Soil problems

The most common soil problems are:

  • Humus reduction.
  • A disrupted mineral balance.
  • Rapid fixation of minerals.
  • Insufficient soil life, disrupted soil-life balance.
  • Soil disease, poor bacteria gain the upper hand.

Long-term use of traditional fertilisers means that fertilisation has not been varied at all and carbon-degrading bacteria groups have gained the upper hand. The consequence is that organic matter, including humus, reduces rapidly. Excessive use of 1 mineral to correct this is even worse; for example, using Mg to stop grass tetany can have major consequences for the absorption of other minerals.
Balanced soil

A soil with optimum performance is a balanced soil. The balance between Ca (calcium), Mg (magnesium) and K (potassium) is the most important. Depending on the weight of the soil, a balanced soil has the following ideal composition for the clay-humus complex:

  • Calcium:        60-70%
  • Magnesium:  10-20%
  • Potassium:             3-5%
  • Sodium:           0.5-1.5%
  • Aluminium:      0.5%
  • Hydrogen:      10%