One element all vegetation for golf & turf requires for establishment is soil. There are many soil types, but for growing purposes there are three main soil compositions: sand, silt and clay. Soil content affects soil behavior, including the retention capacity for nutrients and water.

Clay soils are heavier and tend to stay wet. Sandy soils are lighter and dry out quicker. Silt is more or less a combination of sand and clay, the ideal growing medium for vegetation. The soil composition plays a very important role in the health and success of the plant. The care for the plant can vary widely depending on the type of soil that exists.