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3 Lawn Care Companies Discuss Holganix Products on Lawns [VIDEO]

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No matter the product chosen, lawn and landscape company owners are raving about their experience with Holganix products. Over the last month, we’ve conducted several video interviews with Holganix customers to capture their thoughts on the results they are seeing in the field. Read (and watch) their interviews below - we’ll be releasing additional interviews from other customers over the next few weeks.



Superior Lawn Care - “Holganix gives us an edge on the competition”

Located in Decatur, Alabama, Superior Lawn Care has been using Holganix products for over a year now. According to owner Heath Legg, “we like Holganix because it gives us an edge on the competition - not only from a green standpoint but we also like that it reduces the footprint on the planet for future generations.”  

Watch his video for more information. If you’re reading this blog via email, click here to access Superior’s video.




GrowinGreen - “You can spot a GrowinGreen Lawn because Holganix is on it!”

“About six or seven years ago we used Imprelis which caused plant damage,” explains Jonathan Rigsbee, owner of GrowinGreen Lawn Care in Kernersville, North Carolina. Imprelis - a selective herbicide created by DuPont, caused damage to several of GrowinGreen clients’ evergreen trees. However, by incorporating Holganix products, GrowinGreen was able to recover many of those plants, keeping customers happy.

In addition to aiding in tree recovery, Holganix products have allowed GrowinGreen to reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizer by over 70% and reduce disease pressure on lawns.

According to Jonathan, "You can spot a GrowinGreen lawn because it has Holganix on it!"

Watch his video for more information. If you’re reading this blog via email, click here to access Superior’s video.



Hand Landscapes - “I use Holganix everywhere!”

“I’ve been using Holganix products for 4 or 5 years now,” says Matt Cook of Hand Landscapes in Birmingham, Alabama. Hand Landscapes uses Holganix Bio 800+, PB1 and the granular products (Healthy Grow infused with Holganix).

“I use it everywhere - in my business and at my house. I love Holganix products because they work and because they do what they say they will do,” explains Matt. According to Matt, Holganix products have also allowed them to reduce nitrogen while providing a better green up.  

Watch his video for more information. If you’re reading this blog via email, click here to access Superior’s video.


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8 Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Organic Fertilizer

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With 82% of U.S. households buying organic products, according to the Organic Trade Association, organic fertilizers are going to be an important tool for fertilizer users to consider when building programs. Here are 8 advantages and disadvantages to consider when using organic fertilizers in your program.

 

What is an organic fertilizer?

Organic fertilizer is usually made from plant or animal waste – think manure or compost. They can also be highly processed products with a compost or manure base.

 

What are the advantages of using organic fertilizer?

1. Soil Structure

Because of the organic matter present in organic fertilizer, soil structure is improved and as a result the soil’s ability to hold onto water and nutrients increases.

>>For additional information on organic matter, read our blog: What is Humus?

 

2. Microbes Thrive

Synthetic fertilizer consists of chemical molecules without carbon. These molecules can sometimes be disruptive and are not accessible to microbes. On the other hand, organic fertilizer is rich in organic matter, which helps microbes thrive. Organic fertilizer contains carbon as part of its chemical makeup; and it is the carbon, along with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that feeds microbes and enables them to make nutrients available for plants in a naturally occurring biological process.

>>If you are interested in learning more about soil microbes, visit this blog: 5 Types of Soil Microbes to Nurture Plant and Soil Health

 

3. Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly

Synthetic fertilizers runoff into our waterways harming marine life and water quality. Organic fertilizers do not run off as easily (if at all) and are associated with soil structure. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic fertilizer also increases species biodiversity by 30% compared with synthetic fertilizer.

>>To learn more about fertilizer run off, check out this article: What Are Marine Dead Zones?

 

4. Reduce Fertilizers and Pesticides

Although organic fertilizer can be more costly than synthetic, it can reduce the need for pesticides and the overall nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium requirements. Because of the reductions, organic fertilizer can be cost neutral and sometimes a cost savings.

