Greensand 0-0-0.1 by Espoma
Greensand, also known as Glauconite, is a mineral mined from natural deposits of glauconite located in the Southern part of New Jersey. These deposits are of marine origin and are composed primarily of iron-potassium silicate, which gives it its bluish green color. Greensand is an excellent soil conditioner due to its unique combination of physical and chemical properties which give the gardener the benefits attributed to both sand and clay materials.
Benefits of Greensand:
• Organic source of potassium and other trace elements
• Espoma® Greensand contains 6% total potash, an essential nutrient required by plants that contributes to overall hardiness and good health. This potash solubilizes very slowly and therefore is available to plants at relatively small amounts at any one time. Greensand also contains up to 1.2% of phosphate, another essential nutrient, as well as most of the trace minerals normally associated with deposits of marine origin.
• Loosens clay soils
• The sand-like particle size and rounded shape of greensand prevent the interlocking of soil particles and retard soil compaction. Thus, greensand can be used to loosen high clay soils resulting in a more friable soil condition, better drainage and aeration - all of which are necessary for optimum plant growth.
• Binds sandy soils
• The rounded grains of greensand are actually comprised of finely divided clay particles. The cation exchange capacity for these particles is relatively high, which means that they have a greater capacity to hold and exchange nutrients. These particles also give greensand a high water-holding capacity. This enables greensand to bind sandy soils and thereby improve plant growth.
Directionsfor using Greensand
Light Application 5 to 10 lbs. per 100 square feet.
Medium Application 15 to 30 lbs. per 100 square feet.
Heavy Application 40 to 80 lbs. per 100 square feet
Broadcast or spread Espoma Greensand evenly over the entire area. It is recommended that the greensand be incorporated into the soil before seeding or planting. For application during the growing season use the light rates shown above.
Locating Espoma Products
Espoma products can be found in most independent garden centers. For the closest store near you go to Espoma\'s Web Site or call 1-800-634-0603.