Soil Solutions- Adding Iron Sulfate For Iron Deficiencies Soil Solutions- Adding Iron Sulfate For Iron Deficiencies

What You'll Need
Iron chelates (Iron Sulfate compound)
Shovel
Rake
Garden hose

Iron deficiency in the soil can be detrimental to all kinds of crops. If your soil is iron deficient, here is a simple process to help you get it back to its original glory.

Step 1 – Calculate Iron Needs

Generally speaking, you want to apply iron chelates to deficient soil at the rate of 6 pounds of metallic iron per square acre.  If your soil is abysmally deficient in iron (this can be discerned through soil tests), you can up the amount. However, never go above 10 pounds of metallic iron per square acre.

In order to determine the chelate requirement for your garden, calculate the area of the soil that you will be treating. Figure out the amount in acres by converting your area calculation.  Use that fraction to determine how many iron chelates you need in order to satisfy the above rule.

Step 2 – Apply Chelates

Applying chelates to the soil is the easiest part of the entire process: simply spread the material out over the soil that will be treated.  The iron chelates will most commonly come in spray or liquid form.  Just make sure that the chelates are spread evenly over the surface.

Step 3 – Soil Turnover

Using the shovel, turnover the top part of the soil and mix in the iron chelates.  Try to keep the iron as evenly spread out as possible.  This is best done by turning soil over in place rather than spreading the soil out over the surface area.

Step 4 – Even Out Soil

At this point, the soil will probably be unevenly distributed across the surface of the area that has just been turned over.  You can use the rake to even out the soil.  Once again, try to keep the soil close to its original location in order to maintain an even spread of iron chelates.

Step 5 – Water Soil

Once the raking has been completed, you can water the soil.  This will dissolve some of the chelate substances further and leech them into the soil.  This step is optional, but it is worth doing if you have the time.

Step 6 – Clean Up

Put any remaining chelates away in a safe place. You might need them again if the soil still remains iron deficient. 

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