>>For information on reducing fertilizer and pesticides through the use of organic products, visit Holganix’s university studies here: Holganix University Studies Preview

 

5. Plant Damage Threat Avoided

Some synthetic fertilizers can cause plant damage to leaves and roots. This is less likely with organic fertilizers.

 

What are the disadvantages of using organic fertilizers?

1. Not All Products Are Created Equally

Not all products are created equally and many organic products produce inconsistent results. Make sure you are selecting a product that is industry vetted by reviewing any university studies or case studies.

 

2. Nutrient Levels Are Low

The level of nutrients present in organic fertilizer is often low. In addition, the nutrients are usually complexed in organic chemical structure; this means using organic fertilizer may not produce the pop of color seen with a chemical fertilizer. Using an organic fertilizer is a process, not an event.

 

3. DIY Compost is a Complicated Procedure

While you can produce your own compost, it’s a messy and complicated process that often leads to an inconsistent product and end-result.

 

Interested in going organic without the hassle?

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Holganix Bio 800⁺ products are 100% organic and allow contractors to reduce the need for fertilizer and pesticides by 50 - 75% while still providing results at par or better than traditional chemical fertilizers and pesticides alone. Bio 800⁺ products are plant probiotics filled with over 800 species of beneficial soil microbes that are microscopic fertilizer factories - converting nutrients that are unavailable, increasing the soil’s ability to hold onto nutrients longer and protecting the plant from stress caused by weather, disease and traffic. 

By utilizing a Holganix Bio 800⁺ product with reduced fertilizer and pesticides, you balance the need for a quick result seen with a chemical fertilizer and a safe, environmentally friendly result seen with an organic.

Further, Holganix spends over six figures on university trials to vet out product claims and has over 70 case studies recorded with Holganix products.

>>You can view a sampling of our university studies here and access our case studies here

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3 Reasons To Be Thankful For Turf

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we've compiled 3 reasons why Holganix is thankful for turfgrass this season and why you should be too! 

 

1. Turfgrass takes care of pollution

Turf areas represent the largest carbon sink in the US, sucking up and storing greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Turf also converts carbon dioxide into oxygen. In fact, the grass and trees along the US highway system release enough oxygen to support 22 million people. Turf also helps filter pollutants from run off and can purify and recharge ground water supply, protecting America's water systems from harm.

>>Learn about soil's affect on pollution here

 

2. Turfgrass makes us happy 

Grass areas affect people's moods by creating feelings of serenity, privacy, thoughtfulness and happiness. Furthermore, its yearly cycles of growth and color change lift human spirits and link urban inhabitants with their countryside heritage. 

>>Learn more about turf's affect on happiness here

 

3. Beautiful turf means bigger $

A well-manicured lawn can boost the selling price of your home by 15%! In fact, a Gallup Survey reports that 62% of all US homeowners felt an investment in lawn and landscaping was as good or better than other home improvements.

>>Learn more about the economic benefits associated with turf here 

 

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Healthy Grow + Holganix: Green turf and deep roots

Are you suffering from a lack of plant resilience, loss of plants, a need for a 'perfect' landscape and/or a need to go organic?

If so, then check out the below webinar recording featuring Holganix sales representative, Rob McCoy and Healthy Grow representative, Jeff Leuzinger. Together they walk their listeners through the benefits and science behind our organic fertilizer, Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix. If reading this blog via email, click here to access the recording.

 

Why use Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix?

Jeff states that “the aerobically composted chick manure is the base of Healthy Grow, then we add other materials and nutrients to create a well-rounded product. Holganix Bio 800+ is then added just before bagging and this (Holganix Bio 800+) is what we refer to as the icing on the cake!”

When you combine Healthy Grow and Holganix Bio 800+ you are able to create a little piece of “magic” that will increase tolerance of stress from weather, disease and insects, create more vigorous root growth, improve water retention, use up to 75% less fertilizers and pesticides, and add a pop of color!

For additional information on the manufacturing process, visit our blog: How is Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix Manufactured?

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What is the Difference Between Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix and a Synthetic/ Chemical Fertilizer?

