Improving Soil Quality: How To Condition Soil For Better Plant Growth

By November 17, 2017Articles

Improving Soil Quality: How To Condition Soil For Better Plant Growth

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Soil health is central to our gardens’ productivity and beauty. It’s not surprising that gardeners everywhere are looking for methods of improving soil quality. Using soil conditioners is a great way to accomplish this. What is Soil Conditioning? Soil conditioning means improving several aspects of the quality of soil: Tilth. This refers to the soil’s physical condition and larger-scale structure. It includes whether the soil has aggregates (clumps) and what size they are, whether it has channels where water can enter and drain, and its level of aeration. Soil with good tilth has a structure that supports healthy root growth. Water holding capacity. This is partially a function of the soil type, but there are other things that alter it. Ideally, soil is well drained but holds enough water to support healthy plant growth. Nutrient holding capacity. This refers to the soil’s

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