12 Amazing Uses of Epsom salt in the Garden
So in this article I will share with benefits of Epsom salt for your garden
1. Healthy Plant Leaves
One of the active elements in Epsom salt is Magnesium which helps plant in production of chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis.You can also broadcast Epsom around your desired plant at home to get a blossom foliage development.
How to apply it:
- Use 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt per 9 square feet.
- Apply around root zone every 3-4 weeks, but do not let it to have direct contact with the stem.
2. Aids Easy Seed Germination
Magnesium in soil solution improve seed germination, and cause plant seed to absorb other available nutrients for easy germination, because of it high solubility rate.
How to apply it: Broadcast a cup of Epsom salt to 100 square feet each and mix it evenly with soil before planting.
3. Preventing Plant from Pest
Epsom salt is an effective pest repellent. Because it contains sulfur and magnesium which are active mineral compound for pest deterrent. Sprinkling Epsom salts onto your garden rows can beat back different pests, including, groundhogs, deer and rabbits.
4. To Improve Plant Nutrients Uptake
How to apply it: Simply add two tablespoons of Epsom salt into one gallon of water and put it in a spray bottle. If you notice any pests moving about in your garden you can spray them down with Epsom salt solution.
This salt is a magic solvent, it activates the process of absorption in plant soil solution and aids plant in the uptake of other essential nutrients such as, phosphorus, nitrogen and sulfur. It commonly used in commercial fertilizer for purpose.
5. Soil Conditioner
When you notice magnesium deficiency symptoms (for example, yellow leaves, pale leaves yellow color between the veins, these appear especially in the lower and old leaves first) in your garden soil you can apply Epsom to revamp your soil.
6. Use it for Lawns
Because this salt is much available for plant growth in the soil solution, is highly recommended for lawn and landscape. The active mineral in Epsom can make grass looks greener and healthier and tolerance to harsh weather. You can apply it by spaying or dilute it in water as drench liquid to increase it nutrients uptake rate.
How to apply it:
Apply 3lbs for every 1,250 square feet with a mixer, or you can dilute in water and apply with a sprayer for quick result.
7. Yellow Leaves
One of the visible symptoms of magnesium deficiency is yellow leaves, in fact this is more common at the lower part of the pant or older leaves.
8. For Removing Tree Stump
If you have unwanted tree stumps outside your house or on your garden you can use this salt to remove it. Simply create multiple holes at the top of the particular stump, up to 7 to 11 centimeter apart. Pour Epsom salt to every hole you drill and add water. Also apply Epsom to expose root part for 3 to 4 weeks until the stump dies out and then remove it.
9. As Weed Killer
To make weed killer solution, add 2 to 3 cups of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of vinegar and mix the solution very well. Then add the liquid soap and little drops of kerosene to the solution and pour it inside a spray bottle.
When spraying make sure that solution does not come in contact with your plant or flower to avoid damaging your plant.
10. Beautiful Roses
Do you want to grow blossom and healthy roses in your garden? Epsom salt can help you to achieve that. Constant applications of this salt will boost the Magnesium level in leaves that is significant for green pigment (chlorophyll) production and seed germination.
It additionally helps strengthen cell walls and improves the plants uptake of other essential nutrients like nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus.
How to apply it:
- Before you plant your rose make sure you soak its root in dilute solution (half cup of Epsom + 1 gallon of water) of Epsom salt.
- When you are ready to plant it, sprinkle a teaspoon of Epsom salt first into the hole you will make for planting, and cover it up with thin layer of soil.
- During the growing period, sprinkle dilute Epsom salt solution at the base of the plant and water it from easy absorption and reaction.
11. Plant Pepper
Are you thinking of adding pepper to the set of plants you have in your garden? This salt can help you to grow healthy pepper and have bountiful harvest.
Pepper is one of the plant that need a lot of magnesium for proper growth and development. Generally, Epsom salt is very beneficial to plant growth, aids in germination, improve yields, and build stronger cell walls, improved beauty and strength of the peppers.
12. Growing Tomatoes
How to apply it: Water your pepper with diluted salt solution, 2 tablespoons per one gallon of water, for every 2 weeks
Magnesium is one of essential nutrients for tomato production. So magnesium must constantly maintain at certain available level for tomatoes uptake for proper growth and germination.
When planting, mix Epsom salt with the soil at the bottom on the planting hole. Then cover it up with some natural or unfertilized soil prior placing the tomato plant into the hole. Because if the concentrated salt comes in contact with the tomato roots, it can burn the tomato plant.
How to apply it: Apply a tablespoon of Epsom plus gallon of water per foot of plant height for every tomato planted and reapply every two weeks. Using warm water can help dissolve the Epsom salt fast.
If the soil is deficient of magnesium, applying Epsom salt will help; and because it relatively impossible to overuse Epsom salt like most commercial fertilizers, you can use it safely on mostly all your garden plants.
How to Water plants with Epsom salt
To water plants with Epsom salt is easy. However, care must taken because some plant do not need high level of magnesium for optimum growth, for example plant like beans and leafy vegetables.
While some plants like tomatoes, rose, and peppers, need a lot of magnesium and, hence, are always watered with Epsom salt.
When diluted with water, Epsom salt solution is easily taken up by plants, particularly when applied as a foliage spray. Most plants can be sprinkled with the dilute solution of 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt per gallon of water once in 4 to 5 weeks. For regular watering, every other week, reduce it to 1 tablespoon.
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