What is iron sulphate?

Iron sulfate is something that looks so beautiful for no reason at all. It’s this gorgeous cyan colour in the form of crystals. It’s all fun and games to read that but do you even know what iron sulphate is? Do you have any idea what it’s made of or what it does? Maybe you’ve come across it once or twice, maybe you see it every day, maybe you’ve never heard of it. What exactly is iron sulphate?

What is it?

Iron sulphate, also called ferrous sulphate, contains an Iron atom and a Sulphate molecule which are bonded together by an ionic bond. These create the cyan coloured crystals I mentioned earlier on. Iron Sulphate has different forms and is used for different things. The hydrated form of iron sulphate is used to treat iron deficiency and to prevent it. When the body doesn’t have enough iron from a pregnancy, blood loss or not getting enough of it through meals, your iron supply drops down.

Something completely different is that it’s also used for gardening, when used for gardening you refer to it as ferrous sulphate. The ferrous sulphate works down the PH level of high alkaline soil, which leads to the soil giving off more nutrients to the plants so they can grow better and healthier.

How to use ferrous sulphate?

For it to work as good as possible youĺl have to scarify your lawn. Scarifying your lawn means that you have to get rid of all the dead grass, moss and lawn clippings. If you do this properly, your ground will be healthier and better already. In the end the scarification also cuts through the soil, which creates small places for the ferrous sulphate to come through better. When it comes through the soil better the plants can get to it easier and your plants will instantly be much happier than before. Also, make sure to make the soil moist before you add the ferrous sulphate to it. That way it easily dissolves and it ends up sinking into the soil.

At different – higher – concentration the ferrous sulphate can also be used as a moss killer instead of just a fertilizer.

Applications and stuff

Now that you’ve read about it, I’m sure you want to use it all day everyday, right? Don’t do that! When you put too much of it it can burn your grass, and if you’re trying to maintain it, that’s not something you’re looking forward to. First of all, avoid freezing temperatures and bright, warm, sunny days. Overall, depending on what you want to use it for, the best periods are autumn through spring.

Also don’t apply it too often, again that might cause burning even if the brands state their ferrous sulphate won’t do that. Apply it in the prescribed concentration every 14 days and you’ll be fine. Just don’t over do it.