If soil is not healthy, then the trees, shrubs, and other plants growing within it are not going to thrive as well as they should or at all. Soil contains nutrients that are vital for plant growth. Basically, soil is alive because there are organisms that live within it. These organisms are responsible for a number of processes that occur within the soil so that plant growth is facilitated. All in all, soil biology has to be just right so that the elements for plant uptake are available.
A good example of how important it is for soil to be healthy is the land that farmers use. Some farmers may have to alternate fields in which they plant crops because the previous few years may have depleted the field of nutrients. Other times, they may simply plant a different crop in the field that requires less of the soil. Nonetheless, most farmers will plow, till, and fertilize their gardens and fields to bring up soil deep within the ground that is full of nutrients and use organic matter to grow the necessary organisms. At the same time, necessary moisture and oxygen is able to penetrate to keep the organisms within the soil healthy.
Maintaining Soil Health
You can easily identify basic healthy soil because it is very dark in color and feels crumbly when you have it in your hands. To maintain this health, it is important to make sure the soil is well-drained, stay off of the soil when it is wet, add compost to improve it, and apply lime and fertilizer at the recommended rate. If you are in doubt, your soil can be tested to make sure it has the proper nutrient quantities within it. The University of Minnesota or a private lab can do this every few years.
Nonetheless, it is possible to fertilize too much or do things that can interfere with the health of the soil. Our Minneapolis tree service is very concerned about the health of your soil. This is what keeps your landscape thriving. If you are in doubt about how to fertilize or perform other tasks that are needed to maintain soil health, we can help you. If your soil is not healthy, there are ways to ensure your trees, shrubs, and ornamental plants are living in soil that is good for them.
Contact An Experience Tree Service
When the health of your soil is in question or you want to make sure the ground in which your plants and trees are planted remains as healthy as possible, we can help you. Have us take a look at your soil conditions by calling 1-800-311-3919 and we can provide you with a free quote for any services that you may need to ensure the health of your soil.