Cross section of soil texture isolated on white background

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Cross section of soil texture isolated on white background

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer When researching plant needs, it is frequently suggested that you plant in rich, well-draining soil. These instructions very rarely go into detail about what exactly constitutes as “rich and well draining.” When we consider our soil quality, we usually focus on the texture of the solid particles. For example, are they sandy, loamy or clay-like? However, it is the spaces between these soil particles, the voids or pores, which most often determine the quality of the soil itself. So what makes soil porous? Click here for soil porosity information. Soil Porosity Information Soil porosity, or soil pore space, are the small voids between particles of soil. In heathy soil, these pores are large and plentiful enough to retain the water, oxygen and nutrients that plants need to absorb through their roots. Soil porosity usually falls into one of three categories: micro-pores, macro-pores or bio-pores. These

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