Soil Food Web
What horticulturists and soil scientists refer to as the soil food web is an intricate network of life forms, mostly microbial, that work together to create the support needed for the foliage above. The trees on your property are largely dependent upon life on a microscopic level within the soil beneath them. A cross-section of the earth beneath a healthy forest would reveal millions of small life forms that are all working to make the soil a living, breathing "web" in which tree roots can anchor themselves at much greater depths than what is found in urban and suburban settings.
The two most important conditions for this network of life forms are oxygen and water.
Beneficial fungi and bacteria that assist plant roots with the absorption of water require oxygen to live. Earthworms, which create channels for root growth as well as nutrients, must respire underground. Most importantly, tree roots themselves require oxygen and water in order to perform their life-sustaining function.
Aeration devices placed in the garden and throughout your lawn will broaden and deepen the profile of available oxygen and water for all of these organisms to live. The deeper the soil food web is extended, the deeper tree roots can grow. Deep tree roots support trees that are better anchored, and more tolerant of drought and temperature extremes. Ask your arborist about aerating your tree roots. You will be amazed at the difference when your trees' roots can grow deeper.
A more robust soil food web means a more robust garden, and healthier, stronger trees.
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