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.
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.
Add organic matter
Shovelling organic matter from a trug to fork into the ground
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.
Placing bark mulch around a garden plant
Mulch the soil when it’s damp to retain moisture – use compost, bark or gravel.
Grow drought-tolerant plants
Mauve flowers of hardy Geranium ‘Stephanie’
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.