Soil conditioners and their role in farming

Soil conditioners are best described as additives to the soil that potentially change or enhance for the better, the composition of any given soil. Any input or modification to the soil that aids in water retention or decompaction can produce such a result. With the current trends toward organic and environmentally friendly agricultural products and practices? A state of bewilderment can easily be aquired by anyone shopping for soil conditioner products. This is due to the fact that many soil conditioner products that are available on today’s market will fit the bill for multiple categories. For example, when performing our due diligence in making a decision to purchase a specific soil conditioner product? We see claims to potential outcomes being the same as those provided by a soil amendment. So let us clearly define the difference between a soil conditioner and a soil amendment. A soil conditioner is any addition made to the soil to make it more conducive to plant growth. Again, any addition that will loosen and prevent soil compaction can be considered a soil conditioner. The addition of bio char and other carbon sources such as Humic acid that aid in the retention of moisture are defined as and considered to be soil conditioners. The planting of various plants and grasses that are often referred to as cover crops to aid in the retention of moisture could also, by definition be categorized as soil conditioners. A soil amendment is any product that increases the nutrient values or availability of nutrient values in the soil.

New Life Agricultural microbial soil amendment produces results that could easily fall under either category. The introduction of large amounts of beneficial soil bacteria and fungi benefits the plant and the soil in countless ways. By breaking down the agricultural nutrient inputs to make them more available to the roots of plants, and by aiding in the increases in root volume, we have made and addition that greatly aids in the decomposition of the soil. But we have also made and addition that increases the availability of the nutrient inputs in the soil. So have we conditioned or amended the soil? Clarity is and elusive thing in the overall scenario. Further elaboration is surely required. So read on.

When combining New Life Agricultural microbial soil amendment with humic acid in the same package? And applying both out of the same sprayer reservoir? We simultaneously amended and conditioned the soil. The application of such products, and applied in the proper proportions, can perform dozens of beneficial functions at the microscopic level. These two products indeed go hand in hand. Rarely will one see the scenario where one is needed but not the other. Conditions and deficiencies necessitating the use of a soil conditioner typically tell the tale of other problems below the surface. The primary goals to be accomplished here are of a harmonic and synergistic nature. The decomposition of, and the bio-availability of input nutrients being of paramount importance. Whether organically occurring or synthetic, your expensive input nutrients must be readily available to plant life. Small and gradual changes for the better in the physical composition of your soil will eventually create the perfect subterranean environment to meet your agricultural needs. If you test your soil and address your deficiencies? If you take the necessary action required to make your soil a better growing media? Whatever you decide to grow in your fields and gardens will flourish. Keep in mind that the soil, the microscopic life in the soil, the available nutrients and minerals in the soil? All share in the responsibility for what is growing out of the soil. Flourish or flounder? Each and every one plays a crucial role in healthy life of any plant. You will always have a need for effective soil conditioners and soil amendments.

So when doing your due diligence on these products, look closely at the labels. Brief yourself well on the determining factors of what classifies a product as a soil conditioner. Set your goals and plan to accomplish them. In no time at all you will be reaping healthy rewards.