Drip irrigation systems are designed to improve the growth and health of your garden's plants. But if your soil is dry and compacted, the irrigation system can't water your plants properly. The plants in your garden will eventually wither away and die. You can save your garden by conditioning the soil. Here's what you do.
What Are Conditioners?
Conditioners describe natural products, such as cow manure, compost and moss, that help soil retain its moisture, nutrients and beneficial microorganisms when it dries out. Dry soil can compact or clump together over time and prevent your irrigation system from watering your plants. Conditioning is one of the easiest things you can do on your own to improve the quality of your soil.
Soil conditioners contain natural chemicals that protect soil from water loss, root damage and poor growth. The chemicals include nitrogen to improve the growth of your plants and potassium to increase the absorption of water. You generally till or aerate the soil before you spread the conditioner over it. Aerating the soil encourages air and moisture to form in it, which helps the soil absorb the nutrients in the conditioner faster and better.
How Do You Condition Your Soil?
Before you condition your soil, obtain a garden tiller and a bag of manure or moss. Now, follow the steps listed below:
It may take a week or two before you notice a difference in your garden's soil. If your efforts work, you may notice new seedlings sprout up from the soil. However, if the soil remains dry and compacted with no signs of change or new life, contact a drip irrigation service for help. There may be other problems with your system and soil that you can't see.
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