The topsoil at the surface of your lawn is crucial to the health of your grass, trees, and other plants. This soil represents the outermost layer of the Earth, and it’s responsible for nourishing just about all the plants we eat, enjoy, or otherwise benefit from throughout our lives. While soil texture, pH, and organic matter are all important aspects for healthy plant life, the nutrients in your soil are also crucial for maintaining the foundation of a healthy ecosystem. As you may know, there are 3 main nutrients that should be present in healthy soil: nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. Here’s what makes these nutrients such an important part of the soil.
Nitrogen is a key nutrient for healthy plants. This nutrient is an important part of any beautiful garden or fruitful produce crop. Nitrogen is found in plant cells, hormones, proteins, and chlorophyll, and is absorbed into plants through the roots. When nitrogen is in the soil, it occurs in its mineral form, nitrate. Occasionally, nitrate should be reapplied to the soil–some plants will use more nitrate than others!
Potassium is another nutrient that is important for healthy fruit and vegetable plants. In fact, good potassium content in your soil can actually improve fruit quality. Part of what makes potassium so important for strong, healthy plant growth is how it helps to form and move starches, sugars, and oils throughout the plant. Not only does potassium nurture healthy growth in your plants, it actually makes your plants stronger and more resistant to various diseases. This makes potassium an important nutrient for helping your plants resist common plant illnesses.
Phosphorous is a critical nutrient for soil and plant health. After all, this nutrient is responsible for helping to transfer energy from sunlight to plants. This means without the proper nutrition in the soil, your plants will not be able to convert sunlight into energy as well, leading to unhealthy or poor growth. Make sure that your soil has plenty of phosphorous in order to ensure strong, early root and plant growth and lasting plant health.
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