Plant a Tree – Soil Amendments

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional Horticulturist Mitch Baker from the American Plant Food Company discusses soil amendments and how to improve your soil structure.

    Mitch Baker

    Mitch Baker is the Horticultural Specialist at the American Plant Food Co. Garden Center and Nursery, in Bethesda, MD, focusing on natural gardening products and organic gardening. Mitch is a MD Certified Professional Horticulturist, with 31 years of experience in the garden center industry. He has studied at numerous horticultural institutions from New York to Oregon, and also serves on the board of the Rachel Carson Council.

    Hi, I am Mitch Baker with American Plant Food Company. We are going to talk about soil amendments and how we can improve our soil structure. Its not enough just to place the plant in the ground, in the hole, and expect it to thrive, soil structure, not necessarily the best. So, there are things we can do to improve that soil structure by adding soil amendments to the soil. So, today we are going to use two different soil amendments, both of them composted soil amendments. Thats really the key. Any soil amendment that has been through that composting process is biologically active, and thats what we want to get is more biology back in the soil. So, we are going to use a composted soil amendment that is a blend of many different ingredients, and we are going to add some additional particle matter with pine bark fines or pine bark soil conditioner. So, those two things added to the native soil, and we are not replacing the native soil, we are amending it, we are improving it. By adding these two things to the soil, we get a favorable medium, a favorable habitat, for the growth of this new tree or shrub. So, we are going to go ahead and work some of these things into the soil. Soil amendments like this, available at any garden center, hardware stores as well, but look at the label, make sure you are getting something thats been composted, thats the key. Again, you want to get that biology back in the soil.