Encap Fast Acting Gypsum
Loosen Heavy Soils the Natural way with Fast Acting Gypsum by Encap
Give your garden room to grow with Encap Fast Acting Gypsum. It helps loosen salt-damaged soil by roadways, even loosens heavy clay soils, to create space for growing roots. Encap Fast Acting Gypsum also helps soil maximize nutrient effectiveness by allowing water to absorb properly. Simple to apply and safe for people and pets, Encap Fast Acting Gypsum enriches the soil with calcium and sulfur to promote bountiful plant growth.
Promotes root growth & water penetration
Provides essential calcium & sulfur Advanced Soil Technology™ improves the soil environment
Easy to apply Safe for people & pets
Give your garden room to grow with Encap Fast Acting Gypsum. It helps loosen salt-damaged soil, even clay, to create space for growing roots. Encap Fast Acting Gypsum also helps soil maximize nutrient effectiveness by allowing water to absorb properly. Simple to apply and safe for people and pets, Encap Fast Acting Gypsum enriches soil with calcium and sulfur to promote bountiful plant growth. It’s the cramped garden’s easy, proven, anxiety-free means for growth. Promotes root growth & water penetration Provides essential calcium & sulfur Advanced Soil Technology™ improves soil environment Easy to apply Safe for people & pets Application rates for Encap Fast Acting Gypsum Lawns 6 lbs. / 1000 sq. ft. Up to 2x per season Shrubs 1 cup surrounding base Feed in spring & fall Veg. / Herb Gardens 1 lb. for every 100 sq. ft. Feed in spring Flower Gardens 1 lb. for every 100 sq. ft. Feed in spring Potted Plants – 12″ 12″ pot = 1 tbsp As needed Potted Plants – 6″ 6″ pot = 1 tsp As needed Encap Fast Acting Gypsum starts working immediately to increase water penetration and help loosen compacted soil, which gives roots more room to grow. It also provides calcium for your lawn without raising soil pH. This unique formula combines advanced soil technology, or AST, with high-quality gypsum to maximize the benefit to the soil. Reasons to add Encap Fast Acting Gypsum to your lawn: The first purpose for gypsum is when it is used on soils with excessive amounts of salt (Na+). Too much sodium in soil will damage good soil structure by displacing other elements needed by plants. Salt is probably most damaging on clay soils. Applying gypsum for lawns will Neutralize the sodium which slowly restores the proper soil structure. Once dislodged, the sodium leaches below the root zone and away from plants. It is an important part of improving soils affected by salt. Other sources are runoff from winter road salt trucks and along coastal areas. Many western states also have problems with excessive salt. The second purpose for using gypsum for lawns is when calcium is needed, but you do not require a change in the soil's pH. Calcium (lime) is needed by plants in large amounts and, therefore, calcium makes up about 65% of the soil's cations. Only Magnesium can equal calcium in total amounts needed by plants. Calcium deficiency can be discovered by taking a soil sample to your local extension agent. However, you may have sufficient calcium (lime), but the calcium may not be available to plants. Solid lime from granulated limestone applications must be dissolved first before it can be used. That can take up to two years. Gypsum doesn't take as long as limestone to break down and is more quickly dissolved, so it can be used by plants. The third purpose for using gypsum is to reverse soil aluminum toxicity in soil. Aluminum is not an essential element for plant or animal life even though aluminum is found in soil in large quantities. Aluminum only becomes toxic in acidic soils. Only acidic soils below 5.0 pH and especially below 4.5 pH are greatly affected. Gypsum for lawns applied to the soil can quickly penetrate to the sub-soil area in the root zone where surface applied lime usually can't reach. Soluble aluminum toxicity damages root growth and decreases root penetration, thus affecting plant health. Only the few acid loving plant species (blueberries, etc) have high aluminum tolerances. Another misconception About Gypsum If you search the internet you will find many sites on gypsum use. University tests conducted on gypsum's ability to soften landscape soils almost always differs from the many claims in home landscape forums. For that matter, even some researchers sometimes disagree on the benefits of gypsum. Keep in mind that gypsum works differently in agricultural areas due to extensive and aggressive soil maintenance. The soil is often turned over to prepare for planting new crops, compared to lawns which are never turned once the lawn is established. In agricultural settings gypsum has proven itself and can improve heavy clay structure, improve plant root depth, drainage, etc. However, gypsum does little to soften hard soils in home landscapes, as is often believed. Home soils are not easily affected by gypsum due to soil layering, heavy compaction, high organic content, etc. Coarse soils can actually be damaged by applying gypsum. Magnesium deficiency from gypsum for lawn application can result in some situations. Gypsum will increase water filtration in saline soils, however. Salt prevents water absorption and blocks absorption into the roots. When the salt is removed by gypsum, the soil can again do its job in absorbing water and making it available to plant roots.