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How to Use Epsom Salt in Your Garden

How to Use Epsom Salt in Your Garden

How to Use Epsom Salt in Your Garden

Epsom salts carry a lot of benefits for a variety of situations. Whether you simply need to take a restoring bath for aches and pains or you want to liven up your vegetable garden, knowing how to use these salts will give you an edge on healthy living.   Don’t currently own a tub of Epsom salt? The best place to purchase it is from this page on Amazon.

And best of all? You can gain all of these benefits naturally and toxin-free.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

can reap the benefits of Epsom salts by soaking up the extra sulfate. When these flowers lack proper sulfate levels, they turn a bit yellow. Avoid this and give some vibrancy to your blooms with a regular dose of Epsom salt every 2 to 4 weeks. ( 1-2 tablespoons per gallon of water, every 2 weeks or as needed)

Epsom salts also yield great results when planting your lawn and grass. The extra nutritional boost help seeds to develop and the grass will end up greener, fuller, and healthier with this extra supplement. This healthy grass will also be more resistant to harmful factors in their environment.

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Palm trees

also can gain from Epsom salts. If you’ve seen a sad looking palm tree, you know that the top leaves can often become “dry” looking and frizzly. A mixture of Epsom salt and water can reinvigorate these leaves and keep the frizz away, leaving your palm tree looking sleek and healthy.

It may come as a surprise, but your leaves will also look better with an Epsom salt treatment. Magnesium gives a little extra strength in this circumstance, which means leaves will be strong, thick, healthy, and not curly! As with the flowers of azaleas and rhododendrons, leaves will also get a yellow color when experiencing a deficiency in sulfur. Epsom salts will also cure this.

Palm trees

What other ways can I use Epsom salts to improve my garden?

Tree stump removal

Tree stump removal can be made easier with Epsom salt. This compound absorbs water out of the wood of a tree stump. Drill a few holes in the stump and fill with epsom salt. This will dry out the wood and make it easier to remove. (Read more here on removing tree stumps from your garden :4 Ways To Remove Tree Stumps )

Tree stump removal

Slimy slugs

Slugs hate Epsom salt. Just sprinkle a bit wherever your problem is, and you can be sure you’ve eradicated this infestation with a non-toxic, all-natural solution.

Slimy slugs
Weeds

If you’re tired of getting on your hands and knees to pull out all the weeds in your yard, epsom salt could be your new best friend. Mix two cups of epsom salt with a gallon of vinegar. Then add a dash of liquid dish soap and put into a spray bottle. Next, instead of picking and pulling your weeds, spray them with this solution. You will want to avoid flowers and other plants, but overall, this solution will not damage anything other than the weeds.

Weeds

Splinters

If you have a tricky splinter in your skin after a long day in the garden, you are not alone. This is a common and annoying occurrence and often means that you’ll be fishing it out with tweezers for half the night. Epsom salts, however, can also aid in this problem. Simply soak the area of the splinter in a few teaspoons of epsom salt and a cup of water. After awhile and without any digging or tweezing, your splinter will come out on its own.

Splinters

Epsom salts are the all-natural solution to so many problems. This nontoxic compound will help you to eradicate any use of chemical fertilizers or dangerous weed-killers. You’ll be able to enjoy more nutritious and delicious spoils from the garden as well as watch as your garden truly comes to life in the most vibrant, colorful, and rich way. It’s all about the nutrients when it comes to gardening, so keep your Epsom salts ready when planting and doing upkeep on your beloved flora.

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14 comments

  1. Can u use the Epsom salt with peppermint on plants?

  2. How much per gallon of water??

  3. Crystal Van De Hey

    Can I just sprinkle it in the garden?

  4. Can you explain how it’s used to deter slugs please.

    • The slug contains a lot of water, which is essential for its survival. Sprinkling with salt draws that water out, and the poor creature dies of dehydration.

  5. does it have much benefit for hydrangeas?

  6. Will it help with indoor plants such as ivy

  7. could you please clarify “gallon”? Is it a US gallon or an Imperial gallon? They’re different sizes. A conversion to litre would also be appreciated for those who don’t like in the USA.

    • Oops!! I mean live in the USA

      • We have a water softener so we arent able to water the garden with the hose,(the salt system just kills the plants) so we collect rain water in barrels and just add the Epsom salt directly into the barrels,give it a stir to make sure it all dissolves then we are ready to water! It works out great and the garden has never produced so well.As per the slugs, we have ALOT,can I just sprinkle epsom salts in the flower gardens where i see them the most? will this deter them?Tried beer in the empty tuna cans and it just does not seem to work.