ADLib Glossary (G)

Definition:

Ground Conditions (spreading waste)

Ground conditions vary according to the weather. Spreading of waste is not recommended in certain conditions because of the risk of pollution occurring.  When an application of any fertiliser or soil conditioner whether from a manufactured or waste material is carried out the ground conditions should be such that optimum benefits are fully realised and that pollution does not occur.

Spreading should not occur when the ground conditions will prevent the soil from holding the nutrients.

Typically unsuitable conditions are when the soil is frozen, waterlogged or covered in snow, and in periods of heavy rainfall when there is no vegetation to take up the nutrients applied. In these conditions the nutrient will simply wash off the land into the surrounding watercourses wasting a valuable resource and causing pollution.

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