The Natural Landscape
Plants have been evolving on the earth for one billion years. In natural meadows, prairies, and forests, diverse plant communities thrive. They did not receive a dose of fertilizer or irrigation, nor did landscape crews come along to make them look great. How do these plants grow in the natural landscape and stay healthy and beautiful without any help? Have you ever wondered how a young tree in the middle of the woods gets enough sunlight? How does it compete with the other mature trees for nutrients?
In the natural landscape, plants have formed dynamic relationships with other organisms since the beginning of plant life on earth. Science has just begun uncovering how these relationships work and how plants are in control of them.
The life in the soil, or the soil food web, is the natural way plants get nutrients and protect themselves. Plants grow deep roots and form unique diverse communities of soil organisms. Most plants form mycorrhizal relationships with fungi that further the reach of roots. The fungi in return receive a little plant sugar in order for both the plant and fungi to thrive together. Bacteria and fungi also break down leaves and organic matter, as well as weather soil minerals for plants. Amoebas and flagellates eat the bacteria, and fungi then ‘poop’ out the nutrients for the plants to use. These creatures and many others, including their many relationships, form the soil food web.
What we can do
At Heidelberg Farms, we have refined the methods to reintroduce the same natural organisms in your soil that your plants have evolved with over time. We take into consideration the type of plants or lawn that you want to grow as well as the seasonal needs of the plants in order to provide you with a naturally healthy and beautiful landscape. With a little work now, you can spend more time enjoying your yard and less work later, as only periodic care will be needed. Using only organic methods, I can help you return to a more sustainable landscape so you will always be comforted by knowing that your yard is safe for your family.