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Soils are the Foundation for your Vegetation

Fertile soils are a very important foundation for healthy vegetation. Whether you are looking to improve the health of your lawn, or garden bed. You need to know the foundations of a healthy soil. Fortunately, this infographic is loaded with helpful information to help you build a healthier soil. 

Why is soil health so important?

Soil health is necessary for the long-term health of your lawns and gardens. Here’s the deal a plant's tissue health is directly related to the nutrient content of the soil. But in intensive agricultural systems, and over-fertilized lawns, nutrients can be quickly depleted. 

What prevents soil from eroding?

One huge difference between a living soil and dead soil is erosion. Erosion is prevented by healthy cover crops which have deep root systems which enrich the soil with nutrients and encourage healthy microbe growth. 

How does erosion occur? 

Erosion can occur in many ways including; shallow root systems, overgrazing farm animals, lack of crop rotation, and the overuse of synthetic fertilizers. 

Why is soil health so important to the environment?

As more forests are cut down and replaced with farmland, the soil's capacity to act as a carbon sink declines by 20-40%. Meaning that we need to ensure we use our lanes, or gardens and farmland as sustainably as possible. This means maintaining cover crops, crop rotation, and building a healthy soil organically, instead of using synthetic chemicals. 

How do forests prevent soil degradation?

Trees and healthy forest stabilize the soil by not only nutrient cycling but also increasing water retention. This reduces wind erosion and water loss. 

How does healthy soil support plant growth?

Fertile soil provides plants plenty of water, nutrients, and acts as a substrate in which plants anchor their roots. 

At the end of the day, soil health is critical for the healthy life cycle of grass and gardens alike. This infographic was brought to you by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Be sure to share it with your friends and family so we can all be better educated on the importance of soil health.  

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