Nutrient

How to Recognise Nutrient Deficiencies in Soil

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Here are a few tips on signs of different nutrient deficiencies in soil.

If soil is (very) deficient in:

  • CALCIUM: Animal dung does not break down.
  • PHOSPHORUS: Grass is unpalatable. Clover grows stronger out of dung patches. Reddish purple leaves. Mushrooms indicate low Phosphate levels.
  • MAGNESIUM: Yellowing of leaves between the veins. Grass staggers and sometimes sudden death (made worse by low calcium levels in the soil).
  • POTASSIUM: Strong clover growth in urine patches. Yellow tips of older leaves. White dots on edge of white clover leaves. Large proportion of plantain and dandelion in sward.
  • SULPHUR: Grass growing in urine patches is of a deeper green colour. Sheep shed wool.

We can supply two products to correct the above deficiencies... Guano Phosphate Fertiliser for Calcium and Phosphorous deficiencies and ViaMSK 3 in 1 Natural Fertiliser for Magnesium, Sulphur and Potassium deficiencies.