Learn the difference and when to use a soil amendment versus a fertilizer for your garden’s health in this quick podcast episode.
Do You Know When to Use Soil Amendments or Fertilizer In Your Garden?
In this podcast, you’ll learn the difference between soil amendments and fertilizers, and how they can directly or indirectly impact your garden.
What You’ll Learn:
- The difference between soil amendments and fertilizer in your garden.
- How each can directly or indirectly impact your gardens health.
- Resources and links for more information.
Some of the resources and products below may be affiliate links, meaning we might get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- Garden Soil Amendment Do’s and Don’ts – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 25 (podcast)
- Test Your Garden’s Soil Texture (article)
- When to Remove Old Mulch Before Adding New Mulch (video)
- Alternatives to Beauty Bark Mulch (podcast)
- Want to get started, but not sure on what? Go to our Start-Here Page!
When to Use Soil Amendments and Fertilizer
We all want to improve the plants in our gardens by using soil amendments and fertilizers, but sometimes it can be confusing to know the difference between the two because they are two different things. Both can improve plant health.
- You should want to use soil amendments in your garden when you want to improve your soils physical characteristics to indirectly improve your plants and garden’s health, like
- water holding (compost, clay, or general organic matter)
- nutrient holding capacity (compost, clay)
- drainage (sand, vermiculite, perlite, compost/organic matter)
- texture (sand, silt, or clay, and sometimes organic matter)
- organic matter content (compost or arborist chips)
- You should want to use Fertilizers (natural or synthetic) in your garden when you want change or improve the nutrient levels in your garden soil to the be directly available to plants, like
*There are other sources of fertilizers out there, so be sure to read the label and know what’s in them before you use them in your garden so you get the desired result you are looking for.
If you aren’t sure where to start learning about garden care, go to our Start Here page at spokengarden.com/start-here .
And, if you have questions about garden mulching, edging or other garden tasks, we are here to help, so please email us.
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