What Is a Soil Amendment?

Products such as Jump Start Soil Conditioner and Genesis Lawn Soil Conditioner rebuild soils rapidly and are not considered fertilizers.
soil amendment

What is a soil amendment? Southland Organics' Evan Gill explains the difference between fertilizers and soil amendments.

Soil Amendments

  • Don’t add concentrated nutrients to the soil but actually improve the texture
  • Can be both organic or inorganic
  • Modify the soil structure
  • Rebuild soils which have been damaged by improper management
  • Mixed into topsoil to promote healthy plant growth


  • Concentrated nutrient amounts added to the soil for a direct plant growth influence
  • Do not help soil's texture
  • Have a balanced ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium available to plants after application
  • Supply nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates
  • May be chemically manufactured (synthetic fertilizer) or created from plant and animal products (natural fertilizer)

Products such as Jump Start Soil Conditioner and Genesis Lawn Soil Conditioner rebuild soils rapidly and are not considered fertilizers.

About the Author

Mike Usry

Mike Usry


This was written by Mike Usry, the President of Southland Organics. Mike is an entrepreneur and soil enthusiast with a passion for educating on agriscience-based topics to help business owners and homeowners alike grow plants, turf, poultry and more. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and his MBA from the University of South Florida. The combination of his education and experience has given him a deep understanding of both business and the science behind our products. Mike founded Southland Organics in 2009.

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Erin Flowers

Copywriter and Editor

This was edited by Erin Flowers. As a writer and editor, Erin keeps a close eye on the details. Erin thoroughly researches each topic, fact checking and source searching to give our readers helpful resources for raising chickens, homesteading, and growing lawns and gardens. Erin graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She began working with Southland Organics in 2018.

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