An old horticulture professor was teaching on soil science one day, and his opener for that particular class was: "What is the difference between dirt and soil?" "Soil," he said, "is the medium in which plants grow and dirt is something you walk in on your mothers freshly mopped floor." It got a laugh out of the class, and he made a good point about the proper name for soil but, for our purposes, we will consider dirt as being what you have in your garden or yard and soil as what you want in both.
Most people think of their soil as being good or bad based on things like color or how easily you can dig it. But this is missing the most important aspect.
Now don't misunderstand me. There is a lot of bad soil out there with all the new housing developments going on. Stripping all the top soil off a site and then sprinkling a little brown something around the plants is hardly what you could call good soil for a plant to thrive in. Let's think about your soil that isn't the best for planting as being part of good soil that is what you want. As a mater of fact, nearly every type of bad soil/dirt can be improved into good soil that where plants, grass or your garden will flourish.
If you have high-clay dirt, you need sand and organics added in certain quantities to get something closer to good planting soil, And if you have sandy-clay dirt, a bag of organic soil conditioner will likely get you to where you want to be.
Whenever we do a planting project for a customer, we always send the guys out with a portion of planting mix. It consists of a good sandy screened top soil, sand, and fine-ground pine bark. Almost every zone-7 plant we plant for our customers loves it! depending on the time of year we might also add fertilizer when planting.
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