10 Reasons Why You Should Always Use Epsom Salt in Your Garden

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Epsom Salt is one of those products that’s known to cure just about every ailment under the sun, and you’ve probably used it at least once before now. But have you ever considered using Epsom salt for plants and flowers in your garden?

What is Epsom Salt and How Do You Use it?

It may surprise you to learn that Epsom salt isn’t, in fact, a salt. It’s actually crystallized magnesium sulfate which is a mineral. It’s named after where it was discovered, Epsom, and has been used since the 17th century.

Even though nobody has ever produced scientific proof of its health benefits, many people swear by an Epsom salt bath to cure muscular aches and pains.  It also has the reputation of providing fast relief for tension and stress.

Epsom salt is said to ease bloating and constipation if taken orally. This is thought to happen because magnesium sulfate is known to rid the body of excess fluid.

The Benefits of Epsom Salt for Plants

Epsom Salt provides extra nourishment for your soil, which in turn, gives your plants a natural boost. This means there’s no need for extra chemicals to grow your vegetable, herbs or flowers. Many people today will only buy products that they know have been grown organically.

A quick search on the internet provides a multitude of uses for Epsom salt that you may not have thought of but here are our favorites.

 

Enrich Your Lawn

Your grass loves magnesium and you’ll love how green and lush your lawn looks after using Epsom Salt. Use a sprayer with diluted Epsom Salt and water in it, and make sure that you’re using around 3 pounds of salt for every 1250 feet of lawn.

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Treat Your Trees

Applying Epsom salt to the roots of your trees will give your fruit trees more color, more defense against the weather, and a richer taste. Use 2 tablespoons for every 9 square feet.

Send The Slugs Packing

Your garden may love magnesium, but slugs and snails don’t. Use Sprinkle Epsom Salt over your leaves and fruit, rather than using any chemical pesticides.

Uproot That Tree Stump

Because magnesium sulfate soaks up liquid it can make removing tree stumps considerably easier. Drill some holes in the top of the stump and pour Epsom salt into them. Add some water after you’ve filled the holes with salt and wait for the stump to dry. You can also pour the salt on any exposed roots.

Homemade Weed Killer

Another alternative to chemicals, homemade weed killer is easy to make and won’t hurt your plants. Make up a mixture of 2 cups of Epsom Salt and 1 gallon of vinegar with 3 or 4 squirts of dishwashing liquid. Use a sprayer to distribute when needed.

Look After Your Leaves

1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt dissolved in 1 gallon of vinegar and sprayed on your leaves will prevent them from curling. It will also stop the leaves from turning orange or yellow prematurely. With Gardenia and Bougainvillia leaves, just sprinkling ½ cup of Epsom Salts around the roots should be enough to solve the problem.

Beautiful blooms

Magnesium is the magic ingredient in producing plentiful, rich flowers, particularly roses. The mineral helps to produce chlorophyll which means that your roses are going to grow higher and have a deeper color. Before you plant your roses soak the roots in ½ cup of Epsom salt diluted with 1 gallon of vinegar. Also, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of salt in the hole before your cover it with a layer of soil. You can also sprinkle salt on the base of your rose plant before you water them.

Stop Transplant Shock

Just like most humans, plants aren’t always comfortable with change. Once you’ve moved the plant, feed it with a mixture of 1 cup of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water.

Fruitful Tomatoes And Peppers

use epsom salt for plants like tomatoes and peppers

Tomatoes and peppers both go through magnesium quicker than other plants as they grow so Epsom salt is the ideal solution for replacing the mineral quickly and efficiently. Put 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in the hole before you plant the tomatoes or peppers and cover the salt with a fine layer of salt. During the growing season dilute 1 tablespoon of salt with 1 gallon of warm water and spray every two weeks.

First Aid For Gardeners

If you’re a keen gardener, you’ll know how easy it is to get splinters in your hands and how difficult it is to get them out. Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a cup of water and soak your hand or finger. The salt will help to naturally draw the splinter out, so you won’t need to resort to needles.

Are There Any Risks in Using Epsom Salt for Plants?

Epsom Salt is a natural product that is perfectly safe for use with your plants and in your garden, which is why it’s so popular as a replacement for garden chemicals. Give it a try and you will be rewarded with healthy, colorful, and robust plants.

 

Jonathan E. Bass
 

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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