About Leanne Philip

Dr. Leanne J Philip, BSc. (Hon.); MSc.; PhD. is the Managing Director & Chief Scientist of Soil Advocates Inc. She studied at the University of Guelph as an undergraduate (Plant Biology, Environmental Management and Urban Horticulture) and as a graduate student (Plant & Soil Interactions). She has a keen interest in soil sciences, which lead her to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for doctoral studies in soil carbon sequestration and movement within British Columbia’s clear-cut soils. Further work in soil sciences in Europe and Canada reinforced Dr. Philip’s belief that soil processes and mechanisms belowground drive aboveground aesthetics and plant interactions. While active in both research, mentorship and teaching, most recently Dr. Philip has been working in applied soil sciences in industry and community outreach. Dr. Philip is a native of southern Ontario and is a strong advocate for scientific literacy within her community and responsible environmental stewardship.

Diatomaceous Earth

Gardeners are always on the lookout for natural products that can keep their garden free from pests. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring pesticide that seems almost too good to be true: it repels pests both in your garden and your home and won’t harm your family or your pets.

Let’s take a closer look at […]

By |2019-07-16T08:34:16-04:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Heat is On: Understanding Heat Fluctuations In Your Soil Environments

Researchers report that as the planet continues to warm, the carbon stored inside Earth’s soil could escape into the atmosphere at a much faster rate than previously expected. In a worst-case climate change scenario, carbon dioxide emissions could increase by 34 to 37 percent by 2100. In previous predictions, that number was merely nine to […]

What’s All the Buzzing About?

Most people don’t have a positive association with insects. We tend to think of them as pests or nuisances, something rather gross and unwanted. Some, like mosquitos, can even be carriers of disease.

But the truth is that insects play a vital role in our ecosystem and that not all insects are alike. Innovative landscaping techniques […]

By |2019-07-02T09:35:35-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Trees That Can Add More Nitrogen to Your Soil

There are many benefits associated with having trees on your property. They can add quite a bit of value to your property, which is beneficial if you intend to sell at some point in the future. They provide a lot of aesthetic value as well, and greater comfort in the shade they offer various spots […]

By |2019-06-25T08:21:50-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Why Do I Need to Know My Soil’s pH Level?

When you are purchasing seeds or new plants to put into your garden, you might notice labels indicating the pH level of soil in which the plant is most likely to thrive. What exactly does this mean, and why is it important to track the pH level in your soil?

Basically, pH is a measure of […]

By |2019-06-18T19:22:16-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Why Do We Need to “Prove” Things in Our Society?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines proof in a noun form as:

  1. The cogency of evidence that compels acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact
  2. The process or an instance of establishing the validity of a statement especially by derivation from other statements in accordance with principles of reasoning

We live in a society that […]

By |2019-06-11T09:15:48-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Are Plastic-Eating Microbes the Future?

One such solution is the proliferation of plastic-eating microbes. This might sound like something out of a cheesy science fiction film, but it’s a real possibility that is being carefully researched at the University of Malta.

A team of researchers at the university are looking at ways to accelerate plastic deterioration, focusing in particular on […]

By |2019-06-04T10:30:20-04:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Dandelions: Good for the Environment?

Could dandelions actually be good for the environment? Long dismissed as a weed, the plant is now giving hope to researchers who have been looking for ways to rehabilitate regions damaged by oil spills.

Biologist Susan Kaminskyj from the University of Saskatchewan recently discovered a dandelion growing in the middle of an otherwise completely barren patch […]

By |2019-05-28T09:10:16-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Pros and Cons of Leaving Old Fencerows in Place

Fencerows are a remnant of a bygone era in many parts of Canada. In years past, fencerows were the last remaining bits of forests that covered what is now farmland. When that land was divided, cleared for farming and separated into parcels, rows of trees and shrubs were left as a means of […]

By |2019-05-21T08:24:09-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Trees in Pop Culture: Some Famous Examples

Trees are an important part of the human experience, so it should come as no surprise that there are numerous examples of important trees in literature, art, film and pop culture. You can go all the way back to ancient texts to learn of examples such as the Tree of Life, a concept found in […]

By |2019-05-14T09:43:38-04:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |
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