A successful landscape is one that lasts a long time. But if you’re wondering what the secret is for a landscape’s longevity then the answer lies on the soil. If your soil is good, then you are almost always assured of growing healthy plants.
However, not every soil in the world is built for growing good plants. More often than not, there are several things you have to do first before you can even plant anything on particular plot of land. Here are some tips on how you can have a soil that is healthy and fertile.
1. Mix your soil with compost
- mixing your soil with compost makes it better in retaining air and water than ordinary soil can. Also, the compost introduces more nutrients to the soil which will help a lot in growing plants.
Creating compost can take a while, though. Active composting, wherein you take a systematic approach in creating compost, takes about a month.
Meanwhile, passive composting, the method where you let nature take its course in composting the organic materials, takes much longer.
If you are like me and live in a condo complex that doesn’t allow composters, you can always go to your local garden center and buy a bag. There are also simple things you can do like save your used coffee grounds and scatter them in the garden. Coffee grounds are good compost and keeps cats from digging.
2. Putting mulch on your soil
- mulch is any type of organic material that you put on top of your soil. It can range from cut grass to bark. Putting mulch on the soil can help the soil retain water better and prevent it from eroding easily. It also can deter weeds from growing.
3. Take it easy on the fertilizer
- just because fertilizers help put nutrients on your soil doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. In fact, too much fertilizer can have adverse effects on your soil and the environment in general.