Epsom salt can be used in a variety of ways to make many of the gardening tasks much easier. The best thing is that it is completely non-toxic and safe and carries no health hazard for anyone. The salt is extracted from the salty spring of Epsom that grows mainly in Surrey, England. It is basically crystal form of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium deficiency is one of the reasons why many plants turn dull and start growing yellowish leaves. Epsom salts meets this deficiency to enliven the plant again.
Following Are 8 Wonderful Ways In Which You Can Use This Salt In Your Garden.
1. Weed Killer
In one gallon of vinegar, mix two cups of Epsom salt and 1/4 cup liquid soap. What you get now is a very efficient natural weed killer for your garden. The problem with most chemical weed killers is that they damage your plants as well while killing the weeds. But, the weed killer you prepare using vinegar and Epsom salt is completely safe. Just fill a spray bottle with this solution and spray the affected areas.
2. Pest Control
Pest control in a home garden can be a tough task, but you can even make a natural pest control solution using Epsom salt and that works very effectively as well. You can easily get rid of the crawling slimy slugs from your garden simply by sprinkling some Epsom salt on the affected areas. The great thing about Epsom salt is that it carries no harmful chemicals and is completely eco-friendly.
3. Fertilizer For Bougainvillea
The beautiful bougainvillea plants, in general, require very low maintenance, but sometimes because of the lower soil pH and heavy flowering on the plant, the magnesium levels in these plants go down to very low, which eventually makes its leaves look dull and yellowish. You can use Epsom salt as an effective solution to this problem. To do this, sprinkle half cup of Epsom salt around the roots of the plant on the ground. For better results, make a spray solution by mixing 1 tbsp of Epsom salt in one gallon of water; fill it in a spray bottle and spray the same gently on the plant. The same treatment can be used for yellowing gardenia leaves as well.
4. Fertilizer For Ferns
The spray that you prepare by mixing 1 tbsp of Epsom salt in one gallon of water can also be used as a natural liquid fertilizer for ferns. It is just that this time you do not have to spray the solution on the plant, but apply it as a drench on the soil near the plant roots. It will help the ferns in your garden to grow rich, dark green leaves.
5. Supplement For Cycads
If the leaves of cycads on your garden have turned dull and yellowish, you can use Epsom salt as a perfect supplement for them. Mix some Epsom salt in the soil. Also, when you water the plant, do not just use plain water; instead, mix 1 tsp of Epsom salt in one gallon of water and water the plant using this solution.
6. Supplement For Palm Trees
When the magnesium level goes down in palm trees, the top leaves of these trees tend to turn dull, light greenish or yellowish and it gives an impression as if the tree is having a bad hair day. Most gardeners usually term this condition as ‘frizzle top’. Epsom salt can come to your rescue here as well. Just mix some Epsom salt in the soil near the base of the plant and then spray the whole plant, especially the leaves and branches with 1 tbsp of Epsom salt mixed in one gallon of water.
7. Tree Stump Remover
Removing a tree stump is usually a very challenging task but Epsom salt can make even this task much easier for you. Drill half a dozen holes in the top portion of the stump by keeping a distance of around three to four inches between the holes. Drill these holes as deep as possible. When you cannot drill anymore, stop and fill these holes with Epsom salt and then pour as much water into them as they can take. If there are exposed roots of the tree stump, spread Epsom salt on them directly. Epsom salt sucks water out of the wood and the wood slowly begins to die. In around two weeks of time, the stump should die completely using this method. Then, you can easily remove the same.
8. Prettier Roses
Epsom salt can even be used to make the roses in your garden much more beautiful. For rose plants, Epsom salt works as a health booster. However, you can get best results by using the salt at the time of planting. Before planting, soak the bare roots of rose plant in a bowl of water for around half an hour. Now, mix some Epsom salt in the soil and plant the roses in it. After a few days, you will see signs of new growth; feed the soil with some more Epsom salt at this stage. Finally, when the flowers start coming in and when they are in full bloom, mix some more Epsom salt. This three-stage feeding will make sure that the flowers achieve fuller blooms in rich, vibrant colors.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why you must have Epsom salt as a necessary ‘tool’ for more efficient gardening.