For years, Fit Turf has relied upon yucca extract to keep our clients’ shrubs and trees healthy. Yucca is a desert plant that thrives in drought-like conditions, and using the extract as a wetting agent for your trees and plants helps lock in moisture. This is extremely helpful during watering bans, and you can rest easy knowing that although you may not be able to water your greenery, the yucca extract is hard at work.
Because it’s a desert plant, yucca uses moisture much more efficiently than plants and trees living in less extreme climates. Mix it with the water used to irrigate your trees and shrubs, and once the roots absorb the extract, they can better use water. The extract improves the root system by breaking up its micro-channels; this allows the water to spread evenly, while at the same time, removes salts that have accumulated in the root hairs, slowing down water intake. Yucca extract also contains slow-releasing natural sugars that stimulate microbial activity and, in turn, helps plants absorb nutrients more effectively.
Using yucca extract regularly helps condition your shrubs and trees to withstand drought-like conditions. This is the first step in preventing any long-term damage due to lack of rain that often occurs during the hot summer months.
Another way to protect your trees and shrubs from a drought is by properly aerating your soil. Soil is a living, breathing organism, and when it’s highly compacted, oxygen, water and nutrients struggle to get in. Loose soil allows for easy access to your trees’ roots, creating a much healthier environment for your greenery. In addition to providing a channel for oxygen and water, aerated soil provides ideal conditions for fertilizing, allowing the food to move easily through the dirt and to the roots. Also, when shrubs grow in healthy, loose soil, it’s easier for their roots to reach into the ground to get the necessary nutrients.
So, how do you know when it’s time to aerate your soil? There are a few ways to tell. The most obvious sign of soil compaction occurs in high-traffic areas such as near the kids’ playhouse, the swing set or where you walk your dog. It doesn’t take much for soil to become compacted — even mowing your grass in the same pattern can attribute to packed-in soil. If your lawn is soggy after rainfall, and it takes a while to drain, aeration is probably a good idea. You should also aerate your soil if you notice a layer of thatch that exceeds a half-inch thick. Thatch is a mixture of both dead and living organic matter that creates a barrier between the soil and the grass. It prevents important nutrients from reaching the root system and contributes to disease.
If you have questions about yucca extract or if you’re still not sure whether your soil needs to be aerated, contact the experts at Fit Turf and schedule an evaluation. Our full-service company will help you get the lush lawn you’ve always dreamed of.