3 Step Soil Improvement Programme
Example of an aerator
Step 1 – Physical
Aerate the soil to disrupt surface compaction
Using an aerator when ground conditions are dry and suitable, will reduce surface compaction and improve soil structure. You must ensure the soil is dry before aerating, to prevent smearing and further compaction.
Benefits of improving soil structure through aeration:
- Encourage root development
- Improve nutrient uptake
- Increase forage yield
- Improve forage quality
- Enhance drainage
- Reduce nutrient run-off
- Stimulate soil life
Step 2 – Chemical
Analyse soil to identify and correct any nutrient deficiencies and imbalances.
Soil analysis provides data on:
- Soil pH
- Fertiliser nutrient status and requirement
- Biological activity
- Mineral balance
- Trace elements
Correcting soil pH can increase grass yield by up to 30% and greatly imporve nutrient availability.
The Calcium-Magnesium balance is important for creating a stable soil structure to increase resistance to soil compaction.
A detailed plan with recommendations for corrective action is provided with our soil analysis. To see an example of this report please click here.
Sample Soil Analysis Report
Image of slurry lagoon pre and post treatment with Digest-It®
Step 3 – Biological
Digest-It® is a biological additive, rich in aerobic bacteria, enzymes and nutrients that aerobically composts slurry, improving its fertiliser value, thus increasing forage yield, forage quality and forage nutritive value.
Digest-It® is approved for organic use.
Benefits of Digest-It® include:
- Reduce energy required to agitate tank,
- Increase nutrient availability and value of slurry,
- Grow more grass,
- Break down crusts and solids in tank,
- Reduce odour,
- Approved for organic use.
For more information on Digest-It®, click here.