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How Soil pH Affects Plant Growth

soil pH1Your garden or the landscape frequently needs to be checked if the soil pH is appropriate with your gardening requirements or not. If you are not getting required response even after using fertilizers you must get the soil tested and ph Level determined.

pH Values and pH Scale

pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a soil. The pH scale runs through 0.0 to 14.0 values on the scale. The most acid soil would have 0.0 value stands for the most acidic soil while 14.0 is the top value for the most alkaline soil on the pH scale.

Middle of the scale i.e. at 7.0 values is attributed to the neutral soil. Meaning thereby, the soil with 7.0 pH value would neither be acidic nor alkaline in nature on the scale. Read the rest of this entry

Prepare Garden Soil With Effective Micro-Organisms

effective micro organismsFor a gardener the ideal situation in the garden would be rich soil, moist and crumbly, free of weeds and ready to plant. With the right products like compost, manure, fertilizer and a bio stimulant like effective micro-organisms (EM)  you can have fertile soil, ready to grow great yields during the warmer months.

It is best to start with preparing the soil in your open planting beds. Dig in generous amounts of compost and inoculate with EM to start increasing the biological activity in the soil. EM will help improve the soil structure and increase aeration to start preparing your soil for planting. If you have clay soil, manure and EM will improve it by adding humus to the soil structure. Read the rest of this entry

vermicultureComposting with worms would be an educative gardening for your entire family. Children find it fascinating to watch worms create nutrient dense compost for use in the garden.

There are umpteen advantages of using worms in composting. According to Aristotle, worms are “the intestines of the world” in reference to their ability to compost waste. Compost is organic material that has been decomposed by soil borne organisms.

It is one of the cheap option to compost and it is easy to make your own vermy-compost. Vermiculture is composting with the help of worms. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Soil Preparation Tips for Your Garden

rich-soilFirst thing you need to do with your garden soil is to get a soil test. Results of the soil analysis will guide you for what you need to add to correct the pH and boost deficient nutrients.

A soil rich with organic matter is considered to be best for plant growth. It is a good gardening practice to mix compost into soil at the start of the gardening year. It enhances the soil’s physical condition, resulting in improved drainage, increased moisture retention and better aeration. Compost compliments soil with organic matter that contains plant nutrients and act as fertilizer.

Based on specific plant requirements you should add extra nutrients, fertilizers and additives. For indoor as well as outdoor plants bat and seabird guano provides fast- and slow-release nutrients. It is a nematocide. Bone meal is high in phosphate and good for bulbs and root crops. Blood meal is nitrogen-rich dried powdered animal blood and builds leafy green plants. It also helps in controlling moles, squirrels and deer. Cottonseed meal is a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer that also adds organic material to the soil. Read the rest of this entry

climate resilient trees

Everyone should be planting trees. Having witnessed so many droughts , fires,cyclones,and many other adverse climatic conditions across the globe has put forward a challenge before everyone and now is the time that we should be planting and replacing trees if we can meet two important criteria; select trees that are adapted to survive in our a particular climate and ensure they receive adequate water through their establishment phase.

Most tree health problems begin in the root zone so planting your tree properly is critical to its future value.

Trees are commonly planted too deep triggering a chain of health problems related to a poor root gas exchange. Researchers have discovered that planting a tree as little as one inch too deep may set it up for decades of poor vigor or cause it to die within months. Read the rest of this entry

How To Select Trees For Clayey Soil

mapple treeStress affects plants and landscapes equally. Plants become susceptible to insects, diseases and environmental problems when under stress. The best way to control stress in plants is to go proactive and prevent or mitigate the stress factors.

There are specific environmental conditions that work as stress factors include drought,  wind, low humidity, light, and clay soils.

Soil is critical to the plant health. Soil is primarily responsible for majority of the plant problems.

Clayey soil should be considered as a factor while selecting suitable trees for your garden and landscape. Clay soil tends to hold onto iron, and some trees are not able to absorb the amount iron needed for their health because of this clay-iron affinity.

One solution is to select a tree that requires less iron for its metabolic processes. Some trees that do well in clay soils include green ash, white ash, bur oak, English oak, tartarian maple and big tooth maple. Most of the other maples, along with flowering dogwoods, crabapples, boxelders and pin oaks tend to suffer from some level of iron chlorosis, or yellowing of leaves, caused by iron-deficiency stress. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Control Garden Moss Growth

garden mossGarden Moss quite often starts developing when soil is compacted, wet or in too much shade. Growth of garden moss is technically attributed to the imbalance in the soil pH value.

It becomes extremely important for a gardener to determine as what are the conditions that are causing the problem and then it would be best to take the next step toward eliminating the garden moss.

Have your soil tested again to see if the nutrient content and pH level have changed since your last test three years ago. If the soil is deficient in nutrient content or needs lime, the test report will indicate how much fertilizer and lime to apply and when to apply it.

Moss growth usually starts in early winter and reaches its peak in early spring. This growth is caused by excessive rainfall. Moss growth normally declines in summer as conditions become drier and the grass growth increases. In shady areas, the moss may continue to grow through the summer. Read the rest of this entry

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