The Importance Of Caring For Your Soil

March 5, 2018 by No Comments

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When it comes to landscaping your yard, there are a number of things you need to consider. One of the most important, of course, is what actually goes into the ground. From topsoil to crushed shell matter, what you put on your ground can impact the health of your soil and the success of your landscaping endeavors. Healthy soil is judged off of two qualities: whether it is fertile and what its texture is like. By adding organic material like crushed shell or pea gravel you can add essential nutrients that did not previously exist in your soil. This is so important in part because healthy soil should be composed of nearly 50% minerals (the rest should be as follows: one quarter water, one quarter air, and around 5% organic matter).

Adding mulch to your soil is another great way to increase its density of minerals and nutrients. You can purchase organic mulch as well as non organic mulch, but both do the job of helping to provide your soil with what it needs to stay healthy and fertile. As there are different types of soil, so too are there different types of mulch. Depending on what type of soil you have, you should base your choice of mulch off of that. Mulch is particularly important if you are planting trees, as newly planted trees require mulch surrounding them by at least three feet. If you aren’t looking into mulch (or perhaps in addition to adding mulch to your landscape), adding crushed shell can be another way to add the highly important minerals to your soil. A crushed shell ground covering can increase the fertility of your soil as well as protect it.

Crushed concrete, though it is perhaps not the obvious solution, can provide benefits to your landscaping and soil as well. Small rocks or crushed concrete can actually serve as a protective layer against weeds, preventing them from growing where they are not welcome. Crushed concrete and small stones help to impede weed growth without harming the nature and health of the soil itself.

Landscaping is a choice that is ultimately beneficial for every home. Not only does it make the outdoor space of a home more enjoyable and relaxing, it can actually increase the overall resale value of the home as well. In fact, a landscaping renovation can actually increase the resale value of a home by nearly 15%. Proper landscaping is an investment that pays off, and then some, as well as provides you with a beautiful space to spend your time in.

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