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"Good Soil, Good Tree": Keeping the soil healthy in your garden

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Posted at 5:48 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 08:18:12-04

There is nothing worse then looking up at an oak tree that's been there for over a hundred years and thinking "there might be something wrong with that tree".

The problem is that we can spend so much time looking up at the trees that we can miss what's causing them the stress, and for that we need to look down.

Soil is probably one of the most important elements when it comes to growing plants. And while that may seem simple enough, the truth is many of us ignore it at the cost of the plant.

Plants need nutrients, nutrients they find in the soil, and too often the case we feed them chemical fertilizers instead of simply allowing nature to do its thing.

Simply leaving biodegradable materials on the ground, grass clippings or leaves for example, allows that bio matter to break down and improve the health of your soil and offer the nutrients your plant needs.

Not only does this help with growing, but it improves the overall health of your property. Healthy soil is the building block that can lead to improving your own mini ecosystem.

This can bring back birds to the garden and allow for wildflowers and healthy trees to flourish.

And if all of us take these steps, we can start to improve the health of land all over Acadiana.

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