Epsom salt, a hydrate magnesium sulphate, is commonly used to treat sore and tired muscles. However, the range of its application is much wider. Epsom salt contains compounds of magnesium and sulphur which are highly effective in the garden. If you are planning to take up gardening, Epsom salt certainly has to be part of your gardening gear.
Hydrate magnesium sulphate has been used by thousands of gardeners praising its properties. Here come 11 reasons to use Epsom salt in your garden.
#1 A greener lawn
To have a greener and more eco-friendly grass, sprinkle Epsom Salt manually or use a spreader.
#2 Fighting pests
If there is a problem with insects, snails or rodents, lightly sprinkle Epsom salt around the plants or prepare a solution to spray, using 2 tablespoons of salt and 3,5 litre (a gallon) of water
#3 Better yield
Epsom salt can improve the yield of your garden, especially in case of peppers and tomatoes. Sprinkle some salt at the base of the plant or prepare the same solution as in #2
#4 Insect repellent
3,5 litre of vinegar, 2 glasses of Epsom salt and a quarter glass of washing-up liquid. This will quickly repel any insects that devour your plants. Just pour it into a spray bottle and apply onto the plants.
#5 Sweeter fruit
Gardeners and farmers also use it to make their fruit taste sweeter. A small dose can be applied for peaches, strawberries, watermelons or citrus.
#6 Removing stumps
Drill a few holes in a tree stumps and fill each of them with Epsom salt. Then pour water into the holes. The stunk will fall apart within a few weeks.
If you have a palm tree around your house, apply 1-2 pinches of salt around the trunks to prevent it from going yellow and drying.
If you want to get rid of the stumps, drill holes all over it, approximately 20 cm deep (8 inches), fill the holes with salt and add enough water to soak it. Cover the stump with some cloth or a layer of soil.
#7 Improving leaf condition
Did you notice that some of your favourite plant’s leaves started wrinkling or went yellowish? Prepare a solution of 3,5 litre of water (a gallon) and 2 teaspoonful of salt. Sprinkle it all over the leaves. Alternatively, you can add a bit of salt to the soil.
Epsom salt, due to high content of magnesium and sulphur boost production of chlorophyll and absorption of nutritional elements from the soil. As a result, a lot of farmers believe Epsom salt to be a great fertiliser.
#9 Sunburns and bee stings
While working in the garden we sometimes get bitten by bees or sunburnt if we work too long in the scorching sun. In either case you can use Epsom salt. Prepare moist compress with the salt. Soak a cloth in water with two tablespoons of the salt dissolved there.
#10 Roses even prettier
Epsom salt helps to give your roses more intensive colours. Before planting new flowers, immerse the roots in a bowl with 3,5 litre of water (a gallon) and 2 tablespoons of salt. When the rose blooms, sprinkle a tablespoon around the stem and water it once a month. You can also apply the mixture directly upon the leaves.
#11 Growth of plants
Before planting, add one or two tablespoons of Epsom salt. It will help the seeds sprout better. Also transplanting them will be much easier. All you need to do is to sprinkle some salt on the bottom and cover it with some soil. Only then can you sow the seeds or plant the seedling.