June 4, 2017

Soil fertility is essential for plant growth. Often, however, many people do not keep track of the condition of the soil they use.

The results are evident in the increased land sizes that are becoming infertile. Small-scale landscape projects are also guilty of contributing to infertile soils due to poor land management.

Consequently, many of their plants and landscaping works give sub-optimal results. Over time, increased infertility, if not tackled, will lead to land being completely barren. Here are a few causes of soil infertility and land barrenness to consider and avoid.

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Soil Structure

When the soil has many large particles, it becomes highly oxygenated but drains water quickly. Conversely, when soil particles are too small, water will flow at a decreased rate, but the oxygen levels drop. Sandy and clay soils have large and fine soil particles, respectively, and both represent examples of infertile soils that lead to barren land.

Consequently, it is exceptionally hard for any landscape project to bear fruit if you own a beach house or your home is surrounded by rocky terrain. However, there are methods to bypass this set of problems where your natural soil is not dependable. Consulting a landscape contractor will help you determine what will work best for you.


Homeowners should be cautious of the type and levels of fertilizers they use in their backyards. Nitrogenous fertilizers, for example, are notorious at making the soil more acidic. If you apply it often on your soil, be advised to have your soil pH levels regularly analyzed to check how low they are before the fertility is drastically affected. The acidic state leads to plants requiring more energy to absorb nutrients from the soil. To this end, a professional landscaper is also recommendable, if you consistently use commercial fertilizers (as different types affect the soil pH differently).

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Continuous use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and insecticides plays a significant role in soils being unproductive and barren. The above contaminants adversely affect the soil and the microorganisms found in the soil and should only be applied to your lawn on the recommendation of a professional.

The Effects of Barren and Infertile Soil

  • Adverse effects of plant growth: Primarily, it affects how arable land is. When unsuitable to support plant life, none will flourish when planted on such soil. No matter the efforts put in, the garden will yield unfavorable results.
  • Increased desertification: Drought and aridity set in when soil fails to support plant life. Consequently, the desertification process is highly amplified, and previously productive areas become arid.
  • Increased flooding: The soil has less ability to hold water. More flood instances occur as a result because the land is unable to soak and retain water.

Based on this, it is clear how soil fertility can be a sensitive issue when it comes to landscaping. Nothing should be left to chance. A qualified landscaping company with years experience can save you a great deal by helping your soil maintain its fertility through proper management. Contact Twin Oaks Landscape today for advice on your soil.