What are humic acids? What role do they play?
How do humic acids work?
In what form is it best to use humic acids?
Humic acids are a rather enigmatic name for now and most of us do not know to which field to assign it. This article will dispel all doubts. Humic acids are nothing but components of humus soil. It is worth knowing that such soil is obtained by fertilizing it with compost or manure (commonly known as “dung”). The process of decomposition of organic compounds found in such soil makes it possible to indicate its composition. These acids are part of this composition and create humus substances. They are therefore also called humic acids. They include, among others:
- organic matter;
- organic carbon;
- microorganisms with good effect;
- humic acid and less known by chemists ulmines and humins.
Humic acids can be obtained in various ways, but the most valuable come from minerals that are intermediate forms between lignite and peat. Significant amounts of these substances are also found in fertilizers of natural origin, i.e. manure, compost or straw or bark litter.
The action of the acids in question is beneficial. Thanks to them, we will significantly improve the physical and chemical properties of the substrate in our gardens, orchards or allotments. As a result, the soil is enriched with valuable organic and mineral compounds for plants. Humic acids work on many levels:
- make plants better able to absorb nutrients from the ground;
- stimulate the formation of beneficial microorganisms;
- improve the quality and structure of the substrate;
- improve the formation and management of minerals in the earth;
- affect the fast and healthy development of the root system, which determines the level of yielding plants and their quality.
Manufacturers of fertilizers, plant protection products or other gardening products offer us preparations that contain the compounds in question. We can buy them in most garden stores at any time of the year, considering the fact that we use them all year round. The application of the preparation is not difficult. It is enough to make a water solution with a humic preparation – according to the information on the label – and water the soil on which our plants grow. The advantage of the preparation is the fact that there is a negligible chance of its overdose. However, this is possible if we “try” 😊 Too much supply of the measure in question is bad for our crops.