Soil Microbes are Essential to Plant Health!

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of healthy soil for our plants to thrive. Soil is more than just a substrate in which to plant something. It consists of living organisms, minerals, bacteria and fungi. When soil is healthy and balanced, the entire landscape is healthier and better able to fight off disease and pests.

What are soil microbes and why are they essential to healthy soil?

Soil microbes are an important piece of the amazing puzzle that results in healthy soil. Did you know that one handful of your typical garden soil contains millions of different types of beneficial fungi, nematodes, protozoa, and other essential microorganisms? Their essential function is to break down decaying plants, animals, and microorganisms that are in your soil. When that material breaks down the soil becomes easier to work, retains consistent moisture and allows plant roots to uptake vital nutrients more efficiently. Soil Microbes also turn decomposing matter in the soil into nutrients your plants can use.

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