Regenerative Landscaping

By Teresa Matteson | December 11, 2021
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A densely planted landscape is both beautiful and helps improve soil health!

Your garden is busy helping the planet!

Plant roots excrete gooey (high carbon) substances into the soil, a beneficial process to attract microbes. In return, the microbes provide nutrients to the plants. This cooperative interaction between flora and fauna is the foundation of soil health, the ultimate goal in resilient landscape systems. Healthy soils capture and filter water, recycle nutrients from decomposing organic matter, resist wind and water erosion, and grow more vigorous plants. Use soil-friendly management practices to increase soil carbon through:

  • Dense plantings of diverse plant species.
  • The presence of living roots in the soil, year-round.
  • Plant canopies and mulches that protect the soil surface.
  • Reduced soil disturbance.

To contact the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition email

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About the Author

Teresa Matteson

In 2001, I uprooted my family and moved to Corvallis to pursue a Master’s in Soil Science at OSU. Food waste composting research married with scholarly escapades into soil physics, chemistry and biology prepared me to be a member of the Benton SWCD Team. My passion is to revive regard for soil.

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