Soil Decompaction - An Essential for Good Tree Health
Compacted dirt is devoid of life because there is no water and no oxygen. Life on Earth needs both to survive.
Why do your trees and shrubs need soil decompaction?
After all trees in the forest are just fine without it.
The forest has fluffy, loamy soil. But where there has been development, you will usually find hard, compacted dirt.
Compacted dirt is devoid of life.
After all, what life on Planet Earth can survive without oxygen and water? We humans need both. So do all the little critters that make up a healthy soil food web.
Healthy soil is alive! It is teeming with earthworms, nematodes, fungi, and all the other organisms that make up the soil food web. They love up on your plants by helping provide them with food, water, and protection against all the “bad guys.” But to do this, they need oxygen and water.
By decompacting the soil, you can provide an inviting place for earthworms, bacteria, arthropods, etc. to live.
When decompacting soil, we recommend adding organic matter (add no more than 10% by soil volume).
The organic matter provides food for the microbes, which happily munch away - and then get munched by larger predators higher on the soil food web chain.
And so the cycle of life in the soil begins, leading to a rich foundation from which your plants can thrive.
Healthy soil produces happy trees and shrubs.