Soil supplements can be used to add vital nutrients to the soil, change the natural pH or even improve the nutrient value of an existing soil mixture. Whether you have heavy, clay-based soil, with yellowing leaves or you need to turn those beautiful Hydrangeas from yellow to orange, at times a good soil supplement is just what’s needed to improve the nutrient value of your soil or add in essential nutrients that might be missing. A good quality soil supplement will also enhance your garden plants and vegetable production. Soils with little nutrient content or low in the right minerals are not only unappealing but can make your garden plants look dull and lifeless, as well as making them susceptible to disease and pests.
Why Is It Important to Add Soil Supplements to Your Landscaping and Gardening System?
Before you begin to use any type of soil supplements for your plants and vegetables, it’s always a good idea to check the label to see how much of a nutrient they actually contain. Most soil supplements will contain a number of key ingredients such as composted, vermiculite, lime, dolomite and pyrite. If you are not sure what these ingredients will do for your plants and vegetables, it’s a good idea to consult a local nursery to get some recommendations for products that are most likely to be helpful to your garden plants and vegetables.
Soil products vary widely in their composition, as well as in the costs associated with purchasing them. It’s important to know the key components that go into making a good soil product to ensure you’re getting the most out of what you invest in the soil supplements.
Composted material is an important nutrient component that has been used by many civilizations for thousands of years. Composted material contains organic material that has been broken down and turned into a nutrient-rich residue. The vermiculite that is found in compost is a high-grade mineral that provides vital trace minerals to the plant. Another important mineral in compost is calcium carbonate, which is a fine dust-like material that is naturally present in the roots of plants and makes up part of their skeleton.
Hydrostatic pressure is another important aspect of soil supplements. This pressure causes the clay particles in the soil to break down, as well as breaks down the natural micro-organisms in the soil that help to breakdown the minerals in the clay. These micro-organisms create a rich, nutrient-rich mixture of humus. Humus is beneficial to plants because it improves the nutrient absorption in the plant’s leaves and roots, as well as supplies of water and nutrients to the ground around the plants.
Fertilizing your plant root system with compost can stimulate a healthier development of your plants’ roots. Compost is especially useful for growing plants that need nitrogen. Nitrogen is not only important for healthy plants, but also for growing new plant growth and for the proper root development of plants that haven’t been established. Nitrogen is also needed by bacteria to grow and reproduce. Without this element, bacteria will grow inefficiently and will not have the ability to support healthy root development.
Soil that contains more humus will provide a more hospitable environment for beneficial microorganisms, bacteria and earthworms that can enhance the plant root system. The micro-organisms will feed off of the nutrients and help the plant to feed on these micro-organisms and nutrients. Microorganisms in the humus will also decompose food for the plant.
Soil supplements should not be overlooked in your attempts to improve the quality of your soil. If you choose the right type of soil product for your plants and your specific needs, you’ll be able to enjoy years of healthy plants and green foliage.