Loosen and improve compacted soil

compacted-soil

A compacted soil is a sick soil. How to give him new life, you will find out here.

crumbling soil
A good garden soil has a crumbly texture, stores enough water, is well ventilated and contains enough nutrients.

There is no ideal soil for the garden plants known to us. After all, the respective plants make their own claims to the ground. A good plant location is usually characterized by a crumbly texture. In addition, it stores enough water, is well ventilated and contains enough nutrients. But we do not find such conditions everywhere. If we look only from the surface of the earth in our latitudes, we can see that it resembles a patchwork rag that has stony, dry and sandy or moist and loamy as well as clayey surfaces.

There is no ideal soil for the garden plants known to us. After all, the respective plants make their own claims to the ground.

A good plant location is usually characterized by a crumbly texture. In addition, it stores enough water, is well ventilated and contains enough nutrients. But we do not find such conditions everywhere. If we look only from the surface of the earth in our latitudes, we can see that it resembles a patchwork rag that has stony, dry and sandy or moist and loamy as well as clayey surfaces.

Compacted soil

A problem for the garden friend can be a compacted soil. For example, areas affected by this were exposed to immense pressure from construction machinery for a while. A common problem, especially when new plant a garden. Even more often it hits garden soils, which have a high clay or clay content. These store a lot of water and condense on the surface when a lot of running around on wet soil. To maintain soil health, it is therefore important to loosen the garden soil regularly.

What consequences can occur?

Densified soil carries the risk of gradually reducing yields in the garden. Causes are:

Poor soil aeration
Especially in garden soil with a high clay and clay content, the soil pores are gradually compressed, the soil aeration subsides . But to convert the nutrients in the soil, the soil organisms need oxygen.

Soil compaction encapsulates the habitat of soil organisms. Earthworms loosen up the soil and increase the water conductivity through their gait systems.

❷ Habitat for soil animals is restricted.
On the one hand, the number of soil organisms decreases due to the lack of oxygen in the solidified soil, on the other hand, the habitat for soil animals is restricted. Earthworms that loosen up the soil, move to other areas when it becomes too difficult for them to dig through the compacted soil.

❸ Roots do not form optimally
Many plants root through the soil compaction only shallow and are therefore vulnerable to drought. The result: low yields and growth.

❹ Waterlogging may form
In the worst case, waterlogging may form in the compacted soil after prolonged rainfall. If the soil organisms then lack to implement the nutrients, moderating processes can begin.Necessarily break up compacted soil

❶ The spade only temporarily use
Heavy loamy or clay soils work your best with quartz sand and compost through. Temporary digging is allowed. So you gradually make the ground more permeable.
However, if you find healthy humus in your garden soil, then avoid digging up, because otherwise the helpful soil organisms will be killed. These loosen up the soil better than you could with a spade.

Nicht Do not dig up
healthy soil If you want to loosen up healthy soils, you can use the grave fork to shake up the soil a bit or pull a cultivator (sow tooth) through the bed.

When loosening the soil, a green manure with Phacelia, Crimson clover or yellow mustard helps. In addition, in the hot summer, student flowers and nasturtium on harvested areas perform good soil loosening.


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