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Soil and fertilisers in Warwickshire

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 Warwickshire, 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 Warwickshire, and start choosing from the wide variety of fertilisers and soil enhancers they have to offer, to suit your particular gardening needs.

Avondale Nursery

Mill Hill
Baginton, CV8 3AG

B&Q Stratford-upon-avon

Unit A, The Maybird Centre, Birmingham Road
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0HZ

Barby Nurseries

Daventry Road
Rugby, CV23 8TG

Barn Close Nurseries

Old Warwick Rd
Shrewley, CV 35 7AX

Bungalow Nurseries

65 London Road
Rugby, CV23 9JB

Charlecote Garden Centre

Becheberie
Warwick, CV35 9EW

Cheapside Nurseries

Cheapside Cottages, 5 Honeybourne Road, Bickmarsh
Alcester, B50 4PB

Crabtree Farm Nurseries

Stratford Road Bidford-on-Avon
Alcester, B50 4LL

Dai-ichi Bonsai

Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, Studley
Redditch, B80 7DR

Dobbies Garden Centres Atherstone

Cross Lane Farm, Nuneaton Road
Atherstone, CV9 1RF

Dobbies Garden Centres Atherstone Outlet

Cross Lanes Farm, Nuneaton Road
CV9 1RF, United Kindom

Dobbies Garden Centres Rugby

Straight Mile
Bourton-on-Dunsmore, CV23 9QQ

Dudfield Nurseries

Orchard Cottage, Tavern Lane
Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 9HE

Duncan's Pet and Garden Centre

10 Warwick Rd Wellesbourne
Warwick, CV35 9ND

Durnos Nurseries

Old Holly Lane
Atherstone, CV9 2HD

Earlswood Garden & Landscape Centre

Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood
Solihull, B94 5JU

Fibrex Nurseries

Honeybourne Road
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8XP

Halwyn Nurseries

5a Stratford Street
Nuneaton, CV11 5BS

Hill Close Gardens

Bread and Meat Close
Warwick, CV34 6HF

Hillers Garden & Plant Centre

Dunnington Heath Farm
Alcester, B49 5PD

Hillview Garden Centres

Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, Studley
Redditch, B80 7DR

Hintons Nursery

Coventry Road
Guy's Cliffe, CV34 5FJ

Homebase Bedworth

Rear of 57, Newtown Rd
Bedworth, CV12 8QD

Homebase Leamington Spa

Myton Road
Leamington Spa, CV31 3NY

Homebase Rugby

Unit A Elliots Field Ret Pk Leicester Rd
Rugby, CV21 1SR

Homebase Stratford Upon Avon

Avon Ind. Est. Birmingham Rd
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0AE

Homebase Warwick

Emscote Road
Warwick, CV34 4QP

Kings Hill Nurseries

Kings Hill Lane
Coventry, CV3 6PS

Lodge Farm

Case Lane Five Ways Hatton
Warwick, CV35 7JD

Mappleborough Garden Centre

Birmingham Road, Mappleborough Green
Studley, B80 7DL

Queens Road Nursery

9A Queens Road
Kenilworth, CV8 1JQ

Red Road Plant Centre

Red Road Little Kineton
Warwick, CV35 0DH

Ridgeway Nurseries

2 Evesham Road
Alcester, B49 5JR

Rimo Growers

Medda Place
Coventry, CV23 9JR

Russells Nurseries

Baginton Bridge Nurseries Mill Hill
Baginton, CV8 3AG

Smiths Nurseries

Stoneleigh Road
Baginton, CV8 3BA

Stratford Garden Centre

Campden Road
Stratford upon Avon, CV37 8LW

Stratford Upon Avon, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Black Hill, Warwick Road
Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 0QW

Studley Garden Centre

Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, Studley
Redditch, B80 7DR

The Garden Store

Accounts Office
Charlecote, CV35 9ER

The National Herb Centre

Banbury Road
Banbury, OX17 1DF

The Oaks Nurseries

326 Weddington Road
Nuneaton, CV10 0EU

The Plant Centre at Pershore College

Finance Office
Royal Lemington Spa, CV32 5JE

Village Farm Nursery

Onley Lane
Rugby, CV23 8TB

Westacre Shed Centre

Unit 6
Balsall Common, CV7 7HB

Wickes Nuneaton

Weddington Road
Nuneaton, Cv10 0Ad

Wickes Rugby

Elliots Field Retail Park
Rugby, Cv21 1Ss

Wickes Warwick Kitchens & Bathrooms

22 Coten End
Warwick, Cv34 4Np

Wilkinson Home and Garden

1b Manning Walk
Rugby, CV21 2JT

Wilkinson Kenilworth

67-69 Station Road
Kenilworth, CV8 1JD

Wilkinson Nuneaton

2 Church Street
Nuneaton, CV11 4AH

Wilkinson Rugby

Unit Lsu1B
Rugby, CV21 2JT

Young Plants

Whitehill Farm
Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 8BW