What is rootzone soil and what is it used for?
Whether you’re new to gardening or have been nurturing plants for years, you might not be familiar with every type of soil out there - but rootzone is definitely one worth knowing.
Rootzone is a versatile soil used in gardens, sports turf, and all kinds of landscaping projects. Thanks to its rich nutrients and beneficial bacteria, using it will contribute to the growth of lush, healthy grass and plants in your garden.
MB Wilkes are the South’s go-to specialists for soils, sands, and landscaping products. In this guide, we share everything you need to know about rootzone soil, from what it is to how it’s used. Read on to discover how you can use it for your next landscaping project!
What is rootzone soil?
Rootzone soil is a specially formulated type of soil used to prepare areas for turfing or seeding. It’s created by mixing high-quality soil and sand together, often at a 50/50 or 70/30 ratio.
You can customise the characteristics of rootzone soil by adjusting the sand-to-soil ratio. Add more topsoil for a denser mixture, or add more sand for a looser texture and better drainage.
What is rootzone soil used for?
The primary purpose of rootzone soil is to provide an ideal environment for plant roots to grow, establish, and thrive. Here are some of its most common uses:
- Athletic Fields: Rootzone soil is often used in the construction and maintenance of sports fields, such as football pitches, bowling greens, and golf courses. This is because it provides good drainage, compaction resistance, and an optimal balance of air and water for turfgrass to grow.
- Landscaping: Rootzone soil can be used in landscaping projects, including planting trees, shrubs, flowers, and other ornamental plants. It helps improve soil structure and fertility in both urban and suburban environments.
- Greenhouses: Rootzone soil mixes are customised to suit the needs of various crops in greenhouses and containers. These mixes provide good drainage and aeration for potted plants while retaining essential nutrients.
- Urban Tree Planting: In urban areas where soil quality can be poor due to compacted soils, pollution, and limited space, rootzone soil is used to create a more suitable growing environment for trees. This encourages healthy tree establishment and growth in challenging conditions.
- Erosion Control: Rootzone soil mixes may be used in erosion control applications, such as on slopes, to stabilise soil and promote vegetation growth.
Premium rootzone soils, delivered to your doorstep
Now that you know why rootzone is such a favourite among gardeners, you might be looking to give it a try in your own landscaping projects. If so, you're in the perfect place!
At MB Wilkes, we’re able to supply two premium rootzone soil mixes: 50/50 and 70/30. Both are made from the highest-quality soils and sands and come pre-mixed to guarantee the correct ratio, helping you save time on your project. Even better, we deliver your specified amount directly to your site, usually within 48 hours of your order placement!