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Most people think of fungi as bad things that eat your plants or cause athlete's foot. But not all fungi are bad, and mycorrhizal fungus is among the best. It attaches to the roots of many kinds of plants and acts as a souped-up accessory root system to greatly increase the uptake of nutrients and water, improving the health of plants and reducing the need for supplemental feeding and watering. Though mycorrhizae occur naturally in most soils, grading, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides can destroy them. The good news is that you can easily reintroduce them by using fertilizers that contain them or by adding them in granular or liquid form either at planting time or in the established landscape. They make a huge difference in your garden.

An LSA doesn't tell you anything about the condition of the soil food web. For that, you need another set of tests done by special labs that focus on biology rather than chemistry. Unless you have a special problem, the addition of a good organic fertilizer should jump-start your soil's living element without the expense of biological testing.

The LSA also doesn't tell you anything about the presence of toxic substances. If you suspect that pollutants are causing problems, talk to your lab about ways to test specifically for them.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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