WHAT IS SOIL SEALING?
Soil Sealing occurs when the soil becomes too dense and begins to crust over, making it difficult for water and nutrients to filter into the ground. This can make otherwise fertile ground become unusable and worthless. Erosion can become a problem when the surface of the soil is sealed.
HOW CAN YOU STOP IT?
Often one of the problems is a high application intensity. If water is applied too intensely, the surface will begin to seal. However, if the water is applied in a less intense way, mimicking a light rainfall, the soil will absorb it at a steadier pace. This will result in the ground being able to handle the amount of water intake, and less sealing will occur.
Another problem is the amount of sodium content in your soil. If there is too much sodium, it is possible the ground may seal. Test your soil for salinity to see if there is a problem.
Remember that your soil will generally handle more water intake at when it is first applied, but this will scale down over time. Don’t base your average water intake off of the early stages, because later on the intake may be lower.
STEPS TO TAKE:
- Test your soil for sodium content to make sure it is not too high.
- Make sure to avoid too high of an application intensity by utilizing Innovative Boom Technology™.
- Do not base your average application intensity off of the early stages of watering, because later on the amount of water intake your soil can handle may have declined.
Soil Sealing can cause erosion, runoff, and other problems with otherwise good ground. Taking simple steps to minimize the amount of sealing can go a long way, saving time and money. Keep these techniques in mind when approaching how to best avoid soil sealing.
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