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22 November 2013

Common Problems Caused by Insufficient Sand and Salt

Looking after your garden is not an easy task, there are many different aspects of your garden area that can pose problems with no obvious solutions. How do you know what is causing these problems and how can you solve them? Here’s a guide to the main problems that are posed by not enough sand or salt within your garden and how you can pick up on the issues before the damage becomes irreversible.


Insufficient Sand – The Consequences

There are many problems caused by insufficient sand within your soil, here are some of the main problems that can arise and how you can deal with the problem as it occurs.


The first issue that you may encounter is soil compaction. The soil within your garden can become compacted during wet weather as you walk across the soil the particles are forced closer together and the air between the particles escapes. If your soil becomes too compacted the amount of water that is able to drain away is drastically decreased; due to this there will be a build-up of excess water which can lead to the rotting of the roots of your plants.


The second issue that can arise when the soil begins to compact is that the roots of your plant cannot spread any further which means they will not have access to the nutrients that they need. If the plants within your garden do not have access to the nutrients that they require they can begin to starve and are very susceptible to disease and attack from pests.


The Solution

The easiest way for you to fix this problem it to mix fine sand particles within the soil of your garden; on the other hand you must ensure that you do not use too much sand. If you mix too much sand into your soil the drainage can be increased significantly, but this is not a good thing. If the drainage within the soil is increased too much your plants may not have access to the water as it will drain through the soil too quickly.


Insufficient Salt – The Consequences

Insufficient amounts of salt within the soil of your garden can pose just as much of a risk as if there is not enough sand.


The plants and flowers within your garden require a small amount of salt to perform basic biological functions such as photosynthesis and respiration. If your plants do not receive this salt they can quickly begin to starve and die, so it’s essential that you make sure there is enough salt in your soil Although as with the sand, there are also problems caused by too much salt in your soil – if the percentage of salt is too high it can cause the diffusion of water to work against the plants rather than with them.


Some of the most common garden pests that will attack the vegetation and foliage within your garden are slugs and snails. By placing salt within the soil of your garden you can discourage slugs and snails; although this method isn’t friendly towards the slugs and snails it’s a lot safer than leaving pellets lying around your garden as these can make dogs and cats very ill.


There are many other reasons as to why you should use sand and salt within your garden. For more information on the uses of these products or any other aggregates feel free to get in touch with us as Aggregate Shop – we’d be happy to hear from you.

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posted by Aggregate Shop at 11:21

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