Soils, Mulch & Composting

baccharis35.jpg

It all starts with Health Soil

Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy landscape. It protects, anchors, and keeps roots oxygenated while storing and supplying water and essential nutrients. Only healthy, living soil can perform all of these critical functions. A plant in healthy soil looks better and resists stress from weather, pests, and diseases.

These videos from Soil Science Society of America take you through the basics of healthy soil.  

Compost  - a soil's best friend

In nature, leaves and twigs fall to the ground and become compost as they decompose. This compost is alive with beneficial microorganisms that break down organic matter into nutrients that are essential for healthy plants. You can establish this healthy process in your own yard by using compost.

The Composting Education Program has information about classes, where to get compost bins, and so much more.  

This video from StopWaste presents the basics about what to put in your bin, and how to build and maintain a compost pile.  

This file walks you through the basics of composting.

Worm Composting or Vermicomposting how-to file is located here.

Mulch for Healthier Soil and Plants

In nature, leaves and twigs fall to the ground, first acting as a protective blanket of mulch and eventually becoming nutrient-rich compost as they decompose. Both stages contribute to healthy soil and plants. You can establish this healthy process in your own yard by using mulch.

This video from Andy Woodhams offers simple tips to make sure you get the most from your mulching.