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Soil Amendments & Conditioners

Soil Amendments & Conditioners for Garden Soil Preparation

While pest and disease control, fertilizing, and proper planting techniques are key parts to your landscape and garden success, the quality of your soil can greatly impact the quality of your plants more than any other factor. Doing some garden soil preparation can save you a lot of time and bring you more healthy plants. Instead of bringing in pounds and pounds of packaged topsoil, you can use soil amendments to improve the soil’s properties.

 

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Hi-Yield Aluminum Sulfate
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$16.55
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Helps create an acid soil condition.

Natural Guard Soil Activator
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$30.24
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Natural based soil activator for your lawn and garden.

Hydretain ES Plus
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$32.46
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Helps hold water vapor in the plants - reduces watering by up to 50% - improves soil penetration - Extra Strength Root Zone Moisture Manager


Bonide Aluminum Sulfate
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$19.14
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Lowers soil pH for acid loving plants like azaleas, camellias, gardenias, hemlock, holly, cedar, blueberry, rhododendron, dogwood...turns hydrangeas blue.

Southern Athletic Fields Mar Mound Clay
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$46.73
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A red clay material that is best used in high wear areas on the mound, toe and landing areas.

Turface Athletics MVP
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An infield conditioner composed of large particles that is great for incorporating into infield mix, topdressing to help create an excellent and level playing surface.


Hi-Yield Horticultural Hydrated Lime
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$16.43
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Corrects Soil Acidity For Shrubs, Flowers, Vegetables, Lawns And House Plants.

CAL FLO Liquid Limestone
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$57.33
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CAL FLO Liquid Limestone can quickly change soil pH.

Espoma Soil Acidifier
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$16.28
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An effective soil acidifier that contains all-natural ingredients to help acidify or lower the pH of the soil.


Brandt Water-In
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$23.32
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Water-In Makes Water Wetter! Water-In breaks that surface tension allowing water to move freely into the soil profile allowing less water to be more effective.

Coco Fiber - (4 Pack)
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$32.14
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Eco - friendly alternative to peat moss - all natural for composting and gardening needs

Brandt Uptake 12
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$34.75
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Soil Enhancer - Improves soil quality essential to plant health and growth.


Lady Bug Natural Brand Revitalizer Compost
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$41.87
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A blend of humus; cow, horse, and turkey composts; granite sand and humates. Provides a wide variety of beneficial fungal and bacterial micro-organisms.

Natural Guard Compost Maker
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$17.97
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Convert Organic Matter into Rich Mulch.

BuffaLoam Organic Compost
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$23.00
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OMRI listed compost is entirely composed of 100% Buffalo Compost and locally produced wood shavings.


Pennington Fast Acting Lime
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$17.16
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Pennington Fast Acting Lime counteracts low pH levels in soil.

Pennington Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone
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$35.60
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Pennington Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone helps to raise the pH level in soil.

Espoma Soil Perfector
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$34.62
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An all natural soil conditioner that permanently enhances the structure of any soil.


Southern Ag Black Snake Sulfur
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$20.38
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Southern Ag Black Snake Sulfur is used to correct soil alkalinity.

Lady Bug Natural Brand Humate
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$56.64
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Adding Humate increases the soils ability to hold water, increases aeration, reduces heat stress and drought, increases mineral, nutrient and water uptake

Lady Bug Natural Garden Pep Cottonseed Meal
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$23.65
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Lady Bug Natural Garden Pep Cottonseed Meal is the experienced gardener's choice.


Southern Athletic Field Mule Mix 516 Conditioner
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$45.02
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An effective clay conditioner perfect to use for all level of play and professional sports field.

Turface Athletics Pro League Red
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$49.98
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A superior conditioner with rich red color and patented particle size for an ultimate fielding and sliding surface.

Dr Earth Total Advantage Rose & Floral Plant Mix 1.5 cu ft
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$41.74
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Ideal for English Teas, All Flowers, Hybrid Teas, Mini Roses, Climbers, Annuals & Perennials

 

Soil Amendments

Soil amendments, also called soil conditioners, are materials added to your soil that aim to improve aspects of your soil, like water retention, permeability, drainage, aeration, and structure. Your soil should be able to support the roots of your plants while providing the optimal environment for growth. Soil amendments are thoroughly mixed into the soil, not laid on top like mulch. 

Types of Soil Amendments & Conditioners

The end results you’re looking for will determine which type of soil amendment you choose. Organic soil amendments include sphagnum peat, wood chips, grass clippings, straw, compost, manure, biosolids, sawdust, and wood ash. Inorganic soil amendments are manmade or mined, and include vermiculite, perlite, pea gravel, and sand. Organic products have the added benefit of containing nutrients and serve as a food source for beneficial fungi, bacteria, and earthworms, and are the best soil amendments for vegetable gardens. 

Using Soil Amendments 

Before choosing something to add to improve your soil, you should first assess your soil’s condition and research before adding anything to your soil. Soil testing can help you determine what you soil needs in order to better support plant growth. You can order soil tests, which will tell you the current pH, levels of nutrients (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese), and any fertilizer recommendations. These tests can make it clearer on the amendments you might need for your soil. 

 

Along with a soil test, you need to diagnose your soil as heavy (clay-based) or light (sand-based) because certain combinations of soils and amendments can make your soil worse. For example, difficult clay soils need to be porous, permeability, aeration, and drainage and you could use peat, wood chips, tree bark, or straw; adding sand to clay can make it even more compacted, similar to concrete. Sandy soils need to be able to hold water and nutrients and benefit from decomposed organic materials.

 





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