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Compost tea

soil

Soil is the key to the life in your garden or landscape. As a landscape designer, I don’t have to time to do soil tests on my individual client’s soil… and normally my client’s don’t either. When it comes time for the new plants to be planted, the contractor brings in a soil/compost planting blend to give the plants a good start. But what about after that…years down the line? How do you add back into the soil the nutrients that the plants have absorbed and leeched out? You do it by composting and mulching. A year ago I bought a leaf chipper and it’s the most wonderful way to recycle all of those fall leaves! Trees spread their canopies of leaves over our heads and homes protecting us from the heat of summer and also providing shelter for birds and small animals. In the fall the leaves dry and fall. If you gather them and chip them, they can be spread throughout your garden beds as much and work again by adding nutrients back into the soil. It’s the perfect recycle system!
Recently I read about Sherilyn Powell’s Compost Tea. She is based in Los Angeles and has a service that services folk’s soil, and she is does it with compost tea. Want to find out more about this? Her website is: www.compostteana.com Above is an article she wrote about what is in the soil…all the little helpers that make your garden soil healthy! Just click on ‘Soil’.

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Another Before & After

Imagine your landscape looks like the first photo. Let’s say you drive home every day to this patch of grass a tree and a couple of shrubs. Every weekend you haul out the lawnmower (or have your mow and blow guy come by). It’s not very inspiring, but you do it to keep things maintained. Now look at the second photo…color, texture, birds, butterflies! The landscape changes with the seasons. The maintenance entitles some pruning a few times a year and a periodic checking of the drip system. It’s beautiful and inspiring. When you drive up to your home and see something inspiring instead of something that’s unattractive, something wonderful happens…inspiration works on many levels. If perhaps your day was difficult and you drove home in a bad mood, when you pull up and see the beauty of nature, the beauty in your OWN yard, That is mood altering! By making the change from lawn to no-lawn, you’ll not only be conserving water, creating a new habitat, but it will make you FEEL GOOD!