Most people recognize Epsom salt for its therapeutic properties. At some point, you may have soaked your feet in a soothing bath of Epsom salt and hot water after a long day of work. What you may not realize, however, is that in addition to having a regenerative effect on your aching joints and muscles, Epsom salt can revitalize your lawn and garden as well!
How it Works
Epsom salt is actually an inorganic chemical compound – hydrated magnesium sulfate. Epsom salt contains about 10 percent magnesium, and 13 percent sulfur. Both of these minerals are effective fertilizing agents that can benefit the health of your plants and grasses. Magnesium aids in seed germination and chlorophyll production. It can also help to regulate the pH level of acidic soil. Sulfur, on the other hand, promotes the production of vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. Magnesium sulfate helps plants to absorb nitrogen and phosphorous more effectively as well.
How to Apply Epsom Salt
To use Epsom salt as a fertilizer, you can spread it in much the same way that you’d spread store-bought fertilizers. If you use a spreader, apply about a half a pound of Epsom salt per 100 square feet of lawn. To fertilize your garden, mix 1 ounce of Epsom salts with a gallon of water, and apply the solution with a sprayer.
A dusting of Epsom salt around the perimeter of your garden can also deter pests such as slugs and raccoons. A fertilizer that also helps to controls pests! What more could we ask for?