How to Improve Soil Drainage in Your Garden

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on February 17 2023

Watering plants is the one thing we know to do to keep our plants alive.

But did you know that too much soil water can drown your plants?

This is why soil drainage is important for your plants.

But what is soil drainage, and how can you tell if your soil has good drainage?

Read on to find out.

What is Soil Drainage?

Green plant in soil with rocks underneath plant roots to improve soil drainage

Soil drainage is the process through which water moves between soil particles, through and out of the soil, typically as a direct result of gravity.

Good soil drainage should prevent water from pooling around the plant's roots by facilitating a relatively fast water flow.


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Are You Experiencing Poor Soil Drainage?

Dark brown soil

Poor soil drainage is not always easy to identify for the inexperienced eye, so it is important to research and learn how to identify it before it kills your plants.

The color of your soil and plant leaves can help identify drainage issues.

If your soil has a pale gray tinge to it, it's probably holding on to water the same way you should be grabbing a bag of Gypsum Calcium Sulfate Soil conditioners.


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If your plants have rich, bright colors on the leaves, then your soil probably has just the right amount of drainage.

Plants with a slight yellow color near their edges could be indicative of poor soil drainage.

Another way to tell how your soil drainage is doing is by checking how fast your plants are growing.

Stunted growth can often be a direct result of poor soil drainage.

What Are the Consequences of Poor Soil Drainage?

Dry plant roots that are short from lack of nutrients

Poor soil drainage has several consequences for your plants and soil health.

A water-logged root system can cause the soil to lose oxygen and nitrogen levels, which are crucial for plant growth and soil health.

Excessive moisture content can also leave your plants vulnerable to plant diseases and root rot, drastically reducing crop yield.


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Finally, working on a poorly drained piece of land can be a nightmare for farmers using big machines to work the land.

The machines are bound to get stuck in the mud and cause costly delays in the planting and harvesting schedule.

How to Improve Soil Drainage?

Green leaves of plant poking out of dark brown soil

Most farmers and gardeners may wonder how to use gypsum to improve soil drainage.

Gypsum is also called Calcium Sulfate and is among the best-known soil drainage products in the market.

The compound also contains the necessary nutrients for optimal plant growth. Greenway Biotech's Gypsum is easily dissolvable, penetrating the soil layers quickly for marked improvement in no time.


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Calcium Sulfate is also useful for boosting soil structure and preventing soil erosion if your land sits at an incline.

If you're looking for increased earthworm numbers to show how fertile the soil is, using Calcium Sulfate is the best way to reintroduce the squirmy creatures.

Why Choose Greenway Biotech Products for Your Soil Improvement

Greenway biotech gypsum calcium sulfate powder to improve soil drainage in clay soil and compact soil

We provide the best soil improvement products to help you maximize harvests and improve plant health.

We are dedicated to keeping our client's farms and gardens in tip-top shape by providing organic and contaminant-free products for ease of application and better yields.

Shop our fertilizer collection today and experience the undeniable difference in your garden or farm.



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