Content tagged "improving soil for water conservation"

Solutions to Soil Problems: High pH

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: October 26, 2015

Iron chlorosis, or iron deficiency in plants, causes yellowing of leaves while the veins remain green. Photo source: Charlotte's Place Landscape and Interior...

Ways to Achieve an Organic Matter Rich Soil

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: October 26, 2015

Increasing the organic matter content of soil is one of the single-most effective means of improving soil quality. Leaves can be directly incorporated into...

Different Types of Compost

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: October 21, 2015

Example of ready to use compost. Photo credit: wisemandarine Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Many different types of compost can be used in the landscape to improve soil....

Solutions to Soil Problems: Soil Acidity

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: October 20, 2015

Soil pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity (basicity) of a soil, and is reported as a value between 0 and 14. A soil test for pH measures the...

Soil Amendments and Practices of Unproven Value

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

A soil amendment or conditioner is something that is added to or mixed with existing soil in order to improve soil tilth. Amendments can increase soil...

Reducing Soil Compaction to Improve Drainage

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Soil compaction is any process that compresses soil particles and reduces pore or air space between them. This process reduces or eliminates water...

Preparing Tree Planting Holes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

 Proper preparation of holes for planting trees is necessary for tree growth and survival.Trees are available at plant nurseries and garden centers in...

Benefits of Mycorrhizae

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Mycorrhizae are soil fungi that benefit the soil in many ways. A healthy soil is important for a water-wise landscape. Organic matter, drainage, and plant...

Materials to Improve Drainage in Soil

Mixing manure into clay soil Photo credit: Kathleen Farley Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Materials to improve drainage in soil include organic or inorganic...

Improving Water Retention in Soil

Improving water retention in soils begins with understanding the soil type found in the garden. Soils are generally made up of varying mixtures of three...

Soil Preparation for Vegetable Gardens

Preparing a vegetable garden plot Photo credit: meganopru Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0Properly prepared and maintained soil will provide an abundance of healthy...

Soil Testing Laboratories

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 20, 2015

Soil testing laboratories provide a variety of soil analysis services. Tests recommended for lawns, gardens, and landscapes should include soil pH, the...

Soil Testing

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 20, 2015

Soil testing can identify factors limiting plant growth. Photo source: NRCS SD Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0A soil sampling probe as a simple, non-invasive, and...

Practices to Improve Drainage

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 20, 2015

Water lilies are a commonly-grown hydrophyte in backyard ponds. Source: Wikipedia CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0Honey locust is tolerant of poorly-drained...

Good Soil Structure

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 20, 2015

Good soil structure is important for determining how soil particles bond to each other, how porous soils are, and how they respond to compaction.Soils in the...

Soil Preparation for Flower Beds

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 20, 2015

Proper soil care will reward the gardener with years of beautiful flowers. Source: YouTube - Southwest Yard and Garden - How to Prepare a Flower Bed for...

What is Organic Matter? Benefits

Updated: January 16, 2015

Green manures are grown to add nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Green manures are incorporated into the soil while green or shortly after flowering....

Creating Your Own Worm Farm

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 15, 2015

Creating your own worm farm can be a fun and rewarding way of getting rid of food scraps and reducing waste going into the landfill.Composting with worms or...

Beneficial Soil Invertebrates

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 15, 2015

Earthworms are the most important of the soil decomposers and greatly improve soil aggregation. Image credit:pfly Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Ladybird beetles, or...

Water Absorbing Polymers

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 15, 2013

A colored water-absorbing polymer bead soaked in water (left) and original size bead (right). Photo credit: Roger Ahlbrand Flickr CC BY 2.0 Water-absorbing...

How to Add Organic Matter to Soil

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 15, 2013

Healthy soil is made up of many components. Soil texture, drainage, and nutrient content are all important ingredients that contribute to plant health.  One...

Solutions to Soil Problems: High Salinity

Updated: November 15, 2013

A saline patch of soil in a wheat field clearly hinders plant growth. Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsSalt-tolerant species...

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