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Ever wonder why that nursery plant you plopped in the ground died, or your landscape doesn’t seem to thrive? The answer may be right under your feet, literally. “Improving Soil Health” will be the focus of a presentation by soil scientist John Sackett at the May meeting of the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas in Weatherford.
Sackett will discuss what he calls the Fab 5 principles for improving the health of the soil: armor or protect the soil, minimize disturbance, increase plant diversity, keep a living root year round and integrate livestock. He will explain how to assess the health of the soil and the role soil plays in the ecosystem.
Sackett has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and range management from Tarleton State University and a master's degree in general agriculture with an emphasis in soil science. He has been a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 12 years.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Harberger Hill community building, 701 Narrow St., in Weatherford.
The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by socializing and refreshments, and the educational program at 7 p.m. The public is always welcome. For information, go to www.npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers.