Often referred to as light or hungry soil. Sandy soils are often well-drained but will dry out quickly and can struggle to naturally hold plant nutrients.
The plants that do thrive in this soil, have developed root systems that penetrate the ground deeply in order to reach the nutrients that they need to flourish. They often have developed leaves which reduce the loss of moisture. Interestingly, these leaves can be small and reflexed, evergreen and glossy or have a covering of hair.
Simply pick up a handful of your garden soil and rub it between your fingers. If you can see individual grains and it feels gritty between your fingers or doesn’t roll into a sausage shape, instead falling apart and not holding its shape, the soil is sandy.
These types of soils drain well and hold little water, so aren’t prone to waterlogging. In addition, they are light and easy to dig compared to clay soils.
On the other hand, because of the gaps between particles in sandy soil being larger, water can flow away quickly, so can be prone to drought.
If you’ve got a spare spot for a tree, there are several options to choose from:
There are plants for every soil type, so get to know your soil using my expert guide and you’re well on your way to creating a glorious garden that’s full of colour, texture and dynamic designs.