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Soil and fertilisers in Suffolk

You’re always hearing gardeners talking about using fertilisers in their gardens, or what they’re doing about improving the quality of their soil, but what does this all mean? Why are good soil and fertilisers so important? Before answering this question, we at The Garden Centre Guide would like to tell you about how awesome our site is for finding plenty of garden centres in Suffolk, where you can buy all types of fertilisers and a whole array of wonderful products to improve the soil in your garden! Now, onto why you need fertilisers and good soil for your garden.

Fertiliser

Often called plant food, fertiliser can be either natural matter or a mixture of chemicals that are used for improving a plant’s growth. Fertilisers come in water-soluble, granular, or liquid form and can be added as they are to soil or as compost to which fertiliser has already been mixed in. Several organic fertilisers are also available, such as bone meal and chicken manure.

Whether vegetables, fruit, or flowers, plants need nutrients, together with regular watering and sufficient sunlight, in order to thrive. Many compost varieties sold at garden centres contain a balanced amount of fertilisers to give your plants the boost they need.

How fertilisers work

Fertilisers provide all the essential nutrients needed for trees, vegetables and flowers to develop, very similar to what meal replacement supplements or multi-vitamins do for humans. Several fertilisers also enhance the way soil works, by allowing air to flow freely and helping it to retain moisture, both of which are crucial for the roots of plants.

Nitrogen, Potassium and phosphorus are the main ingredients of most fertilisers, with all of these elements being essential for plant growth. Although nutrients are normally found naturally in soil, they can disappear if there is a drainage issue or other problems. You’re giving Mother Nature a helping hand when you add fertiliser to your soil.

Soil

The condition of your soil might not be the first thing you think about when planting time comes around, but after digging a little deeper, you’ll see why having good soil is essential for producing thriving plants. Then you’ll realise why just going ahead with planting in the soil you have in your garden isn’t always a good idea.

Good soil is vital for strong roots, whether you need potting mix for use in containers or for soil in your garden planting beds. Roots need some things to thrive, just like leaves do, and these things include the right environment, air, water and of course, nutrients in the soil. The correct amount of spacing between plants is also important, so that roots can travel freely wherever they need to go. If roots are happy in the soil they’re growing in, then the plant above-ground, will thrive too.

Why are good soil and fertilisers so important? The bottom line is that plants, and this includes the entire plant, roots and all, need good soil and fertiliser to thrive, end of story. Where to get the fertilisers and other things you need to improve the quality of soil in your garden is easy. Simply visit The Garden Guide site, find garden centres in Suffolk, and start choosing from the wide variety of fertilisers and soil enhancers they have to offer, to suit your particular gardening needs.

Alpine Campanulas

Langham Hall Walled Garden
Langham, IP31 3EE

B&Q Bury St.edmunds

43-45 Risbygate Street
St Edmonds, IP33 3AA

B&Q Haverhill

Cambridge Rd Retail Park, Park Road
Haverhill, CB9 7GS

B&Q Ipswich - Euro

4 The Sandlings, Euro Retail Park, off Ransome
Ipswich, IP3 9SN

B&Q Lowestoft

20 North Quay Retail Park, 7 Peto Way
Lowestoft, NR32 2ED

B&Q Sudbury

Woodhall Business Park, Eastern Bypass
Sudbury, CO10 1WH

Barnby Nursery Centre

Swan Lane, Barnby
Beccles, NR34 7QF

Bourne Garden Centre

578 Wherstead Road
Ipswich, IP2 8LS

Bury St Edmonds Garden Centre

Rougham Road
Bury St Edmonds, IP33 2RN

ByPass Nurseries

London Road
Ipswich, IP9 2JR

Cherry Lane - Loing Melford

High Street
Long Melford, CO10 9DH

Cherry Lane Garden Centre

High Street Long Melford
Sudbury, CO10 9DH

Colebrook Garden Centre

St Annes Drive
Redhill, RH1 1AU

Crown Nursery

High Street
Woodbridge, IP13 6EL

Dairy Farm Nursery

Lower Dairy Farm Cottage
IPSWICH, IP8 4JT

Dobbies Garden Centres Bury St Edmunds

Roughman Road
IP33 2RN, United Kindom

Dogwood Garden Centre

South Street Risby
Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6QU

Early Dawn Nurseries & Garden Centre

Rushmere Road Rushmere
Lowestoft, NR33 8HA

Garnetts Gardens

The Street
Woodbridge, IP13 0DT

George Hill Nursery

Barningham Road
Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 2AD

Goldbrook Plants

Goldbrook
Eye, IP21 5AN

Grange Nurseries

Jackson Road
Woodbridge, IP12 4NR

Green Lawns Bonsai

Hadleigh Road
Sudbury, CO10 5JH

Harveys Garden Plants

Great Green
Bury St Edmunds, IP31 3SJ

Hill Cottage Nursery

Four Ashes Corner Walsham le Willows
Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 3BT

