Having healthy, living soil is so important because of all the things that soil does. It stores water and nutrients, regulates water flow, neutralizes pollutants, sequesters carbon, helps plants resist pests and so much more.
However, it is only able to all these wonderful things when it has the bacteria, protozoa, nematodes, worms and other beneficial organisms alive and in a healthy, interactive foodweb.
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 any grading
- Protect soil from being compacted or compressed
- Defend against erosion
- Amend the soil with compost before planting
- Grasscycle - Allow clipped grass to remain on lawn and naturally breakdown into nutrients
- Mulch regularly
- Aerate and break up any compacted soils
- Feed soils naturally
- Avoid synthetic, quick-release fertilizers
- Minimize the use of chemical pesticides
Read more about Nurture Soil (PDF).