An open soil is one that has small air holes in it where air, water and fertilizer can easily reach the root system and the root system can develop easily. This open structure makes the soil easier to work and friendlier to plants. It is said that the ideal soil is loam, a mixture of clay, sand and silt. The variety of sizes of these soil particles is… Continue readingDetails
First we need to understand a little about clay soil. Clay is formed from ultra fine rock particles that have eroded over time. These particles crystallize, draw together and strongly bond in stacked layers. Some clay particles can be so small… Continue readingDetails
The expectation of poor fertilizer efficiency often results in excessive application rates.
Yet excessive application rates can contribute to poor fertilizer efficiency. The practice is wasteful and may result in environmental hazards such as salt build up and leaching of nitrates into ground water. The practice often ends up… Continue reading
In many gardens and lawns, clay soils pose a difficult challenge in which to grow. Plants and lawns will still grow but it is important to know how to fix a heavy clay soil for the garden and lawn to flourish. The organic matter that is in clay is so small, that water often can not permeate a layer of clay. Consequently clay soil drainage is slow… Continue readingDetails
Presley one of our adorable PetiGreen Customers in Colorado. This series of pictures was taken over the course of the summer in 2013. We want to thank this customer. We greatly appreciate the additional time she spent documenting the process. We have added quotations under each picture to help narrate the process… Continue readingDetails
Anyone who has worked with clay soil knows it can be difficult to work with and just as difficult to achieve healthy plant growth. Finding a long term solution has been elusive. There are a number of popular amendments and practices to try and amend and improve the productivity of clay soil. Continue readingDetails
Would you be surprised to learn that the clay soil that dominates your garden, challenging you at every turn, might have a lot more potential than you think? It’s true. Water might puddle on top of your clay soil creating an environment more inviting to destructive fungus than to healthy plant growth. With the right tools, you can improve your clay… Continue readingDetails
You might question the title of this article and think an article about clay soil should read more like How to Get Anything out of Your Hard Clay Soil. But the truth is clay soil can be very productive. Clay particles can hold nutrients to their surface unlike silt and sand. The trick is opening the clay soil enough for roots to penetrate and for air… Continue readingDetails
The microbes open the soil to create pathways for air, water and nutrients to flow. The nutrients can then be stored in the soil where the plant will have access to them over time. As the soil opens it also invites better root development where they can access the nutrients bound to the soil… Continue readingDetails
Soil treatment is essential when trying to break up hard ground, clay and other dense soils. Amending soil is an important component in achieving a successful garden, beautiful lawn and agricultural productivity. Many people have tried fertilizers and other chemicals to help promote health and growth of their plants without getting improvement… Continue readingDetails
Soil can be in disrepair from a standpoint of growing healthy plants. It is either naturally hard and dense such as clay or it has been damaged by amendments.
Clay soil is hard and dense by nature. The fine clay particles erode into the smallest air pockets that make it hard and dense. There is often a reason… Continue readingDetails
The joy of pet ownership can be diminished by damage that pet urine can do to your lawn. In our article Neutralize Dog Urine we talk about some of the causes that damage grass by dog urine. We also talk about the importance of biological activity in the soil and how PetiGreen can help with excess salt and nitrogen that is in urine. After taking steps to repair damaging effects urine has on the soil we need to do something to repair the damage that has occurred to the grass. Continue readingDetails
It is so frustrating when you have dog urine that is killing your grass. The levels of nitrogen and salt that exist in the urine can be so strong that you will get spots of dead grass from the dog urine. Where soil conditions are less than ideal you can even get large areas of damage to your lawn… Continue readingDetails