On the road to sustainable soil management
A healthy soil has many advantages. A healthy soil has a good soil structure and therefore works like a sponge. There will be fewer diseases and pests in a healthy soil and more and nutrients are available for plants. Moreover, it builds up organic matter, stores carbon and generates a high-quality yield. In practice, this means less work and lower costs for the farmer, horticulturist, greenkeeper or gardener. Besides making nutrients available, soil life helps plants stay healthy. Bacteria and fungi in particular form a protective layer around the roots and above-ground parts of the plant. This prevents disease-causing organisms from penetrating the plant. By focusing on soil life, the transition to a sustainable cultivation system with less or no artificial fertilisers and chemical pesticides can be facilitated.