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Soil Aeration Methods: How To Improve Porosity In Your Lawn

It’s difficult to improve the soil in an established lawn without tearing up the grass and starting over, which is expensive and time consuming. Most homeowners and lawn maintenance professionals choose to aerate the lawn, which helps improve compaction and increases oxygen absorption. There are three basic methods you can use to aerate your lawn: …

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Poor Farming Practices & How They Affect Your Food

People are taking an interest in where their food comes from and how it was grown- which is awesome- but it has led to a flood of misinformation about what it truly means to grow food well. Popular words and phrases like organic, all-natural, sustainable, and heirloom are thrown around as hallmarks of farmers who …

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Can Soil Be Too Rich? Understanding Organic Matter Toxicity

Organic gardeners are all about rich, dark soil. Compost is the black gold of the gardening community. Everything seems to center around nutrient-dense organic matter. So, doesn’t that mean we should just replace the soil with compost? Or keep adding organic amendments and fertilizers? Is there such a thing as soil that is too rich? …

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Why Is My Soil Cracking? Understanding The True Cause

Healthy soil is the foundation for vibrant plant growth, so it can be frustrating when the soil just doesn’t cooperate. Cracked soil prevents the roots from getting the proper ratio of water and oxygen, so it’s important to understand why your soil is cracking in order to fix it. Soil cracks when it has a …

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Does Compost Turn Into Soil? The Misunderstood Facts

Compost is by far the most important ingredient in a healthy garden. Experienced gardeners swear by an annual addition of compost for rich, dark soil. But, where does all of that compost go? Compost does not become soil, but it does become an important ingredient in healthy soil. Compost is classified as active soil organic …

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Are Soil and Dirt the Same Thing?

This is like asking if oxygen and air are the same thing. Many people use the terms interchangeably, which really annoys people who like technical definitions. Soil and dirt are not the same thing. Soil is an ecosystem with five different ingredients: Minerals Organic matter Biological organisms Gas Moisture Dirt is merely the term for …

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Best Fertilizer For Clay Soil Lawn: Why Ingredients Matter

Growing a lawn in an area with high levels of clay in the soil is very challenging. I’ve been working my red clay soil for the past three years to nurture a thriving yard and have learned a lot. When it comes to fertilizing the grass in a clay soil environment, there are a few …

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Does Lawn Aeration Really Work? Side By Side Comparison

For years I didn’t believe that I needed to aerate my lawn. Honestly, I thought it was just a gimmick. There’s a lot of snake oil being sold as magic solutions to compacted soil and it can be hard to figure out what’s real and what’s not. So let’s just settle this once and for …

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Plants Dying In Clay Soil: Troubleshooting & Prevention Tips

Clay soil is a frustrating growing medium. It has an extremely fine texture, which allows it to hold onto nutrients that leach through other soils, and it can also hold a great deal of water. It’s fairly resistant to erosion, and the pH rarely fluctuates. And yet, the only thing that seems to grow well …

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