What you need to know about soil | Tip of the Week

If you're building a house, you need a solid foundation. The same goes for building a landscape. Soil serves as the foundation, so it pays to focus on creating a quality foundation if you want a healthy landscape. In this blog post, we will share with you the functions that soil serves in your landscape. 

Soils serve many functions* in your landscape. Soils, act like:
  1. Sponges - Soaking up rainwater and limiting runoff. 
  2. Faucets - They store and release water and air for plants and animals to use. 
  3. Supermarkets - Soil provides valuable nutrients, air and water to plants and animals. Soils also store carbon and prevent its loss into the atmosphere.
  4. Strainers or filters - Soil filters and purifies water and air that flows through them. They buffer, degrade, immobilized, detoxify and trap pollutants, such as oil, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and keeps them from entering groundwater supplies.
  5. A pantry - Storing nutrients for future use by plants and animals above ground and by microbes within the soils.
Much of Colorado's soil is heavy clay and can be alkaline, which can be challenging for the plants we love. Our soil may need some help in order to help our urban landscapes thrive. You can't change the temperature, wind or dry air we see in our state, but you can amend the soil to make it more hospitable to plant life.

Now is the time to think about how you can amend your soil so that it is ready to support your landscape this spring. The Soil, Water and Plant Testing Laboratory at Colorado State University can perform soil tests to help you determine what needs to be done to improve soil health in your landscape. You can pick up a test kit at a local hardware store and mail your sample for analysis.

Talk with one of our in-house landscape professionals about the best amendments for your particular soil type.

*Source: USDA's National Resources Conservation Services
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