Soils

Soil Treatment Services

Knowing which soil to use in your garden can make the difference between flowers and shrubs growing healthily or poorly. Nutrition, fertilisers and the removal of weeds all count towards providing the right foundation and environment for plants to grow. Perfect Ground Solutions provide soil treatment services to clients throughout Ware and Hertfordshire, including aeration and scarification.

  • Which type of soil does your garden consist of?
  • Is your soil chalky, firm, muddy or water-logged?
  • What is the pH balance of your garden soil?

All these questions can be answered, with the expertise and experience that we can offer. Once we know the consistency and type of your garden soil, we can offer suggestions for improving your greene!.

What is the most healthiest soil for your garden?

Soils are unique in each area – a place that is dynamic and constantly changing, leading to an interconnected web of relationships that underpin plant health. Minerals and water interact with a living biological community close to our toes to deliver the processes that support the growth of roots and provide the plants with water and nutrients.

Soil provides the essential link between the components that make up our environment, so protecting the health of soils is critical to environmental sustainability. Soils form these links through:

  • Exchanging gases, such as carbon dioxide, with the atmosphere
  • Regulating the flow of water and rainfall in the water cycle
  • Providing nutrients for plant growth by degrading organic matter and transforming chemical fertilisers
  • Storing, degrading and transforming organic materials and contaminants that are applied through animal and human activities or deposited by flood waters and aerial deposition.

A healthy soil is able to sustain, in the long term, its most important functions. A healthy soil will be able to sustain plants and also maintain or enhance environmental benefits.

Why is soil one of the most amazing things on Earth?

In soils that are healthy places for plants to grow, the interactions between chemistry (soil pH, nutrients), physics (soil structure and water balance) and biology (earthworms, microbes, plant roots) are optimised for each particular place and environment. 

If your soil has infestations of Chafer Grubs, Leather Jackets or other turf pests, we can remove those (and their nests) too.

soil types for garden

Know your soil

Soils in any location are the unique result of the specific local interactions of climate, geology and hydrology.

Soils form as a result of the physical and chemical alteration (weathering) of parent materials such as rocks and organic matter. Here is a healthy portion of soil, that has a good depth of darker topsoil on the surface. The subsoil is broken up, with lots of cracks, that allow good drainage and air to pass through the profile.

As can be seen, this allows the grass plant roots to penetrate to a depth of the fork.

best soil types for garden

It is important when importing soil to make sure that the correct soil is chosen. Soils differ significantly from area to area and just putting a soil on the surface of another soil will not necessarily mean that it will work. If the pH or texture are very different, the microflora and micro fauna will not be able to operate, and the roots will struggle.

Once new soil has been purchased (or the existing soil has been checked for pH balance and is healthy to use) the procedures of aeration and scarification can take place, prior to lawn construction.

Ready to discuss constructing your new lawn?  Contact us, call us on 01920 461 958 or request a quote from one of our horticultural specialists. Alternatively, read more about us and our ethos towards clients.