Qualities of a Healthy Soil

Qualities of a Healthy Soil

Qualities of a Healthy Soil

Qualities of a Healthy Soil

A healthy soil:

Accommodates active and diverse populations of beneficial organisms, with plant pest populations minimized by beneficials
Contains high levels of relatively fresh residues that provide beneficials with food
Includes high levels of decomposed organic matter, which help it retain both water and readily leachable nutrients
Contains low levels of such toxic compounds as soluble aluminum and only low to moderate concentrations of salt
Supports adequate levels of nutrients because excessive nutrients can make the crop more attractive to insect pests or can increase the threat of surface or subsurface water pollution
Has a sufficiently porous surface, with many pores connected to subsoil to permit easy entry by rainfall or irrigation water
Has good tilth that allows plant roots to easily penetrate large volumes of soil

 

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