A topic that has been gaining momentum over the last decade is soil health, because it is the key to producing both healthy plants and protecting water quality.  

The definition of soil health, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture, is “the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans.”

The following practices will improve your landscape’s soil health, providing you with healthier plants, and in the case of edible plants, more nutritious food. Read the suggestions below to see if you would like to begin using any or all these practices so your yard can be part of the solution for the Indian River Lagoon or the St. Johns River.

Add organic matter. Top dress the lawn with half an inch of organic matter every six months to increase the organic matter in the soil. Our soil is typically very low in organic matter, so a great way to improve the soil is to add some. Organic matter increases both the nutrient- and water-holding capacity of the soil, which is why a healthy soil protects water quality.

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