Create Soil for Desert Gardening

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: The healthy desert landscaping Las Vegas gardeners love is almost completely dependent on the health of the soil you are planting in. Of course, sun and water are factors as well, but none of that matters if the roots of your plants aren’t buried in nutrient rich dirt. So, here are some tips that will help you know what kind of desert dirt you’re dealing with and how you can supercharge it.


You will find sand in your yard if you live close to a wash, dry riverbed or an arroyo. If you find this in your yard, you are in luck. Land made of this material is easy to dig up and easy to infuse with nutrient rich soils. Just remember that sand tends to dry out quickly. So you need to be prepared to water more often. Alternatively, you can keep reading for steps on how to make the most of your gardening space.

Clay and caliche

Living in Las Vegas, you are much more likely to run into clay and caliche. If you have this in your yard, you may just want to call a landscaping company Las Vegas trusts. Clay and caliche can be almost impossible to dig through without the help of a pick axe or a digging bar.

Fix it!

Now that you know what kind of dirt you are dealing with, you have to supercharge your sand or clay. If you don’t you will be very disappointed with the lack of growing that happens in your plots.

The first thing you want to do to create the nutrient rich soil we mentioned before is double-dig the ground. That means you dig down at least 12 inches to aerate the soil. This allows roots to grow deep into the ground. It takes hard work, but the effort is well worth the trouble.

If double-digging seems too strenuous, you can create raised beds for your plants. You can make raised beds with just about anything. The more popular options are recycled crates, cement blocks and reclaimed bricks. Build your bed and fill it with organic, nutrient-infused soil.

It is also a good idea to add compost to your soil as an added dose of good stuff for your plants. If you are just starting out, you can buy organic compost from the local nursery or department store. In the future, think about making your own compost as your garden matures.

Once you know what kind of soil you are dealing with, you can decide if you are going to DIY or call Showcase Land Care. If you call, you can trust these experts in the landscaping Las Vegas relies on to get the job done to your specifications at an affordable price. For more information about the best landscaping Las Vegas offers, contact 702.531.6789.

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