With organic products like Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix, you are dealing with something that is living and is a sustainable source of nutrition. On the other hand, with synthetic fertilizers you are putting the nutrients on the surface and hoping that they get to the roots in an amount and form that the plant can actually use. Additionally, with synthetics many of the nutrients can be lost due to temperature or time of the year. However, when using Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix the nutrients are staying in the soil and releasing when Mother Nature is allowing them to, based on the moisture and the temperature.

 

What Types of Products Does Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix Offer?

There are several different analyses that have been tweaked to provide different results for different needs! Available analyses include:

2-4-3 + Holganix: Perfect for All Purpose

5-2-3 + Holganix: Great for Higher Nitrogen & is 100% Organic

7-9-5 + Holganix: High Performance Starter Fertilizer

10-3-2 + Holganix: The Right Ingredients for the Right Price

Visit our webpage to pour deper into the subject: /probiotic-fertilizer

 

Where Can You Use Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix?

You can use Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix anywhere! Here are a few areas where these products flourish and which specific type of analysis you should use:

Turf – Use 10-3-2

Aerification – Use 7-9-5 or 2-4-3

Landscape beds – Use 10-3-2 or 2-4-3

Sod, seedbeds, sprigging Use 7-9-5 or 2-4-3

Divot mix – Use 2-4-3 & 80:20 sand mix

Potting mix – ALL are GREAT

So put an end to your lawn care and landscape problems, and get the vigorous roots and increased tolerance you want and need with Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix!

Article by Leah O'Neill

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7 Tactics to Increase Root Health

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Why do roots matter? When it comes to nurturing healthy plants, very few green industry professionals pay attention to what occurs below the surface. Yet, maintaining a healthy root system is crucial to building a healthy plant.

Dr. Bob Neidermyer, Holganix’s Director of Soil and Plant Science, conducted an experiment on two pea plants. One plant was the control, while the other used Holganix Bio 800+. On the surface the plants looked the same, however if you look at the roots, one plant had significantly stronger roots. What is it that made one pea plant produce healthier roots than the other?

Dr. Bob Neidermyer says the answer to this question lies within the seven tactics to increase root health. Watch our video below or read the article for information on the seven tactics to increase root health. If you are reading this blog via email, click here to view the video.

 

What are the Seven Tactics to Increase Root Health?

 

Tactic 1: Soil structure

The soil structure of a plant is similar to the foundation of a building. Sales Representative Rob McCoy states, “with a poor foundation, a building will have structural issues, causing the builder or owner to pay for repairs.” This is similar to plants. Soil acts as the structure for the plant, so to promote healthy plants you need to first promote healthy soil.

 

Tactic 2: Soil Fertility

The key nutrients a plant needs to grow include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. A soil test can tell you which nutrients or components your soil may be lacking.

 

Tactic 3: Plant Hormones

Like with humans, hormones help plants grow! Plant hormones such as; auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, ethylene and absicic acid are essential to plant health. You can add these specific hormones or apply any Holganix Bio 800+ or Holganix PB1 product to foster plant health.

 

Tactic 4: Bacteria

Bacteria are another component that improves plant growth either by (1) converting nutrients locked in the soil or atmosphere, (2) secreting plant growth hormones or (3) “Bacteria around the roots can actually discourage plant pathogens”.

So, how can you incorporate bacteria? One solution is to use compost or compost tea. You can also apply any Holganix Bio 800+ or Holganix PB1 product. “We add various types of bacteria to our products to get the best results!” says Dr. Bob.

 

Tactic 5: Fungi

Trichoderma and mychorrhizae are the two basic types of fungi found near the roots of plants. Trichoderma can make roots more sustainable through a process called Systemic Acquired Resistance. Dr. Bob explains that SARs is when fungi secrete a chemical in response to a pest in their environment. The plant receives the chemical signal and mounts a defense against the pest. “It’s like getting a vaccination for plants,” explains Dr. Bob.

Mycorrhizae also aid in root and plant health. These fungi enhance the plant’s ability to uptake water and minerals.

How can you incorporate fungi into your soil? Dr. Bob suggests green industry professionals reduce tillage, apply mycorrhizae, or incorporate Holganix Bio 800+ products or Holganix PB1 Golf.

