Having good soil is imperative to maintaining a healthy garden, and the only way to do this is to be very particular about what soil supplies you use. While most of your garden is likely able to survive on its own, special plants, trees and featured areas should be better maintained with specialised soil supplies. Of course, if you are intending to grow edible crops, then this percentage will increase as will your need for soil supplies, but as a general rule, there are three types of supplies that every garden will need in some amount.

Cow Manure

While there are many different types of fertiliser out there that promise different benefits, there is simply nothing that beats cow manure on a day-to-day basis. Cow manure offers so much good nutritional value for virtually any plant that it is a must-have. Many soil supply shops offer it in huge quantities all the way down to 20kg bags, so it is fit for any sized garden. It can also be used on edible or decorative plants, and it is useful year-round so make sure to always be in good supply.

Potting Mix

Potting mix is so vital because a lot of Australian's enjoy keeping their most prized plants in, you guessed it, pots. Potting mix is better in these circumstances than regular soil because it has a lot of large particles that allow the plant to breathe better than the more compacted alternative. It also offers slightly more nutritional content than just your average garden soil. If you want your plant to take hold in your pots, then the best way to do so is with specifically tailored dirt that will cater to its needs. 

Top Dressing

Topdressing is a mixture of sand and dirt and comes in different grades, from very fine and well washed and then going down to unwashed and with larger particles. Topdressing is the final soil supply that you add on top of your garden once it has been thoroughly pruned, weeded and cut into the shape you want. Topdressing often offers very literal nutritional value, but is more so the finishing touch for the aesthetics of your garden and makes it look a lot nicer than if it wasn't there. It can also be used to help grow grass and let it take hold, or underneath astroturf, but that is usually for commercial enterprises.

Contact a local soil supply shop to learn more.