To understand how ClayMend’s unique formula works to improve clay soil for growing plants,
it is important to take a look at what makes up clay soil and how it affects plant growth.
What’s the dirt on clay soil?
Clay soil can be a challenge for anyone who loves their lawn and garden. The dense structure is hostile to root development, inhibiting plant growth. Drainage is slow, often pooling on top of the ground and allowing fungus to develop. Meanwhile, the roots of your plants are thirsty and starved for oxygen and nutrients.
The process to fix clay soil can be slow and arduous. Digging in amendments such as sand, lime or gypsum can provide some temporary relief. But in the long run some amendments can be detrimental. Some people will recommend to you that you work sand into the soil because the particle is large and is believed to keep the soil particles apart. However, the fine clay particles can work their way around the sand and your soil can become even harder with this extra support.
Many will unfortunately give up the fight because they don’t understand the science behind soil structure. The battle against clay soil is won at the microscopic level. With ClayMend, you will transform the soil’s environment, which leads to an increase in microbial activity that physically alters your soil.
Softening Hard Clay Soil is no Longer a Burden
Sodium that is in the soil, although it is microscopic in size, wreaks havoc to clay soil. Traditionally a bulk of heavy material such as gypsum or lime is added to offset activity of the sodium. ClayMend directly targets the sodium, buffering it to the soil thereby rendering it harmless to the soil. This allows the additional microbial activity to build the soil to a softer soil with a more open structure.
Let’s use termites and wood as a metaphor for the soil in your garden. We have some wood on the ground in our garden and termites cause destruction to that wood. In order to offset the destruction you could lug in more wood. Now we have increased the bulk of the wood and though there will still be damage to the wood, it all won’t be completely damaged so in a few months you will still have some wood left. However, eventually the termites will consume all the wood and you’ll have the burden of lugging more wood in to offset the destruction again. Or you could eliminate the termites. That is how ClayMend works. It targets the tiny source of the destruction and virtually eliminates it from the picture.
How ClayMend Restructures and Opens up Clay Soil
It is often said that the ideal soil is loam – a mixture of sand, silt and clay. The open structure of the sand and silt allows air, water and fertilizer to easily reach the root system, however the silt and sand particles lack the ability to hold onto nutrients. Clay soil is the exact opposite. It can hold onto rich nutrients, but its compact structure locks them up and restricts air and water flow. In order to have the best of both worlds, something has to change. Since we can’t force the sand and silt to hold nutrients, the only alternative is to amend the soil so that it becomes more porous and open. This is exactly what ClayMend does.
As an all-natural probiotic soil amendment that improves the environment of clay soil and encourages microbial activity, ClayMend works to restructure the dirt. The organic acids draw the tiniest particles together, those that block air and water from penetrating the soil. Microbial activity then binds them together forming larger particles more closely resembling sand and silt found in loam. This improves the soil environment promoting even more microbial activity. The larger particles allow air, water, nutrients, and plant roots to penetrate the soil resulting in healthier plant growth. In addition nutrient holding clay particles are still able to store nutrients where sand and silt in loam are not.
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ClayMend Gets to the Root of Your Soil Problems
10 Ways ClayMend Works to Improve Clay Soil
1. Instrumental in the production of humus which improves the soil environment.
2. Processes nutrients through increased microbial activity.
3. Breaks apart old plant residue, returning nutrients to the soil.
4. Assists in breaking down and processing compost.
5. Releases organic carbon, making it available for nutrient storage.
6. Breaks apart salt and permanently binds the destructive sodium to the soil, preventing further damage.
7. Increases fertilizer efficiency, and less fertilizer is lost through runoff and volatilization.
8. Moves the pH of the soil toward neutral.
9. Creates a porous structure for improved oxygen flow.
10. Improves drainage to control fungus and conserve water.