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Understanding the Different Types of Soil

Whether you’re looking at new plants to buy or looking at homes and the yards they rest on, chances are soil has come up in your research. That’s because understanding soil means giving your trees, bushes, flowers, plants, and garden the best chance at thriving under your care. 

If you don’t know the different types of soil yet, you’ve come to the right place. To help you make the best-informed decisions for your plants and yard, we’re describing the different types of soil below!

Different Types of Soil

  • Chalk: Both light and heavy because of its levels of calcium carbonate and lime, this type of soil is perfect for plants and trees that need high levels of acidic. 
  • Clay: This type of soil holds onto a lot of nutrients and levels of water. However, it can dry out quickly and crack while also remaining wet and cold for long periods of time during the winter. Many gardeners and yard owners find it very frustrating. 
  • Loam: A mixture of sand, silt, and clay, this soil is the perfect combination of all the other types! It’s easy to work with, fertile, and has great drainage. 
  • Peat: Most often used to create a fantastic base for planting, peat soil is known for containing a high level of organic matter. It can also retain large amounts of moisture. 
  • Sandy: Light, warm, and dry; sandy soil drains quickly and is easy to work with. However, it can dry out quickly and also has very little nutrients to work with. 
  • Silt: While this soil is very prone to washing away during storms, it does have a high fertility rate. It also drains well and also holds moisture. 

Which Type of Soil to Use?

Now that you know the different types of soil, you might be wondering which one is best for your project. 

  • Want an indoor jungle? It’s best to look up what specific types of soil your plants enjoys. However, in general, loam soil is great for indoor plants. 
  • Planting a garden? Clay soil works wonderfully for gardening. 
  • Want what’s best for your trees? While it always pays to do the research for what soil your particular tree will like, sandy soil is a great, generic option. 

Providing the best type of soil and care for your yard and trees is our speciality. Have further questions about the different types of soil? Feel free to reach out to us by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-252-6448.