4 Common Soil Problems and How To Solve Them
As your plants grow you might begin to notice some irregularities which can mean there is something wrong with the soil. When deciding what you need to do to fix your plants issue you will want to check your leaves to investigate what you might need in your soil. The green (or lack thereof) of your leaves can be a clear indication there is something wrong with the soil.
If the leaves have green veins but are yellowing around the perimeter. This typically means it has a nitrogen deficiency. You might have a mulch that wasn’t broken down and was pulling nitrogen out of the soil. You could have poor drainage and there is too much water. It could be an iron deficiency and you may need to add in some iron and gypsum. It could be stale soil that doesn’t have any nutrients in it at all. Some solutions for this type of problem would be to feed the soil, foliar feed the plant if the leaves are still green, add in iron and sulfates.
Another problem is if there are spotting on the interior of the leaves. Usually this indicates some sort of infection. It could be a fungal, an insect, or another type of disease. Solutions for this problem is to use a topical hydrogen peroxide (diluted down to 3%) by spraying it on the leaves. If it is a surface issue you might see a little bit of bubbling or foaming on the leaf. This will help to neutralize the issue on the leaves themselves. You can also use a copper-sulfate in a spray format and use it sparingly. You can always find other anti-fungal sprays with cinnamon or garlic. A soil based solution would be to add some more calcium and micro nutrients into the soil.
The tip burn on your leaves is yet another problem that you might see, especially in the summer. If your leaves are green, but just the tip of it is burnt you have a problem. It could happen from possibly too much salt in your soil or maybe not enough drainage in your soil. You might want to drill drown and make holes to add a 3″ perforated sleave to help the drainage flush through. It could be phosphorus, potassium or calcium deficiency,
Maybe you see yellow veining or a marbling appearance which may be an indication that there is a magnesium, iron or nitrogen deficiency. A good solution is to use Epsom salts. You can also use chelated iron to resolve the problem.
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