Healthy soil and why you should care! – Show Notes

Today I am sharing a throwback episode!  We cover the basics of understanding soil health, and why this is incredibly important for low maintenance landscaping and eco friendly landscaping!  Soil is the basis for plant life!  Good healthy soil makes good healthy plants.

Today’s links: ely.how/episode96

Topics:

  • Simple principle
    • Good organic matter
    • Support microbes
    • Good moisture
    • Good air
  • What is soil
    • Physical
      • Texture
        • Granular size of soil
        • Sand
          • Large particle sizes
          • High permeability
          • Benefits
            • Well drained
          • Risks
            • High nutrient loss
            • Erosion prone
            • Drought prone
        • Silt
          • Medium particle sizes
          • Permeable
          • Benefits
            • Generally higher nutrient availability
            • Well drained
          • Risks
            • High nutrient loss
            • Erosion prone
            • Poor structure
        • Clay
          • Small particle size
          • Low permeability
          • Benefits
            • Increased mineral access
            • Stronger structure
          • Risks
            • Prone to cracking in drought
            • Low permeability
            • High compaction
            • Prone to waterlogging
        • Loam
          • Mixture of various particle sizes
          • Ideal condition
          • Allows good aggregation
          • Risks
            • Nutrient loss
          • Structure
            • Shape and size of clumps
            • Affects drainage
        • All conditions
          • Organic matter improves
            • Aggregation
            • Drainage
            • Moisture retention
            • Nutrient availability
          • Acts as a sponge
          • Life matrix
    • Biological
      • Microbes to invertebrates
        • Bacteria
        • Fungi
        • Protozoa
        • Invertebrates
          • Insects
          • Arthropods
            • Spiders, centipedes, pillbugs, mites
          • Worms
        • All levels crucial to maintaining good nutrient cycling
      • Fungi, bacteria
        • Primary importance
        • Cell-level associations with plants
        • Interact with roots
        • Fungi
          • Massive cell networks
          • Increase plant root access
        • Bacteria
          • Nitrogen availability
        • Both
          • Dissolve minerals
          • Provide nutrients
          • Plant-microbe exchange
            • Proteins, carbohydrates
            • Clumps soil together
          • Normalizes pH
          • Disease defense
        • Requirements
          • Air
          • Water
          • Carbon
  • How to build and maintain good soil
    • Organic matter buildup
    • Keep it covered
    • Plant roots
    • Enhance soil life
    • Prevent waterlogging
    • Prevent use of chemicals
      • Reduces life
      • Adds salts to soil
      • Focus on gentler approaches
    • Avoid compaction
      • Focus walking
      • Reduce heavy equipment
      • Mulching
    • Reduce general disturbance
      • Repeated tilling
      • Buffer Heavy traffic
      • Pet urine – provide safe area
        • High carbon
      • Erosion prevention

You deserve a beautiful yard!

Easy Living Yards can help you create your beautiful eco-friendly yard.

See below to find the options right for you. Start today!

Create your Dream Yard