"The grass is green and the rose is red ... ." Sounds familiar? Rings a bell? Well, this line is from the very famous nursery rhyme that you and your friends would hum along and play. Those were the days, indeed, when this line carried meaning. However, it could be altered to suit the present situation, "The grass is gray and the rose is dead!"
The first version sounds pleasing, the second, painful. The current scenario of the environment is depressing. It, no more, has green fluff to flaunt, only grays to hide. If this description sketches a picture of your garden state as well, then here is one solution: Soil conditioner.
Make your garden green, and gift yourself the beauty of nature. After all, your garden greens contribute to making the environment switch from gray to green!
They are a tonic supplied to soil that lacks the necessary nutrients and is ill-maintained. They make the soil fit for use, thereby creating and maintaining the soil condition.
Types of Soil Amendments
It is now a known fact that soil conditioners are beneficial no end. However, what matters is the quantity of conditioner applied to meliorate the soil. Let us instate that excess application of the conditioner may result in sinister consequences; i.e., it may serve punitive for plant health.
Content of nitrogen, salts, and other nutrients, when present in excess, may prove counterproductive for the environment. Rest assured, for when soil conditioners are added optimally, they reap ample benefits.
Sphagnum peat moss is highly effective, if coupled with heavy clays, helping the soil gain a fine texture, in the process, controlling the degree of compaction. It works well with sandy soil, helping it to retain optimum moisture. Sphagnum peat moss has low pH level that inadvertently acidifies the soil, prepping it for plants that need acidic soil to grow.
The presence of pathogens also makes fresh manure unfit for use. Thus, using old manure (i.e., six to seven months old) and composting it for the stipulated period obviates the problem of pathogens.
When coupled with sphagnum peat moss, pine bark humus becomes highly favorable to be added to soils, preparing for plantation.
However, you may find the texture of your compost conditioner not very uniform. Bottom line: It does not greatly benefit the textural structure of your garden soil; at least not the way other conditioners do.
The mix may also be used for your green expanse; however, the choice may be expensive to endure as well. The soilless potting mix prepares your land by increasing its fertility, thereby also providing nourishment to plants.
What Is It Used For?
- Besides the soil conditioner being the fountainhead of maintenance and health, it is also employed to configure the structure of the soil. As time elapses, soil clumps up and becomes unfit for use. These conditioners are designed to loosen up the soil and make it suitable for plants to boom and flowers to bloom with health.
- With the passage of time, soil also tends to lose its nutrient levels. These conditioners replenish the nutrients into the soil system that encourages plants to grow healthier and glossier in appearance.
- It is also of great help, when soil gets dry. It enriches the soil by improving its power of water retention, working positively on the texture and the quality of the soil.
- The conditioner could be added to conform with regards to plant requirement. The soil pH could be varied to make acidic or alkaline soil, keeping the soil-plant compatibility in mind.
Why Use Soil Conditioner
- Soil conditioners could be in the form of compost (you must know the methods of composting so a good compost could be added to your garden), sphagnum peat moss (a vital component in soilless potting mix), coir, vermiculite, lime, chemical fertilizers, organic conditioners, such as seaweed, manure, and bone meal.
- Mulching is one method, where mulches increase its water retention prowess for plants to turn out healthy. Organic fertilizers strengthen plants and promote organic gardening.
- Organic conditioners for lawns could either be administered in dry, powdery form, or they could be used in liquid form by applying the fertilizer with the foliar spray. They are conditioners that are best administered, when sprayed directly on the surface of the plant.
For Clay Soil
- Soil conditioner could be vital, as clay content can compact the soil. This makes soil unfit. Soil needs to have a good drainage system to prevent water logging that make plants look lifeless.
- Adding organic material in clay soil can help the soil to clump less. Dried leaves, sphagnum moss, bone meal could be added to make it loose and fit for use.
With a little, yet significant effort, you will have a landscape design worth cherishing for a lifetime. Do remember that the grass should always be green! Make greenery a reality once again, and give it meaning ... yet again.