• Check Garden Soil For Proper Nutrients After Heavy Winter Rains - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at

  • After a rainy winter, now is the time to take steps to make sure garden and landscape soil is ready for spring planting.

    Heavy rains can leach out important nutrients from topsoil. Without the proper nutrients, plants and trees can't grow to their potential. The ideal garden soil should be dark and crumbly to the touch. If it's not, you'll need to prep the soil before planting.

    Add compost with nitrogen and the proper pH balance. Your local garden center has compost for all types of soil. If you have clay soil, you want compost that will keep soil loose and workable. For sandy soil, select compost that adds structure to the soil, usually with organic humus. For soil somewhere in between, all-purpose garden soil conditioners work fine. Because of topsoil erosion,  mix compost into the first few inches of soil around trees, shrubs, flowers and ground cover.

    While rain followed by warm weather is good for plant growth, the combination also awakens invasive species, many of which have been dormant during the drought. If unchecked, these weeds can quickly take over your yard. Pull them while still small and the ground moist and then adding a two-to-three inch layer of mulch to suppress any new growth. Mulch will also stop future water erosion and during the hot summer months, mulch will keep the ground cool and hold in moisture.

    Residents will  generate more organic recyclables this year. With everything green and growing, you might want to consider requesting a second green waste barrel from your waste hauler. Agromin will turn those materials into compost in about 60 days. The compost will then be ready for use by farmers, landscapers and gardeners--and the growing cycle will begin again.

    For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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