With new developments in modern agriculture and vast areas of land being developed throughout the world, keeping our soil and building up the ground in watershed areas has never been more important. In order to properly develop the land, we must use what we have learned in the past and apply it to what we are doing now. If we do not learn, we are destined to repeat the hard earned mistakes others have suffered.
When using heavy machinery, the soil becomes compacted and vegetation is removed. These soils cannot absorb water and causes large amounts of runoff. This leads to flooding in areas where flooding was never a problem. It also leads to acidification in the soil.
The way to fix this problem is with vegetation. Even small scattered areas within a developed area. Without vegetation, the future use of the land and its impact on the surrounding lands is in question. The best soil is created by microorganisms and plant roots which are a vital part of the ecosystem. Read the rest of this entry »