 

Tactic 6: Prebiotics

What is it a prebiotic? Just like all living things, bacteria and fungi need food. Prebiotics are the sugars or food that bacteria and fungi need to survive.

One way to ensure that your plants have the prebiotics they need is by applying Holganix products. “We have in our Bio 800+ sugars and other food that will sustain the life of bacteria and fungi that are in a can,” explains Dr. Bob. Prebiotics are also contained in Holganix PB1 products, Holganix Blue Sky, Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20, Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix and our 4-Part Garden Line.

 

Tactic 7: Nutrient Enhancers

The role and function of nutrient enhancers are to make nutrients available to plants. They act “almost like a magnet for the root system that pulls nutrients in,” says Rob McCoy. Each Holganix product carries a form of nutrient enhancer.

 

So, lets go back to the pea plants for a moment. Both pea plants may have looked the same from the surface, but beneath the soil there was a distinct difference. One plant had roots that were longer, stronger, and more sustainable. This plant was also treated with Holganix Bio 800+. Holganix Bio 800+’s ability to utilize these seven tactics allowed the pea plant to produce roots that were much healthier and long lasting.

Article by Leah O'Neill

 

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Holganix Case Study: "The Proof is the Plants!" Says Zehrs Garden Center

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“Five stars!” says one homeowner on the Zehrs On The Lake Garden Center Facebook Page, “The plants and flowers are beautiful and huge!”

It’s not uncommon to receive five star reviews at Zehrs – a destination nursery in the Niagara region that’s known for growing a premium product. In fact, owner Mark Van Buren fondly refers to the glowing reviews as “The Zehrs Wows” or moments when customers are instantly gratified with their purchase.

Customers and nursery professionals will tell you that the hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, clematis, roses and mums grown at Zehrs are heartier and healthier than those you find elsewhere.

When it comes to nurturing his plants, Mark has long believed in taking a biological approach. “We do a lot of research at Zehrs,” explains Mark. “That makes us more innovative and willing to try new products and ways of growing plants. I’ve long been drawn to using biological products like root stimulants and nutrient enhancers so adding Holganix Bloom to the mix was a natural next step.”

Holganix Bloom – a Bio 800+ product – is a 100% organic plant probiotic that harnesses the power of over 800 beneficial soil microbes to build resilient plants that need fewer inputs like fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides.

“I’ve been using Holganix Bloom for the last two years,” explains Mark. “There’s an extremely low cost associate with the product so I put Bloom on all of my plants!”

Watch Mark's video below from his greenhouses. If you are viewing this blog via email, click here to watch the video.

 

Holganix Bloom is Like Armor!

According to Mark, Holganix Bloom is like “wrapping my plants in armor!” Not only has it allowed him to produce a healthier overall plant, but also he believes the beneficial nematodes and other ingredients are helping him better manage the threat of harmful insects and pathogens.

 

How Zehrs Uses Holganix Bloom

As soon as Mark’s cutting trays arrive, he applies a sprench (spray + drench) of Holganix Bloom at a two-ounce per gallon rate. He then follows up that initial application every seven-to-ten days throughout the growing season.

“Using Holganix Bloom is a holistic process – not a magic bullet and not a one time application,” explains Mark. “I see Holganinx Bloom as a long term solution to boosting plant health.”

 

“The proof is in the plants!”

“I would recommend Holganix Bloom to any grower,” assures Mark. “There’s a tremendous amount of science behind Holganix products and at the end of the day, the proof is in the plants!”

What's in the Holganix Bio 800+ jug?  Check out our ingredient list! 

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Preliminary results from studies on pathogenic nematodes show big promise!

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“My favorite nematodes are pathogenic Melodogvne (root-knot nematodes) and Heterodera (soybean cyst nematodes),” admits Dr. Kris Nicholas Lambert from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

It may sound strange to name favorite pathogenic nematodes, especially considering that nematodes represent a $100 billion problem in terms of worldwide plant loss, but for a long-term nematode enthusiast like Dr. Lambert, naming favorites is just second nature.

