If you want a healthy lawn or garden, it starts with the soil. Making sure that soil is healthy is an important task. Even if you spend a lot of time working with your plants, having unhealthy soil will lead to unhealthy plants. Let’s investigate the major signs of unhealthy soil and what you can do to improve your soil health.
Signs Of Unhealthy Soil
There are three major signs of unhealthy soil, specifically low moisture, high compactions and poor growth. If soil is dry and crumbly when you touch it, it is not retaining moisture. Soil needs moisture to hold nutrients and allow plants to thrive. Soil that is very hard and packed together is also going to keep plants from thriving. They won’t be able to grow well and water won’t be able to penetrate into the ground through the hard soil. Finally, even if the soil is not clearly compacted or dry, it might still not be healthy if you can’t keep anything alive in it over time. Even if the plants are growing but not thriving, they keep wilting and looking sickly, it might be because the soil is unhealthy.
How To Help Unhealthy Soil
So it seems like a weird circular argument, but one way to help unhealthy soil is to plant things in it, especially things that will break down over time and add nutrients to the soil. If the lack of soil moisture is the main problem, frequent watering may solve the problem. It may also help to enhance the soil with some compost. If you can afford to install an irrigation system, that is the easiest way to make sure your soil is always adequately watered. If the problem with your soil is the compaction, you will have to stir it up and loosen it before you can plant anything. If you struggle to get a shovel into the dirt, the roots of your plants will likewise struggle. Finally, if you have worked on having a good watering routine and supplemented your soil with compost, but things still won’t grow, you should seek professional recommendations. You can test soil to see if there is something else that you can use to supplement the soil.
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