Soil management for horticulture

This soil management guide is a practical manual for growers and agronomists with the primary focus on soil assessment and management in horticultural cropping systems.

This guide provides information on how to assess soil texture, structure and condition and considers strategies to improve and maintain good soil structure.


These include approaches for avoiding soil compaction where possible (eg lower tyre pressures, limiting wheel loads, avoiding cultivation when soils are wet and controlling traffic – page) as well as best practice for alleviating compaction, maintaining good drainage and enhancing organic matter to build productive soils that are more resistant to compaction and erosion, and more resilient during spells of dry and wet weather.


The guide has been produced as part of the AHDB GREATsoils research and knowledge exchange programme.