We can all agree that rollie pollies are cute in some odd way. Known for their ability to roll up into a ball when feel threatened, rollie pollies are unique creatures. Though we refer to them as bugs, rollie pollies are actually a crustacean and are related to crabs.
Rollie Pollies along with earthworms and snails are the most important creatures, responsible for decomposition of fauna and recirculating the soil.
Improve Soil Health and Expedite Composting
What most people don’t realize is that the fact that rollie pollies are not just useless creatures that are fun to look at, they actually help your soil in tremendous ways. Rollie pollies are able to improve soil health and clean up your garden by feeding on dead matter. These little creatures return organic matter to the soil so it can be digested further by bacteria, and fungi.
This process supplies phosphates, nitrates and other essential nutrients to the plants.
Rollie Pollies Remove Toxic Metals from the Soil
One of the most important reasons to keep rollie pollies in the garden is that they effectively remove heavy metals from the soil. They take harmful metals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic and crystallize them in their guts.
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The beauty of rollie pollies lies in their ability to renew the soil and prevent toxic metal ions from leaching into the groundwater.
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