Western Australia's sandy soils are some of
the worst in the world for growing. There is a way to improve
your sandy garden soil naturally - Sand Remedy!
Here in Perth, our sandy soils are very
ineffective at holding water and with our hot, dry summers
water repellency is an on-going issue. In addition, the sand
which makes up the majority of gardens both in metropolitan
Perth and many regional areas of WA, is devoid of most
nutrients and organic matter. It needs improving
considerably to ensure plants thrive, and that water used on
the garden is used with maximum efficiency.
Ideal soils for gardening are loamy soils. Loam is the term
used to describe soils which are a mixture of sand and clay
particles. Loam is the ideal growing medium because it contains
a range of different sized particles, which allow for water and
air to penetrate, and room for plant root hairs to grow.
How to improve your soil?
The Sand Remedy Solution
If you want to know how to improve sandy soil into good garden
loam, you need to add clay to improve the garden's soil.
This is where Sand Remedy comes in. One of its active
ingredients is a naturally occurring clay mineral which can
hold many times its own weight in water.
The mineral particles bond with sand particles meaning this
unique water holding ability stays locked into your soil and
creates a ‘crumb structure’. These ‘crumbs’ hold nutrients, air
and water in a structure that is ideally suited to plant roots
- an ideal soil amendment.
Unique Blend of Six
The unique blend of six minerals in the mix also work to
hold nutrients by a process known as cation exchange. Clay
particles are negatively charged, so have a natural ability to
hold on to positively charged particles (called ‘cations’
(pronounced cat-irons) like nitrogen and potassium, making them
available to plants as required.
The ability of Sand Remedy to keep nutrients in the soil
prevents leaching of these soluble nutrients into our
waterways, reducing algal blooms and pollution of our
Sand Remedy also contains trace elements, beneficial
microbes and a food source for them. This is to ensure that
colonies of these microbes will thrive, and help establish the
most ideal growing conditions for your plants. It is these
microbes which make many nutrients available to plants in a
form they can use, and aid in keeping moisture in the root
zone, where it is needed.
Elements provided by Sand Remedy include: Nitrogen,
Phosphorous, Potassium, Calcium, Carbon, Magnesium, Sulphur,
Silicon, Iron, Coppper, Zinc, Manganese, Boron, Cobalt,
Molybdenum and Selenium in a balanced, slow release
The carefully researched blend of minerals in Sand Remedy work
together to ensure your garden can be as water wise as
Soil treated with Sand Remedy will grow plants that show a
marked increase in drought tolerance and pest/disease
resistance. Soil may still become dry over our long
summers, but is much easier to re-wet, acting like a
We always recommend an on-going soil improvement program to
improve soil structure by adding organic matter (eg. Aged
manure, compost, etc). For healthy plants, feed the soil!
Conserving water in our dry climate is crucial. There are
many ways we can all reduce our water use in the garden - Sand
Remedy is one product which will help. Improving the soil prior
to planting (if you have sandy soils particularly) is
important. Contact us if you would like more information on
water wise gardening.
Sand Remedy is made in Perth by The Green Life Soil Company,
and has been since 2001. It is Certified Organic by NASAA
(National Association for Sustainable Agriculture