Fall has traditionally been a time for homeowners to have their lawns aerated with a “coring” or “plugging” machine. It sounds like a good idea, and looks impressive when done, but does this practice alone actually provide any real long-term benefit to your soil or lawn? Does the soil actually become better aerated or more porous? According to Tamson Yeh, Ph.D, speaking in the Cornell Turfgrass ShortCutt (5/24/10), coring 2 times a year on a poor soil, over a 3 year period, showed no soil improvement benefit. So perhaps it is time to rethink the subject.
Improving soil aeration is extremely beneficial to lawns and gardens growing in clay or compacted soil.หนังใหม่ชนโรง It will help water move down into the root zone easily. In well-aerated soils, beneficial soil microbes (that need air to survive) can thrive and create humus and improve soil structure. Roots get deeper and nutrients are exchanged more easily. Good topsoils are naturally aerated. Unfortunately, most suburban lots have had the topsoil stripped off and homeowners are left with a denser clay or subsoil in which to grow their lawns and gardens. If you were planting a new lawn in this clay you could till in tons of compost and other amendments to improve aeration. But on established lawns this is not an option.
We suggest trying a new approach to improving your soil quality, and we call this “liquid aeration”. We’ve been doing liquid aerations, instead of coring, for 15 plus years, and have witnessed real soil improvement. Liquid Aeration is simply a solution of amendments that get into the root zone quickly and create microscopic pores and channels that help with water and air movement.เว็บดูหนัง It also adds organic ingredients that generate and feed microbes, leading to humus and a restructuring of the clay.
A good liquid aeration solution would contain, at minimum a good soil surfactant or wetting agent. This is a soap-like product that helps thin out water and reduce surface tension, breaking up dirt (clay) and creates microscopic channels for air and water to move through. Surfactants have been a staple in the agriculture and golf course industries for decades. There is a broad range in the quality and harshness of surfactants. We suggest using one that is completely biodegradable with no anti-bacterial components.
Temporary pores and channels in the clay will allow soil-building microbes to generate, especially if you put in a readily available organic food source. It is these microbes, along with earthworms, that do the work of creating humus and restructuring the clay into aggregates of soil with airspace between them.หลุดนักศึกษา Carbon is the basic food for soil microbes. Compost contains a lot of available carbon, and can be made into a tea to mix with the surfactant. But what may be the best and most concentrated source of carbon is a substance called Humic Acid. The benefit of humic acid on normal soils is seldom known. For the reason that its acidic nature favors allowing this energy to be stored by the microbes in the soil. Then when the time comes to help the soil microbes to break soil clods and ingrain nutrients the benefits of humic acid come to the rescue.
The best time to apply humic acid to a soil is when it is composting. This is the natural process during which minerals and organic matter is decomposed.คลิปหลุดทางบ้าน This makes the soil ripe for the addition of organic matter to return the soil to a healthy balance. Here’s how it works:
- A compost pile is created.
- Muck is pulled out from the bottom of the pile.
- Dung is added to the top of the pile.
- The bottom of the pile is turned exposing the lower layers to sunlight.
- The middle of the pile is allowed to remain while appliances are used to heat the pile.
- A colder pile is created using the same equipment.
It’s fairly easy to build your own compost pile. You can probably find surplus materials in your own garden or backyard and with a little creativity you can make a composting system to dispose of them. Some material can be found lying around the house including old boards, mulch, and old newspapers.
A compost pile can be a simple pile of leaves left to rot and mature on their own or it can be a fancier requiring screen, statues, and more. You can build a multi tiered pile using lengths of lumber and wire plant ropes.หลุดจากมือถือ Just build a wooden frame and line it with plastic or chicken wire. Make each layer shorter than the previous one, eventually allowing the first layer to touch the bottom of the screen and the next layer to drop a little lower.