What Is Sandy Soil?

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Sandy soils are granular soils that contain small rock and mineral particles. The texture of sandy soils is usually gritty. This soil feels course whether it is dry or wet.

Sandy soils are the result of the weathering and disintegration of a variety of rocks such as granite, limestone and quartz. This type of soil is easy to cultivate but, since it allows for more drainage than needed, it is important to water it regularly, especially during summer days. As sandy soils don't allow the water to pool around the roots, they are a good choice for plants that have a tendency to suffer from root decay.