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Soil Amendments

Florida’s native soils are often sandy and low in organic matter, making it tough for certain plants to thrive.

One thing you can do to improve growing conditions is to add organic amendments to your soil. By doing so, you’ll increase the nutrient content of the soil, help soil retain moisture, and also stabilize soil pH.

Organic amendments should be added before you plant an area. Use a shovel or tiller to incorporate composted yard waste or composted animal manure into the soil.

Soil amendments are especially helpful for flower beds and vegetable gardens, since these plants need plenty of nutrients and moisture to perform well.

Spend a little time enriching your soil now, and you’ll have happier plants down the road.


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