The three components of soil are inter linked, any attempts to improve soil quality without understanding the interactions between the chemical, physical and biological components will not be effective. Recent soil management practices have been largely focused on the chemical component of soil with extensive use of artificial fertilizers.
An integrated approach recognises that the chemical component is important, but accepts the physical and biological aspects of the soil are of equal importance.
Physical problems such as water logging and compaction have significant impacts on soil quality and the exclusive use of large amount of artificial fertilizer will never solve these problems.
Improved soil quality can only be achieved through the implementation of an integrated soil management approach
Ultimately it is the soil performance which determines the success or failure of the plant, whether it is grass on a race course or a mine remediation site if the soil is bad the plant will not thrive.