Decontamination Is the Best Bet for Restoring Fertile Garden Soil

When soil is no longer fertile, decontamination is a great way to revive it. Finding out what exactly is contaminating the soil is the first step in fixing the problem. There are a few steps that you can follow to figure out what agents are contaminating your soil.

Soil that has a 50 ppm or greater or VOC concentration is considered contaminated. VOC which stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, can make growing anything dangerous or impossible. Getting rid of these compounds is possible. It can also help to restore the soil to its fertile state.

Generally, decontamination soil involves using an organic solvent to cleanse the soil. The solvent dissolves the explosives or other harmful materials. The materials that are volatile will become weakened and vulnerable to natural bacteria. The bacteria will work to break the chemicals down and return the soil to a fertile state.

An organic nutrient composition is also generally added to the soil to help ease decomposition. This process happens directly in the soil. This is good because it means that you don't have to worry about removing any of the soil to get it back to normal. Once it is treated, the bacteria just needs time to do its job. Once completed, the soil will become usable again.

Thermal soil remediation is a process that destroys the petroleum distillates and other oil-based substances. This may be the thing that you need to get your soil back to normal. This will require local or state professionals to come in and treat your soil with extreme heat.

You can also try to use mild solvents to get the contaminates out of the soil. By gathering soil and agitating it you can see if it separates the soil from the contaminating agents. This is a simple and less expensive means to solve soil issues. Iron remediation takes the contaminated soil and removes pesticides or herbicides from it. A certain amount of iron is used to wash the soil. The chemicals that are in the soil are broken down. Next the soil is removed and replaced in the affected area. A sheet of plastic is put over the soil to help turn it back into fertile, useable soil.

If the contamination is bad, you will need to contact the local county soil decontamination professionals. They will be able to assist you with genetically altered tress and cleaning supplies. If you are determined to solve the problem yourself you will need to get rid of the contaminated soil in a proper manner. Find out what the state and local codes are concerning contaminated soil.

Contaminated soil is not something you want to take lightly. It is very important to make sure that you do not grow plants and flowers in soil that is not good. Of course, many times, contaminated soil will yield no growth. Be sure that you are growing your garden in healthy soil.

If you don't know what your soil is contaminated with A&L Analytical Laboratories, Inc.2790 Whitten Road Memphis, TN 38133 is excellent testing lab to find the answer. They will also give you their recommendation on the best way to solve your contamination problem. I have used this lab in the past.

Lawrence L. Hoyle, author, 54 years in the Landscape Profession. Check out his main website at: This website has free Landscape help for Do-It-Yourselves and a online Landscape Design Services for Homeowners, Landscape Contractors and Home Builders. Designs online since 2003 with designs in 40 states. Get your new Landscape design today.!

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