Test Your Knowledge on Soil Conditioners



9 Questions

What is a soil conditioner?

Which of the following is a type of soil conditioner?

What is the purpose of adding a soil conditioner to soil?

What are some examples of soil conditioners?

What is the function of synthetic soil conditioners?

What is the potential harm of over-application of soil amendments?

What is the effect of soil conditioners on water retention in dry, coarse soils?

What is the recommended step before applying soil conditioners?

What is the potential harm of synthetic soil conditioners?


Key Points:

  • Soil conditioners are added to soil to improve its physical and fertility qualities, and are often thought of as a subset of soil amendments.
  • A wide variety of materials have been described as soil conditioners, including biochar, compost, manure, lime, and sulfur.
  • Polyacrylamides, such as Broadleaf P4 and Swell-Gel, are used for horticultural and agricultural purposes, as well as for erosion control at construction sites.
  • Soil conditioners improve soil structure, add nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen, and increase the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils.
  • They also improve water retention in dry, coarse soils and can be used to adjust the pH of the soil.
  • Synthetic soil conditioners, such as polyacrylonitrile, were introduced in the 1950s but were found to be phytotoxic due to their high acrylamide monomer residue.
  • Soil conditioners can be applied in a number of ways, but soil testing should be performed prior to application to determine which conditioners are appropriate.
  • Over-application of some soil amendments can cause ecological problems, as excess nutrients can be harmful to plant health and water quality.


Do you know how to improve soil quality and fertility? Test your knowledge on soil conditioners with this quiz! Learn about the different materials used as soil conditioners, including biochar, compost, manure, lime, and sulfur, as well as synthetic options like polyacrylamides. Discover how soil conditioners can improve soil structure, add nutrients, adjust pH levels, and increase water retention. Test your understanding on the appropriate application of soil conditioners and the potential ecological problems that can arise

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