Soil Microbes

The soil micro-organisms or bacteria play a crucial role in aeration, water pathogens and breaking down fertilisers, organic matter, harmful non-beneficial fungi or pathogens and minerals in the soil, into forms that can be more readily used by plants. Microbes must first digest all fertilisers, natural residues and other sources of nutrients. Therefore soil microbes should be one of the first considerations of every fertilisation program. The benefits of Soil Microbes include:

  • makes fertilisers more available to plant root systems
  • helps breakdown nitrogen containing compounds
  • helps plants develop better, deeper root systems
  • helps soil absorb and hold moisture better and drain excessive moisture
  • brings a balance back into the soil promoting the conversion of chemicals and nutrients into forms available to the plant
  • faster and more thorough decomposition of crop residue or other organic material
  • more friable soil which is easier to work with
  • improves flavour and texture of many fruits and vegetables