Taking care of your yard and keeping it looking nice all year can be challenging. Particularly, if you really don’t have a lot of knowledge or practice at treating your soil. You can always hire a professional to handle your lawn care but many people also like to figure out what they can do to help and potentially reduce the costs of keeping their lawn in mint condition.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to treat your soil. In fact, you can actually use natural plant nutrients to improve your soil’s health. If your soil is healthy, then the things growing above the soil are bound to be much healthier as well. Your soil will have a long and healthy life with the proper care.
Today, we have a treat for your soil. We are going to share with you several great ways to use plant nutrients to extend the life of your soil. Your lawn, and your soil, deserve the best care available so let’s give it to them!
Plants are full of nutrients and these nutrients can benefit the soil around them. Most plants have natural nutrients that aid them but what many don’t know is that these nutrients can be helpful to the surrounding areas as well.
Think about it, plants do a lot of our ecosystem and even the fresh air that we breathe.
Here are some of the most common plant nutrients (keep in mind that not every plant has every nutrient).
Of course, each of these nutrients has its own uses and benefits as well. This is not an all-inclusive list. Some of these nutrients are primary nutrients while others are secondary nutrients and some are micronutrients as well.
It’s important to understand that the variables in your soil and the plants can make a significant difference. You should know and understand your soil type before you act. You can do simple soil pH tests that will tell you about your soil type.
Here are some questions that might be helpful in understanding your soil.
- How well does the soil hold water?
- How easily can roots grow in the soil?
- How does the soil hold and retain nutrients?
- How fast does water drain off the soil?
Testing your soil can tell you the type of soil, the pH of your soil, the types of nutrients in the soil, and the amount of soil water.
From here, you need to try to determine what elements from the plant could affect your soil and vice versa.
In order for a plant to effectively add nutrients to the soil, there are specific things to consider to understand whether the nutrients are in the soil. There are 3 main ways in which the nutrients of the plant might be in the soil.
- Chemicals are bound to the particles in the soil
- Microbial decomposition releases soil organic matter into the chemical structure
- Granular or a form that has not yet dissolved
Adding Nutrients to Soil
There are several things you can do to add nutrients to your soil. Here are a few with more detail.
1. Try Using Fertilizer
Compost is great for your soil and it’s an eco-friendly approach to treating your soil. However, when you use fertilizers instead of compost, you get a more specific nutrient treatment for your soil.
Fertilizers are specially made to give your soil the care that they need. They often have natural nutrients within fertilizer that come from plants and other nutrient-producing means. Fertilizers are compounded specifically for the purpose of providing nutrients in the soil.
Compost puts natural elements back into the soil and it does so naturally. The plus side to compost is that it doesn’t contain any chemicals or things that could be bad for the environment. Choose your fertilizer carefully as you can find good fertilizer without harming the air around you or the environment.
2. Invest in Chickens
If you live in an area where chickens are allowed, this is a great way to naturally compost your soil area naturally compost your soil area. You can let your chickens free-range or you can fence a large area for them to roam if you have a particular space that needs some extra nutrients and TLC.
Chickens might also be able to help spread composting piles and peck them into the ground. They are natural scavengers so they dig through the ground and the items and spread it out and help get it into the ground as well.
3. Dig for Nutrients
The nutrients from plants can run deep into the soil. Plant nutrients are in the roots as well. You can mine these nutrients from the plant by digging deep into the soil near the roots. You can also uproot deep-rooted plants and rehome them in a soil area in need of nutrients.
The plant should not lose the nutrients in the move. Just be sure you aren’t leaving an area of soil without much-needed nutrients in the process.
Many people think that soil can take care of itself. While this is a good concept and sometimes true, the truth is that soil does not always have the nutrients need readily available. This is where using plants to add nutrients to your soil could be very helpful for extending the overall life of your soil.