If you are an avid gardener, you may have noticed that coconut coir has become a popular garden substitute for peat moss. We want to explain exactly why this trend is taking off and why you should jump on the coconut coir bandwagon.
Coconut Coir is a natural fiber extracted from the outer shell coconut husks. That’s right, those little hairy strings that seemed so insignificant actually have a beneficial use. Peat Moss is an acidic substance which makes it difficult for plants to grow. Coconut coir, on the other hand, has a neutral pH level which facilitates healthy plant growth (most plants grow best in an environment with neutral acidity). The acidic nature of peat moss makes it highly probable that fungi and other plant-based disease will grow and spread. Because coconut coir is naturally free of bacteria, plant disease, fungi, weeds, and pathogens, it provides the same benefits of peat moss without the environmental damages.
Aside from not damaging your plants and soil, the use of coconut coir also yields a lot of positive results. Coconut coir is used most commonly as a soil additive. It provides both potted and garden plants with sufficient space for air circulation while maintaining excellent water retention capacity, which extends the lifespan of soil and slows down the decomposition process. Coir, like peat moss, tends to decompose slowly, creating air pockets that allow water to effectively drain. The fibrous nature of the coir also absorbs water and helps the soil remain moist and fertile. The aerating and hydrating properties of coconut coir make it perfect for every type of soil. If you are working with sandy soil, the coconut coir will help retain nutrients and keep moisture close to the roots. For soil that tends to be more clay-like, the coconut coir works to provide aeration in the hard-packed soil so that nutrients and moisture can be well dispersed. Coconut Coir eliminates the need for additional fertilizer and provides gardeners with a consistent supply of moisture and air for their soil, creating the perfect environment for planting and growing in any climate.
On top of being disease free and structurally beneficial, Coconut Coir is a great organic way to improve your garden soil. Coir is a natural resource that takes a long time to break down (up to 100 years). Because of the long decomposition period, it works to improve the quality of soil by providing a consistent supply of organic matter. As a natural byproduct of coconut trees, Coconut coir is also one hundred percent sustainable, meaning that you are not only helping your soil but the planet as well.
So there you have it. Coconut coir is becoming increasingly popular because there really is not reason for it not to be! Coconut coir will provide all the the necessary benefits of peat moss without any of the troublesome aftermath. With no negative side effects and only positive results, coconut coir provides an effective and environmentally friendly way to achieve healthy and balance soil year in and year out.
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