Your Soil Health
How Does Healthy Soils
When we go out on a hike through a healthy forest it is obvious to most that the trees are often their best genetic expression in the environment that they have been thriving for hundreds, or even thousands of years. These beautiful plants and trees exchange sunlight in sugar form for nutrition from the decaying forest floor, all without human interaction. Indigenous microbes that facilitate this exchange have survived here for a long time. When we bring them back to our trees in an urban setting, where soil is often lacking in many ways, these vigorous microbes will enable our trees to feed themselves and ask the mycelial network for what it needs when it is needed. Not only does this process make an immediate impact on your soil, it also is equipped to endure the harsh climate of the rocky mountains, through the surprise freeze, to the long drought.
Here are some of the many benefits of a strong microbiome in your soil:
-As many of us know there is a lot of carbon in the atmosphere, storing in our soils will assist in cleaning our air and fighting against climate change.
-By inoculating with a vast diversity of microbes you greatly decrease the risk of any opportunistic pathogens or disease, and you also ensure that whatever you decide to plant will have its choice from a buffet of beneficial microbes.
-Most microbial bodies are around 80% water, that in itself should speak to the water retention of a living soil, compared to plain old dirt which water seeps through and away to the abyss it sometimes seems.
-Dr. Mercola recommends getting your hands in some healthy soil. It builds your immune system up, and believe it or not it acts as an anti-depressant. (Get out there and get dirty!)
-Your trees will love you.