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Common Soil Problems…Wet and Dry Soils

Wet and dry soils are as common an issue as alkaline and acidic soils in gardens. With the British climate deriving widely from Atlantic influences and making the weather go from one extreme to another. Gardens need the best hydroponic nutrients to help the soil and to promote plant growth.

If the soil stays wet or waterlogged with the formation of a glue-like layer on the soil’s surface, it can cause root rot. And while dry soil is typically not an issue, as it can just be watered and it should get back to normal, the soil can become dehydrated or ‘hydrophobic’.


My Soil is Dry, What Should I Do?

Your soil needs its organic plant nutrients, decomposed living organisms as main particles in heavy soil, to provide better moisture retention. A Soil Bloom or a Soil Grow can help the microfauna in your garden’s soil provide plants for dry soil with strong and healthy crops. Soil that is hard or cracked won’t absorb any water, as it runs off and doesn’t reach the roots. This prevents the latter from digging down, and you should aim for only crumbly soil.

You can add one of the following to your dry soil:

  • Mulch. Hay, cane, or any other mulched plant matter can easily help to heal your soil and improve its moisture retention.
  • Compost. You can use compost, as it’s the best organic matter form for your garden, to revitalise your soil. Compost is made from decomposing elements like vegetables (mushrooms are a great choice) and fruit leftovers.
  • Bio Wetter. If your plants went through a stressful period of excessive heat or, toxic shock, physical damage, or transplanting, they will need a natural anti-stress agent like a Bio Wetter. Reduce leaf surface tension, soften compacted soil, and improve moisture absorption.
  • Aged manure. This old tried and tested method returns valuable nutrients to balance your soil and help your plants grow.

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My Soil is Waterlogged, What Should I Do?

Common in low-lying areas with a high-water table, wet and compacted soils will need to have space added between their particles for better drainage. Clay soils also prevent water to properly drain, containing over 30% of fine clay particles. To know if your garden has a clay soil, you can easily tell if the soil feels smooth and not gritty or there is a dense and sticky consistency. In addition, the soil can be rolled into a ball with a shiny surface.

Remember to not work wet or clay soil, as it adds to compaction problems in your garden. You can add the following to your garden’s wet soil:

  • Sand. Make sure to incorporate sand into your soil, not just as a drainage layer below your garden’s topsoil.
  • Organic matter. When adding amendments to your soil, don’t forget organic matter like plant feed to boost the nutrients.
  • Gravel or compost. For clay soils, you should avoid adding sand, as it can set similarly to concrete. Add one cubic yard of gravel or compost per 100 square feet of soil.

Make sure to plan your garden layout to avoid natural water pathways and build raised beds for better water drainage.

Stay tuned for our blog on clay soils!


Providing your plants with the best possible tools they can have will transform your garden into a beautiful haven. At Plant Magic, we have a wide range of nutrient solutions you can choose from. Get in touch with us for expert advice on growing a healthy garden.

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