Hydrocarbons

Definition - What does Hydrocarbons mean?

Hydrocarbons are organic compounds that consist of both carbon and hydrogen. Studies have shown that the presence of hydrocarbons in the atmosphere is detrimental to crops as they contribute to the greenhouse effect. Crops cultivated in urban areas are commonly at risk of hydrocarbons. As such, it is important to treat and decontaminate the soil prior to growing plants.

MaximumYield explains Hydrocarbons

While it is not possible to completely decontaminate the soil of hydrocarbons, some steps can be taken to minimize the impact of toxic substances on the plants. For example, gardeners may choose to add rich organic matter to the soil. This includes compost and other organic materials collected from a compost bin, such as animal manure, dead leaves, torn newspapers, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps.

Crops grown in raised beds can protect the plants from hydrocarbons. In such cases, it is important to ensure that the beds are crafted from untreated wood. Adjusting the soil’s pH levels can lessen the impact of hydrocarbons on plants.

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