While pursuing his doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Lambert was introduced to Davis’s Department of Nematology (now referred to as the Department of Entomology). He has since become one of the foremost authorities on pathogenic nematodes in America, and has lovingly devoted his career to the study of controlling and understanding how pathogenic nematodes operate. Today, he is a researcher and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“When it comes to studying products and their effect on nematodes, you’re lucky if you can persuade Dr. Lambert to take you on,” explains Holganix’s President of Agriculture, Dr. David Stark. “That’s why we were excited when Dr. Lambert agreed to study a specific Holganix technology and its affect on pathogenic nematodes including the root-knot and the soybean cyst nematode.”

While studies are still ongoing, preliminary results have shown a 75% reduction in pathogenic nematodes with Holganix technology in a lab setting and a 50% reduction in pathogenic nematodes in a field setting.

 

Why study nematodes?

Pathogenic nematodes may be small microscopic round worms, but they represent a BIG problem for growers and turf professionals. In fact, according to a study published by the Society of Nemtaologists, pathogenic nematodes are responsible for an estimated 14% loss of all economically important crops worldwide, translating to over $100 billion annually.

Pathogenic nematodes feed on plant roots, damaging them and draining nutrients from the plant, decrease yields and increase the plant’s susceptibility to other stresses.

Growers and turf professionals suffering from nematode infestations on their fields are often faced with two options: (1) pay a small fortune to decimate all biology within the soil via a toxic nematicide or (2) ignore the problem, and deal with the consequences. 

 

In 2015, golf courses in Florida began taking notice and talking about results they saw on pathogenic nematodes while using Holganix Golf (a Bio 800+ product). Shannon Easter, the Director of Golf Maintenance and Environmental Consultant for Broken Sound Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida, saw an average 60% decrease in pathogenic nematode counts and attributes the results to Holganix Golf.

>>Read about Shannon’s case study here

Results on Florida golf courses inspired Holganix scientists to dig deeper and invest in research to better understand the benefits of Holganix technology on pathogenic nematodes.

 

Digging into the results

While research is still ongoing, preliminary results conducted in a lab setting by Dr. Lambert at the University of Illinois are promising. After the first year of studying the product, the team saw a 75% reduction in pathogenic nematodes in the lab.

“It’s complex,” explains Dr. Lambert of Holganix technology. “There’s a lot of things going on in the jug and it is difficult to state with certainty why Holganix technology is producing results.” However, Dr. Lambert does have three theories.

1. Affecting migration to the roots - Holganix technology appears to confuse or incapacitates the nematode so it can’t migrate to the plant and cause harm.

2. Inhibiting eggs from hatching - Holganix technology may be inhibiting soybean cyst nematode eggs from hatching.

3. Targeting pathogenic nematodes - Microbes in Holganix technology may be attacking pathogenic nematodes.

“We are taking a two-pronged approach to studying Holganix technology,” explains Dr. Lambert. “In 2016, we studied Holganix technology in a lab. This year, we are continuing lab testing but we are also studying it in the field.”

So far, field tests have also been promising. After inoculating each crop with pathogenic nematodes and applying Holganix technology, Dr. Lambert reports a 50% reduction in pathogenic nematodes.

Dr. Lambert will need to repeat the lab studies two or three times and the field studies over a minimum of two growing seasons before drawing conclusive results regarding the effect, mechanism and application of Holganix technology when used as a treatment against pathogenic nematodes.

 

What will the future hold?

Dr. Lambert continues to diligently test Holganix technology against pathogenic nematodes and hopes to write a paper about the subject in the near future. At the end of the day, “chemical treatments (nematicides) are extremely expensive for growers and turf professionals,” explains Dr. Lambert. “The fact that Holganix technology is better for the environment, technician and pocket-book is exciting. We are crossing our fingers and hoping for additional positive feedback. Stay tuned!”

Today, Holganix does not offer a registered nematicide product and results on Holganix technology’s influence over pathogenic nematodes are still pending; however, the Holganix team is excited by the results and what those results could mean for the future of Holganix.

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Flooded by a hurricane? Holganix products can help!

