North Essex

Most soil types in the areas have a neutral pH (6.5-7) which is ideal for most plants and grass. The soil in some parts can be slightly acidic (pH 5.5-6.5) and are ideal conditions for encouraging moss particularly when combined with poor drainage, shade and poor soil fertility.

Areas with older housing stock generally have good quality loamy top soil in their gardens. Loams are a mixture of clay, sand, silt and organic matter and are likely to be soils that have been worked for many years already to improve their structure.

On higher ground the soils found can be very stony and gritty. These soil types are generally low in nutrient and not very moisture retentive. The main issue with newer housing developments constructed in the last 20-30 years is poorer quality top soil being present in gardens and insufficient thickness.

On areas with a heavy clay sub-soil this generally leads to problems with drainage.

  • Braintree
  • Chelmsford
  • Dunmow
  • Epping
  • Harlow
  • Ongar
  • Roydon
  • Saffron Walden
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