Dr. William Lindemann nevertheless receives his footwear dusty. He continues to be fascinated about soil profiles, and reads nonetheless the history of the soil even in small sheer cliffs around Las Cruces. After an extended career teaching soil technological know-how at New Mexico State University, he now seems to the percentage the knowledge of our desert panorama with residents who need to understand and improve their gardens and lawns. If that’s you, you’re invited to the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) unfastened Lush and Lean Workshop on Thursday, March 21st. “The Rio Grande was once up here,” explains Lindemann as he climbs an embankment to point out a layer of rocks that were at the lowest of a rushing river. “You can see how river currents moved the finer gravel and sand, which settled below the rocks right here,” he explained. Lindemann stocks those observations at his workshop, “Soils and Mulches,” where residents can learn how to prepare and maintain their gardens with soil amendments and use mulch to growth water uptake and retention by using plants. Mulch has been a top career success for this retired professor, with a 3-12 months study finished for nearby pecan farmers to staunch the once a year burning of pecan branches and dried leaves. “It was that the farmers would burn the trimmings of the timber, and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) become coming down at the country,” he stated.
“We began to investigate whether or not the ‘pecan trash’ could be included into the soil.” The study showed the shredded wooden did not tie up vitamins as some expected and could gain soil properties within the long term. What was previously burned as waste has now ended up a beneficial soil amendment with no poor side results? Lindemann smiled, “Agriculture and the surroundings are, of the path, constantly tied together.”