Improving Soil Quality: How To Condition Soil For Better Plant Growth

by johnah on October 31, 2020

Improving Soil Quality: How To Condition Soil For Better Plant Growth

The following are some of the benefits of improving soil quality:

1) Improved crop yields.

Increased plant growth and higher yield can be expected from improved soil quality. If your crops are not getting enough water or nutrients, then it will affect their ability to grow properly. This is why it’s so important to have good drainage in your garden area.

2) Reduced pest problems.

Pests like aphids, scale insects, spider mites and others can be controlled if there is proper moisture content in the soil. When plants don’t get enough water they cannot produce their best products.

3) Increased nutrient retention.

Plants need all the nutrients they can get to thrive and produce healthy fruits and vegetables. Without adequate amounts of certain nutrients, plants won’t survive long.

4) Increased weed control.

Plants with good soil quality are less likely to suffer from weeds and other unwanted pests. They may even become self-sufficient and no longer require assistance from humans to keep them alive!

5) Improved storage life.

Crops that can resist diseases and other pests will have a better chance to survive the elements during the non-growing season. These crops will also have a longer shelf life once harvested, which is great for food banks or other types of assistance programs.

6) Overall, it’s just the right thing to do.

Taking care of our planet is one of the most important things we can do as humans. Everything we do effects the world around us, either positively or negatively. The small things we do can have a big impact on our environment.

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Improving Soil Quality: How To Condition Soil For Better Plant Growth

There are many different ways you can improve soil quality, which are listed below:

1) Add organic materials into the soil.

Things like compost, peat moss, rotted manure and other similar items can be added to most types of soil to improve its ability to retain water and nutrients. These are really good for use in flower beds and vegetable gardens, especially if you need to improve the soil quickly.

2) Create drainage systems.

If you have a low-lying area of your yard that tends to flood every time it rains, consider installing a drainage system.

Sources & references used in this article:

Soil organic matter stratification ratio as an indicator of soil quality by AJ Franzluebbers – Soil and Tillage Research, 2002 – Elsevier

The role of biochar and biochar-compost in improving soil quality and crop performance: A review by G Agegnehu, AK Srivastava, MI Bird – Applied Soil Ecology, 2017 – Elsevier

The ameliorating effects of biochar and compost on soil quality and plant growth on a Ferralsol by G Agegnehu, MI Bird, PN Nelson, AM Bass – Soil Research, 2015 – CSIRO

Concept, components, and strategies of soil health in agroecosystems by F Magdoff – Journal of nematology, 2001 –

Plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria to improve crop growth in saline soils: a review by D Paul, H Lade – Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 2014 – Springer



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