Getting the best from dry soil - Geranium 'Stephanie'

Get the best from dry soil

Gardening on dry soil? We show you how to improve your soil and grow plants that thrive during drought.

Do you have dry soil in your garden? It’s quite easy to tell – it’s easy to work, but it dries out fast. Other telltale signs include plants wilting quickly in hot weather and yellowing foliage, which is due to hindered nutrient take-up due to a lack of water.

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If you have dry soil, there are several things you can do to improve it, including incorporating organic matter. You can also grow drought-tolerant plants.

Find out more, below.

If you have dry soil, there are several things you can do to improve it, including incorporating organic matter. You can also grow drought-tolerant plants.

Add organic matter

Dry soil can be easily improved by adding organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or garden compost. This will improve the soil structure and will help to retain moisture.

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Mulch

Mulch the soil when it’s damp to retain moisture – use compost, bark or gravel.

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Grow drought-tolerant plants

Grow drought-tolerant or Mediterranean plants, such as bearded iris, agapanthus or ornamental grasses, as they will enjoy the good winter drainage. Discover 10 drought-tolerant plants to grow.

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