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Why Westland Soil?

Westland soil has been created for optimal plant health. Many people think ‘surely, the soil that’s already in my garden will do’. The truth is, Westland soil is as alive as your plants, bustling and thriving with organic life. In our range, this organic life will nourish your plants and create the foundation to a successful garden.


What makes our Westland soil successful?

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View our Westland Planting Soil for Vegetables, Westland Planting Soil for Flowers and our Westland Soil Improver

Great soil consists of three key factors that must work together: physical structure, chemical balance and biological community. Additionally, the physical structure must include a core composition of sand, silt, and clay for free draining and improved aeration. Plus, the chemical factor must have the correct level of organic matter and a balanced pH for soil to function. Finally, the increase of biological matter results in improved soil fertility to promote stronger crops, larger yields and healthier plants.

Why choose Westland soil over compost?

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Soil is a naturally occurring growing medium and normally contains weathered rock in the form of sand, silt and clay with varying amounts of organic matter. Therefore, the amount of organic matter present can vary widely, from 0% in some arid soils to 100% in peat soils. Westland planting soils are a blend of grit, sand, silt clay and organic matter in the form of active bio-life which has important benefits when blended to create a direct growing medium.

One advantage of Westland soil is increased stability, which makes pots heavier and less likely to blow over. Plus, it makes the growing medium easier to re-wet if it dries out. This is particularly true in the case of peat-based mixes as peat becomes very hydrophobic when dry. Finally, it increases the growing medium’s ability to hold on to nutrients as some clay content is needed for this.

Take a look at our handy table below to work out which growing medium is right for you:

Peat-based Peat-free Soil

– Used for pots, containers, beds and borders

– Ideal for seed sowing

– Good for water retention, but difficult to re-wet once dried

– Great nutrient retention

– Great rooting

– Used for pots, containers, beds and borders

– Not recommended for seed sowing

– Our New Horizon range offers the same great performance as peat-based

– Used for beds, borders, veg plots and raised beds

– Not recommended for seed sowing

– Best for water retention and re-wetting ability

– Finest for stability and longevity

– Best nutrient retention

Find out more about our Soils range.

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