Soil science blog

The role of nutrient cycling in balancing soils

At EnviroStraw, we’ve spent many years developing a suite of resilient and beneficial microbes for highly disturbed soils – because when microbes are in synergy with plants, they quickly rebuild damaged soils. These microbes form complex communities that are directly involved in nutrient cycling – the movement and exchange of organic and inorganic matter back into the production of living matter. This process is regulated by the food web pathways that were previously present. These organisms decompose organic matter and release locked up nutrients into organic plant-available nutrients – it’s a cycle.

With nutrient cycling, optimum soil health can be achieved – ensuring sufficient nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium and potassium are available to the establishing plants. These play a vital role in keeping soils healthy and productive, are critical in the formation of soil, carbon sequestration, water infiltration and improving the water-holding capacity of the soil, and ultimately are synergistically involved in plant germination and establishment – enhancing survival of the plants long term.

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