Understanding Soil Health

Whether you’re a farmer, homeowner, or landscape contractor, you know how essential soil health is to thriving crops and plants. Good soil contains essential nutrients and hydration to support strong, healthy root systems. It also ensures the surrounding ecosystem is able to flourish, from livestock to microorganisms.

Combining proven agricultural practices with advanced technology, Wakefield BioChar provides products that naturally enhance soil while also reducing the use of chemical fertilizers. With biochar, your soil can deliver a healthier lawn, garden and landscape.

What is soil health?

Soil is a rich ecosystem consisting of organic materials, living organisms, minerals, water, and gas. These components come together to create a healthy environment to foster plant growth, whether that’s trees, grass, crops, or flowers.

In order for plant life to truly thrive, the separate components that make up soil must be properly balanced. When balance is out of whack, plants lack access to what they need to grow healthy and strong. This can include essential nutrients, nitrogen, or even hydration.

What are the 5 soil health principles?

There are five crucial principles that help establish healthy soil. They are:

1. Soil armor

Soil armor is a defensive covering that wards off environmental threats. It protects against eroding rain, high winds, and sun exposure, all of which can affect the quality of the soil.

2. Minimizing soil disturbance

Physical disturbances reduce water infiltration and increase the chance of erosion. Biological disturbances occur when plant life is reduced, which restricts access to essential nutrients for the organisms living within the soil. Additionally, overuse of fertilizers and pesticides leads to chemical disturbances.   

3. Plant diversity

A diverse selection of plants can improve soil structure because different plant roots are better equipped for certain functions. Some roots are more efficient at absorbing water from the soil, while others boost stability to protect against erosion.

4. Continual live plants and roots

Continual live plants provide essential soil armor to prevent erosion and other issues. Their root systems also ensure optimum soil stability, so plants must be established all year long throughout all sorts of weather to ensure proper soil quality. 

5. Livestock integration for large agriculture

Animals and plants work in conjunction to promote healthy soils. For instance, grazing animals help increase the grass recovery period, manage weed growth, and ensure ideal harvesting of carbon dioxide and sunlight.

Soil Remediation

Remediation is all about restoring quality and stability to soil that’s been compromised. Soil remediation can entail removal of toxic substances, such as chemicals and heavy metals. It can also involve infusing the soil with essential nutrients to foster plant life.

BioChar for Soil Health

Biochar has played a role in soil quality for thousands of years, and for very good reason. It can help eliminate toxins that reduce the viability of plants and grass. It helps soil retain water for efficient hydration of plant roots. Biochar also prevents existing nutrients from being drained away, which ensures your landscape will have just what it needs to thrive.  

Because we recognize the importance of carbon content in soil, Wakefield BioChar offers a variety of products to benefit you. This includes soil conditioners, compost boosters, and nutrient infusions. Our products are meticulously researched and tested for peak effectiveness. They also contain all-natural ingredients to ensure they’re environmentally friendly.