SOIL HEALTH

WHY IS SOIL HEALTH SO IMPORTANT?

Most people are focused on the visible part of their lawn – above the surface. The real secret to a healthy lawn lies underground. The soil determines the health of the entire lawn. Healthy soil is full of beneficial microorganisms like fungi and bacteria, which help a plant to digest nutrients. These microorganisms also help strengthen your lawn against pests and disease.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HEALTHY SOIL?

A lawn with healthy soil vs. one that does not is very evident. Lawn care providers that focus on soil biology will have less weeds and a thicker, greener lawn. A healthy lawn will require approximately 25 percent less water as healthy soil retains moisture better. With healthy soil your lawn will have deeper and healthier roots and also become more resistant to weeds and disease.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF SOIL?

The two main soils are heavy and light soils. Heavy soils contain more clay and are sticky and hard to work with, but are generally more fertile. Sandy or silty soils are considered light soils because they are more permeable, water draining-type soils.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTHIEST TYPES OF SOIL?

The healthiest type of soil is called loam. Loam is great for gardens and lawns because it is crumbly, full of organic matter, and retains moisture yet still drains well. Loam is a balance of sand, silt, and clay. If you’re not sure whether you have healthy soil, there is testing available to determine its viability.

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