What is Gypsum?
Gypsum is a soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate. It is commonly found in nature, and it is also a byproduct of the recycling process for drywall. When drywall is recycled, the paper and other contaminants are removed, leaving a powdery substance that is rich in gypsum.
Gypsum has a number of beneficial uses, including as a fertilizer, a waste solidification additive, a soil amendment, and horse bedding. It can also be used to purify water.
Gypsum is one of the earliest forms of fertilizer used in the US. As a fertilizer, gypsum helps to improve the structure of soil and increase its ability to retain water and nutrients. It can be applied to soil in a number of ways, including as a dry powder, as a solution or as an amendment to our Blended Topsoil to improve overall plant growth.
Gypsum is also valuable for soil and waste remediation and stabilization, and as a compost additive.
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Gypsum is also used as a waste solidification additive. When added to certain types of waste, it can help to solidify the material and reduce odors. This makes it easier to transport and dispose of the waste.
In addition to its agricultural uses, gypsum is also used as dairy, poultry and horse bedding. It is a soft and absorbent material that is comfortable for livestock to sleep on. It is also easy to clean and does not produce dust, which can be harmful to the respiratory systems of livestock. Gypsum helps keep bedding dry, absorbs moisture, and reduces pH and ammonia.
Gypsum can also be used to purify water. When added to water, it helps to remove impurities and improve the overall quality of the water. Gypsum is ideal for restoring water clarity in muddy ponds and likes. It naturally attracts and binds clay particles together, forming clumps that sink to the bottom, leaving clear water behind.
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