Making Your Own Soil Conditioner in the UK

If you are an avid gardener in the United Kingdom, you should be aware of the seasonal changes and how best to nurture your soil composition. Nurturing your soil will help it attain specific fertility levels needed for your plants.

Living in urban areas is advantageous but also has its own set of disadvantages. For instance, the cost of living in the urban UK is high and increasing every year, and therefore, you have to be frugal about spending toward greenery. Planting and maintaining your garden can cost less and yet yield quality produce if you adopt the right methodologies and techniques. The most important and essential part of rearing plants is the soil and its quality. When dealing with the soil composition of your gardens, the maximum fertility should be the goal. Nobody wants to spend money on chemical products for soil enhancement and end up with less or unattractive produce. Hence, a do-it-yourself conditioner would be convenient, less expensive, and very efficient for your gardening endeavors.

Soil Conditioner

Creating a soil conditioner is a simple and straightforward project that will enhance the quality of the soil. Here are some tips and methods that you can use to come up with your own variety of soil conditioner.

Leaf Mould

Before you set out to make your soil conditioner, remember that the best conditioners for natural products such as soil are naturally occurring things themselves. Leaves may seem somewhat useless when they are scattered all over the ground, but it sure does have a very vital part in serving as a soil conditioner. When leafmould is mixed with any type of soil, it will create a condition good enough to increase soil fertility. It acts as compost, which is perfect for planting. Leaves have their own set of disadvantages. The critical thing to know about leaves is that when they are left on the grass, it hinders the growth of grass as it traps moisture and obstructs sunlight from reaching the grass — thereby creating a conducive place for moss to grow and kill the grass. In other instances, like flowerpots and containers, it provides a favorable condition for insects and snails to hide and thereby destroy the plants. When just lying on the pathways, there is a high tendency for algae formation. makes them useful when they are used as soil compost because they can’t deteriorate quickly in the anaerobic environment. Thus leafmould, when mixed with nitrogen, along with materials in a compost becomes a very efficient soil conditioner. The mixture of which would increase nutritious content in the soil to source your plants’ productivity hence increasing soil fertility.

Creating Leaf Mould

During autumn take advantage of the falling leaves. Gather them and create soil conditioner leafmould. Start by gathering fallen leaves into a particular area on your lawn. You could use a rake or leaf blower, whichever is convenient. Then use your lawnmower to run over the pile so that the leaves are further chopped down into smaller pieces. This increases its volume and speeds up the disintegrating process. Place the leaves in a black garbage bag and preserve it. Within a year and a half, you should have just the perfect leafmould ready for conditioning your soil.

Creating Leaf Mould