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

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

Natural Guard Soil Activator
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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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Lowers soil pH for acid loving plants like azaleas, camellias, gardenias, hemlock, holly, cedar, blueberry, rhododendron, dogwood...turns hydrangeas blue.

Turface Mound Clay Red
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This bag contains 50 pounds of finely shredded clay that is great for shaping mounds.


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

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

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


Pennington Fast Acting Gypsum
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Pennington Fast Acting Gypsum naturally aerates soil.

Sun Bulb Better - Gro Phalaenopsis Mix 8 qt
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Formulated with both the hobbyist and commercial grower in mind.

Bonide Hydrated Lime
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Quickly raises soil pH.


Sun Bulb Better - Gro Special Orchid Mix 8 qt
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All natural 100% organic, highly porous for excellent drainage, and custom blend.

Brandt Water-In
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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.

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


Espoma Garden Lime
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A special organic supplement, formulated with 100 percent natural and organic ingredients that contains no fillers and sludges.

Dr Earth Acid Lovers Premium Soil Planting Mix 1.5 Cu ft
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Creates the perfect soil conditions to promote blooming and vigorous health for all acid loving plants.

Lady Bug Natural Brand Super Natural Expanded Shale
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An organic resource from the burnet shale that is found in North Central Texas.


Axilo Mix 5 (0-0-0)
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Chelated micronutrients that are compatible with a wide range of fertilizers and pesticides.

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

Dr Earth Home Grown Potting Soil 1.5 Cu Ft
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Ideal for indoor & outdoor organic medicine & herb gardens for maximum production.


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

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

Pennington Food Plot Fertilizer 8 - 12 - 12
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$50.74
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Penn Food Plot Fertilizer 8-12-12 is the way to help your food plots grow bigger and more productive.

 

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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