Holly Gardens Nursery

Flixton Road Blundeston
Lowestoft, NR32 5PJ

Holton Road Garden Centre

36 Holton Road
Halesworth, IP19 8HG

Homebase Bury St. Edmunds

Easlea Rd Moreton Hall Est.
Bury St. Edmunds, IP32 7B

Homebase Felixstowe

Great Eastern Square Station Approach
Felixstowe, IP11 7DY

Homebase Ipswich

Felixstowe Rd, Warren Heath
Ipswich, IP3 8TQ

Homebase Lowestoft

Tower Road
Lowestoft, NR33 7NG

Homebase Newmarket

Oaks Drive
Newmarket, CB8 7SX

Homebase Sudbury

Waldingfield Road
Sudbury, CO10 2YH

Ladybird Nurseries

Gromford Lane
Saxmundham, IP17 1RD

Langleys Aquatics

3 the villas, withersfield road
haverhill, cb9 7rw

Laurel Farm Garden Centre

Henley Road
Ipswich, IP1 6TE

Lound Plant Centre

Jay Lane Lound
Lowestoft, NR32 5LH

Marlows Diy & Garden Centre

Hollow Road
Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AP

Matthews Flowers

18 High Street
Brandon, IP27 9JS

Nareys Garden Centre

Bury Road
Stowmarket, IP14 3QD

Notcutts Garden Centre-Woodbridge

Ipswich Road
Woodbridge, IP12 4AF

P & R Garden Supplies

Fengate Drove
Brandon, IP27 0PW

Paugers Plants

Bury Road, Church Lane, Depden
BURY ST EDMUNDS, IP29 4BU

Perfect Perennials

Earl Stonham
Stowmarket, IP14 5HY

Plant Centre

Station Road, Cotton
Stowmarket, IP14 4NQ

R Dare

73 Wratting Road
Haverhill, CB9 0DA

Roots & Shoots Garden Centre

Stowmarket Road
Ipswich, IP6 8RR

Rougham Hall Nurseries

Ipswich Road
Bury, ST. EDMUNDS, IP30 9LZ

Sandfords Garden Centre

Barton Mills Bury Street Edmunds
Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 6AH

Sansoms Interflora

4 Milton Road East
Lowestoft, NR32 1NT

Shrubland Park Nurseries

Maltings Farm
Ipswich, IP7 6LZ

Stonham Barns Garden Centre

A1120, Pettaugh Road Stonham Aspal
Stowmarket, IP14 6AT

Sturmer Nurseries

Church Walk, Sturmer
Haverhill, CB9 7XD

Sudbury Garden Centre

Newton Road
Chilton, CO10 0PZ

Swann's Nursery

Eyke Road, Bromeswell
Woodbridge, IP12 2PN

Tattingstone Garden Centre

The Heath
Tattingstone, IP9 2LX

The Walled Garden

Park Rd, Benhall
Saxmundham, IP17 1JB

Three Willows Garden Centre

Flixton Road
Bungay, NR35 1PD

Victoria Nurseries

1 Kettlebaston Way
Ipswich, IP4 2XX

Walled Garden

Park Road, Benhall
Saxmundham, IP17 1JB

Wickes Ipswich

Unit 2, Orwell Retail Park
Ipswich, Ip2 0Aq

Wickes Lowestoft

Peto Way
Lowestoft, Nr32 2Ed

Wilkinson Bury St Edmunds

88-89 Risbygate Street
Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3AQ

Wilkinson Ipswich

28-32 Upper Brook Street
Ipswich, IP4 1EB

Wilkinson Lowestoft

112 London Road North
Lowestoft, NR32 1HA

Wilkinson Mildenhall

32-36 St Andrews Street
Mildenhall, IP28 7HB

Wilkinson Orton Misterton

Ortongate Shopping Centre, Orton Goldhay
Orton Misterton, PE2 5TD

Woodbridge, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Grundisburgh Road
Woodbridge, IP13 6HX

Woottens Nursery

Blackheath Road
Halesworth, IP19 9HD