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The health of your garden depends on which type of soil you use. To promote the growth of nutrient-rich plants and a thriving and lush garden, gardeners need to invest time and preparation to build up your soil.
The Secret to Great Soil
Understanding how to cultivate healthy soil is essential for every gardener. Soil should have a pH level that is stable, maintains good structure, contains the ability to hold and release nutrients, and includes biodiversity. Implement these four ways to build up the health of your soil.
All soil suffers when coming into contact with harmful chemicals. When you spray pesticides, weedicides, or herbicides, your soil suffers. Anything that isn’t natural to the plant or soil may harm the health and moisture of your soil. Chemicals can act as poisons that seep into your soil and slowly compromises your garden by affecting soil salinity, soil fertility, and more. Use soil testing like this Rapitest Soil pH & NPK Test Kit to determine the health of your soil.
Avoid Soil Compaction and Digging
Digging can disturb your soil as well as the weeds that lay dormant inside. By rustling around in your soil, you may spread seeds from weeds allowing them to germinate throughout your soil. We recommend that you use a garden fork when aerating your garden bed or lawn to help improve your soil’s structure.
Use Organic Matter
Build up your soil by using organic matter. By using compost waste from your kitchen and garden, you can naturally boost your soil health. Vegetable and fruit food scraps, grass clippings, fallen leaves, coffee grinds, branches, and manure work best for your garden. Another way to ensure your matter is recycled is to start a worm farm to develop your soil.
Cover Your Soil
Adding topsoil is an essential way to protect your plants and maintain the quality of the soil. With the right amount of topsoil, you will give your plants vital nutrients and protect them against excessive sunlight, various garden pests, and negative outside influences. We suggest using a topsoil calculator to determine the amount of soil your garden or lawn requires for coverage. For this covering, consider using a high-quality topsoil supplier that sells regular soil as well as mixes with mulch. High-quality soil will prevent any moisture from escaping, allowing the soil to create the proper environment for your plants.
Call, email, or drop by Root Grow Bloom to talk with our gardening experts about the right products and process to build up and maintain healthy soil.