Shells for Landscaping
Has your soil been lacking in life? Put the power of the ocean back in your lawn by using shells for landscaping!
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Benefits of Using the Resources Around You
Improve Soil Quality
One way shells will increase soil quality is by adding vital nutrients to the soil. As shells breakdown they provide calcium, which helps the structure of soil. Decomposing shells also release chitin, a special kind of nitrogen, that increases plant growth by strengthening their plant cell walls. The chitin also benefits the health of your garden by increasing the amount of chitin-eating bacteria. These bacteria target nematodes and other garden pests as their food source is slowly depleted creating a healthier environment for your plants to thrive in.
The addition of shells for landscaping can also be beneficial to acidic soil. As the breakdown of the shells releases calcium over time, it lowers pH levels and serves as a natural replacement for lime. However, it should be noted that Florida well water has a higher alkaline pH that could make your soil’s pH higher overtime. The addition of shells could make your soil too alkaline for plants as most plants fare better with slightly acidic soil. With that in mind, we recommend a soil test before you add shells into your soil. To get your soil tested, we recommend turning to your local environmental and ecological consultant.
Other Uses For Shells in Your Landscaping
Shells as Mulch
While adding shells to the soil gives it nutrients from the bottom up, you can also add shells as mulch to give your plants nutrients from the top down. As with all organic mulches, be sure to place it directly in the soil to ensure complete nutrient breakdown. Placing shells or any other organic mulch above a weed mat will prevent breakdown from happening.
Shells as Decoration
Shells as Pavement
How do Shells Create Even Walkways?
The self-leveling nature of a shelled pathway has other benefits as well. As water runs through the shells, your pathways won’t become muddy, leave footprints, or create ruts. Shelled pathways are also impervious to heat and cold, so they won’t crack over time. Using shells for walkways, driveways, or other paths are a more cost effective and a more sustainable option.