About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Most people are unaware of the complex role soil plays in the ecosystem. It's usually not until there is an obvious erosion problem that they give it any thought. Soil health is obviously important to growing high yield, nutritious crops to feed both humans and farm animals, but it goes deeper than that. Here is what you need to know about the role soil plays and how you can avoid erosion.
Soil Is Rich With Biodiversity
Whether it is your backyard garden or a farmer's enormous fields, the health of the soil will directly correlate to the success of your crops. Healthy soil is teeming with life, from the earthworms that break down organic matter, moving throughout the soil, aerating it, to the microbes and insects that provide nutrients and break down toxic compounds.
Soil Helps Reduce Global Warming
Undisturbed soil, such as that covered with grasses or wildflowers, whether it's your backyard or native prairies, sequesters carbon. Farmers can grow cover crops in between their cash crops, keeping the soil surface protected and returning organic matter to the soil. Through the complicated process of photosynthesis, plants "breathe" carbon from the air, sequestering carbon compounds. The plant uses what it needs and expires the rest through its root system, feeding organisms, and becoming stable deep beneath the surface, thereby reducing greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.
Soil Helps Maintain The Water System
Healthy soil has pores, the air spaces that exist between soil particles. With the help of plants, they work together to draw moisture from the air and utilize precipitation. If the soil is healthy, it can absorb and store a tremendous amount of water. Soils rich in organic matter and clay particles can hang on to more water whereas compacted soils and soils high in sand lose more water. Soils can become compacted overtime from ill-advised farming methods.
How Can You Prevent Soil Erosion On Your Property?
Planting trees, shrubs, and ground cover is one of the easiest ways to prevent erosion. The root systems serve to anchor the soil in place. This is especially important on hillsides, particularly in areas prone to drought.
Use mulch matting or erosion control mats. This is mulch that is held together by a fiber mat. It helps retain moisture and protects plants in areas with high winds.
Build retaining walls. An erosion control expert can determine which areas of your property would benefit from these structures. People who live on the ocean or on the shores of one of the Great Lakes often lose land from the repetitive wave action, storms, and ice shoves.
For more information about preventing soil erosion, contact a company like Specialty Construction Supply.Share
2 November 2016