Nurture the Soil
Having healthy, living soil is important because of all the things it does. It stores water and nutrients, regulates water flow, neutralizes pollutants, sequesters carbon, helps plants resist pests and so much more.
It is only able to do all these things when it has the bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, worms and other beneficial organisms that are an important part of a healthy, interactive soil food web.
In order to maintain this delicate interaction between billions of organisms, the structure, water, minerals and organic matter of the soil must be suitable.
Care for soil, it is alive and the foundation of life in any landscape.
- Remove and store topsoil before grading
- Protect soil from compaction
- Defend against erosion
- Amend the soil with compost before planting
- Mulch regularly
- Aerate compacted soils
- Feed soils naturally
- Avoid synthetic, quick release fertilizers
- Minimize the use of chemical pesticides
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