Soil Solutions- Zinc Deficiency Correction With Zinc Sulfate
Maintaining Zinc levels in the soil is important for healthy plant growth. Zinc is listed as a micro nutrient, which means that plants only use it in minuscule amounts, along with such compounds as Molybdenum and Manganese. If you suspect your soil may be deficient in Zinc, the preferred way to condition the soil is to water it with a solution containing Zinc Sulfate.
Soil and Life
Soil, despite what many people believe, is teeming with life. The first 12 inches, the topsoil, contains insects and worms, many kinds of fungus, and hundreds of different bacteria. Not all of these creatures are working to help the plants grow, but many of them, like the earthworm, make the soil more viable simply by living there. These creatures require Zinc to live, just as the plants do, and will deplete the soil if it is not conditioned periodically.
Zinc Sulphate is a natural chemical compound. To condition soil, mix the powder with water, at approximately 1 ounce Zinc Sulphate for every 5 gallons of water. Mix it thoroughly and spray the contents on an area that measures 10 feet by 10 feet. Turn the soil, mixing the Zinc Sulphate solution into the existing soil.