Those beautiful fields of greens and lovely flowers can make just about any landscape a picturesque sight. But, the most essential factor contributing to those lovely plants is the layers of soil lying underneath. And to promote a healthy landscape in artificially constructed environments, we not only need to invest in the soil, but also make a few efforts in that direction. Below are a few quick tips and tricks that can help in enhancing your soil and achieving a beautiful environment.
Building a healthy landscape begins with a thorough knowledge of setting up healthy soils to ensure a strong foundation. Natural settings come with highly productive soils developed by the action of biologically active flora and fauna that provide exudates and nutrients to the plants. On the other hand, man-made surroundings are associated with shallow, and biologically poor topsoil having compacted fills underneath. This in turn, hampers a proper water drainage and development of deep roots, which further prevents plant growth in those areas as it requires an equal water to air ratio.
In order to promote plant growth in such a scenario, manufactured soil needs to be treated with lots of synthetic fertilizers that are not only quite costly, but also calls for a great deal of effort. In fact, it also harms the soil microorganisms by affecting the natural degradation process, leading to their severe dehydration caused by the action of artificial salts.
The new building codes by municipalities require builders to add thick layers of biologically healthy soil on the land in order to achieve deeper soil profiles with minimum interface problems. However, these codes aren't applicable everywhere and thus, most lands call for expensive maintenance practices in the long run. Treating shallow soil problems on landscapes that have already been constructed is quite an expensive affair. So, the key to achieving healthy soils is to follow a few steps at the time of construction itself.
To make sure that various soil problems, including unhealthy plants and poor drainage are treated by the landscape contractors employing the most appropriate practices, it is advised to build a healthy partnership with the contractor. Although, it might turn out to be a little expensive initially, it will make the land safer and more productive in the future.
All it takes to identify the nature and texture of the interface between the topsoil and subsoil is to dig a small test hole in the layers. Implementing regular aeration and adding soil amendments can do wonders when it comes to improving the water tables of shallow interfaces in the long run. Aeration not only helps the process of water infiltration, but also makes the roots deeper. While, significant improvements in the soil texture as well as development of flora and fauna is brought by timely addition or organic fertilizers and topdressing of the soil.
Wise irrigation and soil improvement measures involving a careful use of necessary pesticides and organic supplements can bring a healthy and natural soil system to life. As a result, the landscape will not only call for lesser use of synthetic material, but also prove to be a cost-friendly and eco-friendly solution for enhancing your soil.