Healthy soils are the foundation of a successful garden. When soils are properly prepared, plant growth flourishes and maintenance is reduced. Learn your soil type; whether it’s sand, loam, or clay, good soil are your plants best asset. Sandy soil absorb water quickly, but doesn’t hold it well for plant roots. Clay soils absorb water slowly and hold large amounts of water. To help build nutrient levels, sustain microorganism, retain soil moisture and reduce runoff, add organic amendments to your soil and cover the surface with 3" of mulch.