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Advantages of Clay Soil for your Landscape

by on September 11, 2013

If you live in an area of the country where clay soil is an option, Long Island landscaping specialists say this might be an ideal alternative to typical soil in order to produce a beautiful Long Island landscape.

Typical soil is often subjected to erosion, especially in climates with heavy rainfall. When the soil is washed away, the roots of your plants become exposed, making them vulnerable. Clay soil also is better for retaining moisture. If you live in an area where the heat often dries out your Long Island landscape, clay soil could be a better alternative so your Long Island landscape plants don’t become brown and susceptible to disease. Because clay soil holds moisture in better and longer, you can save money by watering less!

Another reason Long Island landscaping specialists recommend clay soil is because its pH level rarely needs adjusted. Most clay soil is neutral, which is exactly what it needs to be in order to grow beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers. Regular soil need to be tested annually to ensure the pH level is correct. If it is too acidic or not acidic enough, you need to apply pH conditioners, which cost money and take some guesswork to figure out the right amount.

Clay soil is typically devoid of nutrients, which may seem like a negative, but it is in fact a good thing. You can add the nutrients you deem necessary and have greater control over your fertilization regimen.

If you are considering a Long Island landscape soil change, contact your local Long Island landscaping professionals and find out more about whether or not clay soil is right for you.

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