Soil Conditioner

Definition - What does Soil Conditioner mean?

Soil conditioners are substances that are added to soil to improve the soil’s qualities, usually its fertility. Soil conditioners include both natural and synthetic varieties. Additionally, individual materials can be considered soil conditioners because of their ability to improve the quality of soil. Soil conditioners can be applied to soil using several different methods and in varying numbers of applications.

MaximumYield explains Soil Conditioner

The physical condition of soil is a major factor that can limit plant health and vitality. This is particularly important in crop plants when soil fertility can affect crop yields. When soil is in poor condition, it can restrict water intake, plant root development, and aeration.

Soil conditioners vary in their application rate, composition, and overall result. Additionally, soil conditioners can be synthetic, natural, organic, or inorganic. Some examples of organic soil conditioners are bone meal, compost, compost tea, straw, and vermiculite. These natural, organic types of soil conditioners are often preferred in organic gardening or small home gardens.

Soil conditioners can provide several benefits when applied to soil. The most common is the improvement of the soil's structure. Soils generally become compacted over time, which can restrict root growth. However, soil conditioners can add more texture to the soil, keeping it loose, which allows plants to take up more nutrients and water. Some soil conditioners can also add nutrients to soil. For example, the addition of soil conditioners like compost can support healthy plant growth.

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