Restore Pre-development Soil Conditions
R7Restore Pre-development Soil Conditions
3 points possible
Why this matters to the lake?
Why this matters to the lake? Chemical use can also harm natural soil productivity and function, reducing its porosity and ability to capture and breakdown pollutants. Soils rich in organic content is better aerated and has greater storage and treatment capabilities. The misuse of outdoor chemicals can not only harm the environment—especially ground and surface water—but may in fact result in injury to landscape plants as well. Excessive use of nutrients, including phosphorus, triggers the process of eutrophication characterized by increasing algal growth, depleted oxygen for fish and other species, and loss of water clarity and quality. Site disturbance and construction can compact soils, removing porosity and reducing biological functions that reduce infiltration, increasing runoff and pollution.
- Maintain ecosystem services by protecting the natural food web
- Protect water quality by reducing inputs of nutrients and chemicals
- Increase soil productivity and storage capabilities with natural soil amendments
Build healthy soil with compost and mulch. Compost is decomposed organic matter used as a soil amendment, whereas mulch is a material that is applied as a layer over the soil. Organic materials feed beneficial soil microbes that improve soil structure and recycle nutrients to help soil store water and prevent pests and diseases. Soil on site should be tested and analyzed before adding amendments. The lab testing soil should provide recommendations for amendments, if necessary along with soil test results. Tilling and mechanical methods of ripping compacted soils exposes soils restoring oxygen and reintroducing porosity.
- Two points are awarded to a site that strictly uses only natural outdoor products for soil restoration.
- Two points are awarded for soils restoration that includes a natural Soil Amendment Management Plan.
✓ Provide a Soil Amendment Management Plan as part of the Proposed Site Plan and/or narrative that includes soil testing results, required soil amendment information, and fertilizers used on site.
- How to Take a Soil Sample, Cornell Cooperative Extension
- New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual, Chapter 5.1.6- Soils Restoration
- Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual, BMP 6.7.3 Soil Amendment and Restoration
- Grow Smart, Grow Safe - Gardening without pesticides.
- Paul Turkey “Organic Lawn Care Manual”
Existing Regulatory Guidance/Requirements
The National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, US Department of Agriculture.