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What Is The Difference Between Fertilizer and Soil Amendment?

 

Southland Organics' Evan Gill explains the difference between Fertilizer and Soil Amendments.

Soil Conditioners/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

Fertilizers

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

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