Soil amendments, inoculants, hydrogel crystals, mycorrhizae, microbes, mycorrhizal fungi, superabsorbent polymers—this sounds a lot like a list of vocabulary words from an advanced graduate course in Botany, but it could also be words you run across when googling how to improve the life and health of your plants, garden, or landscaping.
Maybe you just want a straightforward discussion about soil amendments and move into the fancy stuff later.
You’re in the right spot. Let’s start with what a traditional soil amendment is and why it’s important.
A soil amendment, also known as a soil conditioner, assists plant health and growth. While this is a very simple definition, the science behind it is not (as you have probably already guessed from your search results!). These soil amendments, depending on the type chosen and applied, can affect moisture retention, porosity, pH balance, and so much more.
And while there are numerous kinds of amendments you could use, choosing the right one depends upon soil composition, climate, and the plant itself. Here are some basic soil amendments or soil conditioners…
Some of the various traditional soil amendments include but are not limited to:
And then there’s a soil amendment that transcends the traditional category and could really land in its own category–it’s that revolutionary! We’re talking about Mychorrhizal fungi…
The question “Why Use a Traditional Soil Amendment?”, we believe, is inherently answered in its definition. Simply put, soil amendments or conditioners improve the physical nature of your soil thereby helping your plants grow optimally, which we believe, is why you landed here in the first place!
And if you really want to take your soil and plantings to the next level, be sure to use Mycorrhizal fungi!
Stay tuned as we cover a whole host of topics including next week’s “Who’s Responsible for these Dead Plants?”