When you are trying to have a full and healthy yard, it is important to make sure you have good soil. Soil is essential to providing plants and grass nutrients while also absorbing, purifying, and releasing water. For gardening and growing plants, though, the soil you choose can mean the difference from a lush green yard and plants that won’t grow. You should consider texture, structure, compaction, drainage, and pH levels to determine if the soil is right for you.
This is the sand, silt, and clay particles ratio. If it is sandy, it will have a gritty feel. Silty soil has a smooth texture while clay-like soil is stickier. The texture of the soil can impact the structure, availability of water, air, and nutrients, and the water holding capacity.
This is the way the soil particles naturally bond. The better the structure, the more space it will have to allow for water infiltration, drainage, air movement, and strong root growth. It can also play a role in compaction which can water to pond on top of soil.
If the soil becomes compacted, the pores can close and the movement of water and air is limited. This means water pools on top of the soil or subsoil and once dry, they are difficult to penetrate. This can drown out the trees because oxygen is not making it to the roots, allowing it to grow.
Poor drainage would prevent oxygen from reaching the roots, and foliage can die. Saturated soils can kill the roots of trees and plants rapidly. It is important to make sure soil has good structure and pores to allow for water to drain properly.
What Can We Do?
Unless you are bringing in fresh soil to start a new garden or redo your landscaping and beds, there is little you can do to change your soil’s qualities. However, here at Monster Tree Service of North Dallas, we still work with many homeowners in the area to help with poor soil quality issues. We supply free arborist’s wood chips to many of our clients which they can use to amend their soils. We also have a comprehensive tree fertilization program using our own blends of fertilizer developed for the North Dallas soils, MonsterSauce and MonsterSauce Plus. If your trees and shrubs are suffering, or if you just want to ensure that your landscape investment is as healthy and vigorous as possible, please call us today to work with our Certified Arborist to develop a fertilization plan you can count on.