Want to make sure your garden soil is healthy?? As time goes on, it can be depleted of its nutrients – so before you plant during the next growing season, it’s a good idea to revitalize your soil. Here are a few of our top tips for improving the quality of your soil!
Below, we’ve put together a few tried-and-true methods for improving the quality of your garden soil. Take a look, and see which ones may be right for your garden.
Don’t Be Afraid Of #2!
Manure from herbivores like cows, sheep, and goats is packed full of organic, natural nutrients that your garden craves. Best of all, it’s usually quite inexpensive, so you’ll be able to get quite a bit of it, and work it into your soil. It’s best to use manure after the growing season, though, as you don’t usually want to apply fresh manure to growing plants.
Composting is a great way to get more out of your garden. By composting things like grass clippings, eggshells, unused bits of vegetables, fallen leaves and more, you can create an extremely nutritious compost that’s perfect for your garden. If you don’t already compost, you should start right away!
Aerate Compacted Soil
If you’ve noticed issues like water pooling on your soil or a hard, dense soil profile, you need to aerate your garden soil after the planting season. When the soil is too hard and dense, water and oxygen have trouble reaching the roots of your plants. Using a lawn aerator, you can break up these clumps and make your soil healthier for the next growing season!
You should pull weeds whenever they start to grow in your garden. They sap nutrients from your vegetables and reduce the overall quality of your soil. Weed your lawn once before the growing season begins, and periodically throughout the year.
Note: it’s tempting, but do NOT use pulled weeds in your compost! The seeds may remain intact, and could take root when you put compost into your soil – causing an even worse weed infestation!
Mulch For More Protection
Mulching your garden is a great idea. It helps insulate your garden’s soil and prevent big temperature fluctuations, it helps keep weeds out, and it helps keep moisture in your soil. It also helps prevent soil compaction. We recommend mulching in the mid-to-late spring for the best results. Spread a 1-2 inch thick layer of mulch over your soil. Don’t go too thick, or seedling may have trouble getting through the mulch and into your topsoil!
It may seem hard to ensure that your garden soil remains healthy all-year-round. But with these quick and easy tips, you can rejuvenate your garden soil, and enjoy healthier plants next growing season – no “green thumb” required! Even if you follow just a few of these tips, you’re sure to get great results. Got questions? Contact Windwood Bulk right away for landscaping services!