How Does Soil Structure Effect Plant Growth? (3 Part Series… Part #3)

How Does Soil Structure Effect Plant Growth? (3 Part Series… Part #3)

Posted by Jonathan Manning, CLT - B.S. Horticulture, Colorado State University in Uncategorized

How Does Soil Structure Effect Plant Growth? (3 Part Series… Part #3)

By:Jonathan Manning, CLT
A Better Garden Maintenance, LLC
Denver, CO

Many facets affect soil temperature. Everything from color (heat absorption, soil content), the plant canopy, soil moisture and many other aspects influence soil temperature (Barbarick 58-59). Most importantly soil temperature and moisture work together to provide a suitable growing environment. “Soil temperature has a profound influence on seed germination, root and shoot growth, nutrient uptake and crop growth (Soil, Plant Relationships).

Understanding these characteristics of how compaction, water capacity and soil temperature interact is vital. Different plants vary with their requirements in all three of these areas. Without this knowledge our society would be hard pressed to meet the needs(crops, flowers, medicinal plants, etc) of our people. Further more we would not understand how to stabilize the environment from the destructive acts we cause as humans.

This knowledge extends to your lawn and garden in understanding the requirements and timing needed to provide you with A Better Garden.

Works Cited

Barbarick, K.A.. Lecture Notes for Introductory Soil Science. Boston: Pearson, 2000.

Soil, Plant Relationships. Agricultural Resource Center. 12 Nov. 2002. http://www.indiaagronet.com/indiaagronet/soil_management/contents/soil%20plant.htm

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