Because trees, plants, grasses and other living things soak up carbon and store it in the ground, healthy soil and proper land management practices are an essential part of the climate solution – whether in your own yard, by the farmer who grows your food, or by the stewards who manage our land.
Carbon rich soil should be full of organic matter and microorganisms that support a healthy plant life.
Below are some actions you can take to assess (test) and improve your soil to increase your land’s water and carbon retention value. You will also have healthier plants.
First, learn more about what soil has to do with climate change from Kiss the Ground.
Once you know your soil quality, you may need to add amendments. Consider natural amendments like compost, mulched leaves, and planting native plants and groundcovers in bare or nutrient poor soil.
Test your soil biology by burying some cotton undies and seeing if they are eaten by microorganisms over a 2-3 month time period: Instructions
Test your soil’s physical and chemical properties:
Amend as needed
- Cover and Amend Soil Naturally
- Town of Bedford residents may pick-up free compost and mulch at the Beaver Dam facility
- Avoid chemicals and pesticides
- Plant native groundcovers