Your Soil MicroorganismsWho are they?
Healthy soils are full of microorganisms. In one tablespoon of soil there is estimated to be more than 7 billion individual organisms.
A Diverse Micro-community
This micro-community is made up of a staggering diversity of species including more than 75,000 species of bacteria, 25,000 species of fungi, 1,000 species of protozoa, 100 species of nematodes – all within a single spoonful!
It’s the interactions between these organisms that create and maintain a healthy soil.
How diverse is your soil micro community?
Springtail Soil Regeneration derives its name from one of these little organisms. Springtails are a diverse group of tiny soil dwelling creatures who feed primarily on fungi, often helping to control fungal disease.
They are one of the most abundant “visible with the naked eye” organisms in the soil and occur everywhere on earth where there is soil, even thriving in winter climates where they are called ‘snow fleas.’
Why are they important?
Photo: Marcus Reynerson.
Soil organisms are critical for the health of our planet, and as we are just beginning to realize, for our health too. These organisms provide many services that keep the life-giving functions of our planet going.
- Rapid decomposition
- Water purification
- Break down of toxins
- Buffer against drought
- Carbon sequestration
- Erosion and compaction mitigation
- Pathogen and disease suppression
- amongst others…
All plants have evolved alongside these soil organisms and need them for key processes like nutrient absorption and protection against disease. When we damage our soils these fragile organisms die and our plants are left weakened and malnourished. When we start regenerating our soil microorganisms we see many potential benefits like:
Photo: Marcus Reynerson.
- Increased yields
- Decreased water use
- Eliminating a need for chemical fertilizers
- Decreased weed presence
- Increase in nutrient density and flavour
- Optimal soil structure leading to less erosion and compaction
- Increase in plant health and resiliency against disease and pests
- and more…
By feeding your soil microbes you can ensure your plants are healthy and resilient all year long.
Watch these short videos from Kiss the Ground that helps sum up the complexity of all that these organisms do
The Compost Story
The Soil Story
Source: Kiss the Ground
How can Springtail help?
Springtail’s mission is to support land managers, farmers and homeowners to regenerate and maintain a healthy soil microbiology. There are many things that you can do on your own to start this process. Springtail is here to guide you with our consulting services and to help you measure and monitor your progress with our microbial soil analysis.
It’s important to measure your current microbiology so you know how to improve and balance your soil for maximum benefit to your plants. We need to know where we start in order to plan and implement an effective route to where we’d like to go.