Soil Amendments

Southern California soil is unfortunately dry and nutrient starved due to the lack of rain and precipitation we receive; for some homes, their yards are nothing but plots of dust where nothing grows. In cases like these, adding lawn fertilizer won’t cut it and you need to go one step further and add California soil amendment to rejuvenate your yard.

What is soil amendment?

Soil amendments are materials to help bring your soil back to life so that it can absorb and retain water that seeds and plants in the earth can drink. Soil amendment can be organic material, such as compost and manure, to add texture and richness. They can also be part chemical to alter your soil’s pH level if it is either too acidic or too alkaline. Having the right pH balance encourages plant and grass growth.

Benefits of soil amendment

When you add soil amendments, you will see results including:

  • Improved lawn aeration
  • Water and nutrient retention
  • Root depth
  • Efficient drainage
  • And more

Difference between lawn fertilizing and soil amendment

Simply put, lawn fertilizer improves plant growth by delivering additional nutrients, while soil amendments improve the delivery method of said nutrients to the plant. One is like putting gas in your car and the other is making sure the fuel lines are clean.

Common soil amendments

The California soil amendments you’re likely to see are:

  • Gypsum
  • Lime
  • Compost
  • Sulfur
  • Ammonium sulfate
  • And others

The balance of pH and texture

If your soil is mostly dust, you’ll need California soil amendment to achieve a green lawn or vibrant garden. However, it isn’t as simple as grabbing soil amendment from a nursery, or the garden section of a store, and dumping it in your yard. You need to test and understand your soil’s pH level so you don’t skew it farther in the wrong direction; additionally, you need to know which California soil amendments will revitalize your soil’s texture. For more information, contact us today so we can assist.

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