Fertilizer: Restoring Soil Fertility
Restoring soil fertility with a fertilizer can be a tricky task. If you use too much, the soil will actually become untenable. Too many nutrients can sterilize the soil in a hurry. Using an inorganic fertilizer can be even more dangerous. Going over the specified amount to apply by even a little can burn the crops and make it very difficult to get the soil back into balance. Using a more natural nitrogen-based fertilizer is sometimes the best way to avoid these complications. Nitrogen is naturally needed in the soil, and its absence is often the cause of a lot of plant death.
How Do I Restore Nitrogen To The Soil?
Nitrogen can be added to soil in many ways. One common way is to simply till the soil with an automatic tiller. This serves multiple purposes. First, nitrogen makes up more than 70% of earth’s atmosphere. My tilling the soil, you get air to mix into the soil. This injects the naturally occurring nitrogen directly into the ground. It is a great way to make the earth work for you. Nitrogen from the air is also natural and will not harm the soil.
Air And Decay
Second, tilling the soil will naturally mix up the normal biomass and other elements that need to decay in order to put nitrogen into the soil. Getting air in there helps expedite this process, as it allows for faster decomposition of natural materials. It is this decomposition that creates nutrients as well. For this reason, many people have begun to use the composting of their lawn clippings to help restore soil fertility.
Plant life works in cycles. If you are mowing your yard, the grass clippings will soon die after they are cut. But the clippings still contain many nutrients from their growth cycle. These nutrients, as the grass decomposes, are released naturally back into the cycle of the environment. By keeping these clippings in a natural compost heap, the decomposition is compounded. Turning the heap regularly, thus allowing air and nitrogen into the mix, will eventually create a very rich soil called humus. This humus can then be laid down in your garden and will be full of the nutrients needed to promote healthy growth. Since this humus is full of the necessary nutrients, this is a very safe and natural way to restore soil fertility.
Avoid Chemical Fertilizers
Finally, if at all possible, you should avoid the use of chemical fertilizers. These fertilizers are not balanced with the natural cycles of the earth, and they can cause many problems if not used properly. In lieu of these methods, many earth-conscious amateur gardeners have begun to use sea solids as a tool for restoring soil fertility. Sea solids are very balanced and are thus very effective as a type of fertilizer. Since they carry the runoff of natural nutrients found in the life cycle, they can easily be used as a way to restore soil fertility. If the aforementioned options are not working, turn to sea solids before resorting to chemical fertilizers.