In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on soil amendments and nutrients in your landscaping topsoil. Soil amendments are additions to your soil that contain nutrients to benefit it in some way, and there are numerous such amendments available to consider for a given garden or landscaping area.
At Utah Landscaping Rock, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of topsoil delivery and related services in addition to our landscaping rocks and other supplies. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few of the most popular topsoil amendments you’ll commonly find in soil today, plus how each of them might benefit your soil in some way.
Lime is one of the single most common soil amendments found in soil today, and it has multiple purposes. The first is to restore the balance of your soil’s pH, especially in cases where the soil has become too acidic for one of several potential reasons. This is done by grinding limestone into lime, or a rock that has high quantities of calcium.
In most cases, this two-pronged addition will be enough to bring pH levels to the proper state. In some rare cases, either one or the other will be added alone rather than using both together.
There are several organic materials that may serve as fantastic soil amendments, and basic organic compost and rotted leaves are great examples. When these kinds of materials are infused into soil, they improve the way particles arrange themselves and the way water and air are able to move through the soil in positive ways.
Simultaneously, these materials cause the soil to be able to retain more water and nutrients on a daily basis. They also increase activity of several different microorganisms that might be present in the area and will build up the quality of your soil.
Another strong soil amendment is gypsum, which is made up of significant amounts of both calcium and sulfur. This means it can offer calcium to the soil without changing its pH levels, plus improves with aeration and drainage.
In addition, gypsum is great for dealing with plant toxins. Its sulfur reacts with water, which forms sulfuric acid and frees calcium.
Finally, there are a wide variety of fertilizers out there that can be used as soil amendments. Many of these contain vital macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, all of which play a huge role in the healthy formation and growth of several plants you might be looking to grow.
For more on soil amendments and which might be best for your landscaping or garden, or to learn about any of our landscape rocks or other services, speak to the staff at Utah Landscaping Rock today.