At Holganix, we are so grateful that so many of our partners – green industry professionals, distributors and even employees – made it through both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma healthy and intact. That’s a blessing!

As our partners made it back to their homes and back to work, we started to get a stream of questions: Will Holganix Bio 800+ products help us manage plant health problems caused by flooding?

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In short – yes Holganix Bio 800+ is a tool in your arsenal to deal with the after-effects of flooding caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Bio 800+ is a plant probiotic teeming with over 800 species of soil microbes, nutrient enhancers and microbe food that naturally fosters root growth, builds plant strength, and reduces the need for fertilizer, pesticide and water.

 

It’s a matter of oxygen…

How long can you hold your breath? Just like humans, turf and plants “breathe”. Oxygen is absorbed through the roots and crown of the plant, and the plant takes in oxygen from pores (stomata) on the leaf surface.

Oxygen is essential to plant health because, without oxygen the plant is not able to break down elements that create energy and without energy, the plant dies.

So, how long can a plant hold its breath? Each species is different. For example, a mature tree can hold its breath longer than turfgrass because a tree’s root system runs deeper than turf’s and can more easily mine for oxygen. When a beaver creates a dam, the creek over flows its bank and a pond is created over the flood plain. If you have seen this happen, you have also seen the trees die. This is because the tree roots are denied a source of oxygen

Assuming that your plants are still alive after flooding, they may be weak and may need help to regrow and recover from stresses caused by salt and pathogens.

 

Root Development

Holganix Bio 800+ promotes root development through the presence of soil microbes like mycorrhizae fungi and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR).

Mycorrhizae and PGPR form symbiotic relationships with plants whereby the plants feed the microbe by secreting sugars and in turn, the microbe performs functions to make nutrients more readily available to the plants.

According to What is Life? A Guide to Biology, mycorrhizae “extracts phosphorus and nitrogen from the soil and releases them inside the roots of the plant, the additional nutrients that the plant receives from the fungi allow the plant to grow faster and larger.” In addition, mycorrhizae search the soil for nutrients that are too far or deep in the soil for the roots to reach, delivering them to the plant.

PGPR is a special class of bacteria that occupy the rhizosphere (area of the soil where roots grow) and have the ability to promote plant growth. They directly affect plant growth by facilitating the availability of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and iron. PGPR also produce plant hormones like auxins, gibberellins and cytokinins that stimulate plant root and shoot growth in exchange for food sources from the plant.

 

Turf Recovery From Stress

When the plant is under attack from pathogens or suffering from salt-related stresses, Bio 800+ can help.

Soil microbes like PGPR help the plant through competitive displacement, where PGPR out-compete pathogens for nutrients.

Further, PGPR and Trichoderma fungi have been shown to induce SAR (Systematic Acquired Resistance). SAR triggers a signal in the plant that activates the plant’s defense system such as reinforcing plant cell walls, producing anti-microbial phytoalexins and synthesizing pathogen-related proteins.

If you are concerned about salt-related stress, consider three functions of soil microbes as it relates to salt:

1. Bacteria and fungi secrete plant hormones that induce plant growth – even when salt is overloaded in the soil

2. Plants can selectively reduce sodium uptake, which plant hormones produced by bacteria and fungi, help support.

3. Bacteria can induce tolerance to sodium through Induced Systematic Tolerance (ISR). In this case, bacteria send a message to plants (through the roots) indicating the presence of too much sodium.


Additional questions?

If you have additional questions about how Holganix Bio 800+ can be a tool in your arsenal to deal with the aftereffects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, please don’t hesitate to give the office a call!

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10 Dirty Secrets About Soil [SlideShare]

Soil Scientist, Charles E. Kellogg once stated, "There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together." What an incredible reminder of the important role soil plays in our lives. In honor of soil, we've created the SlideShare, 10 Dirty Secrets About Soil

For example, did you know that there are roughly 70,000 different types of soil in the United States? Or, that one tablespoon of soil has more organisms in it than there are people on Earth? Check out our SlideShare below to learn more.

If you are viewing this blog via email, click this link to access the SlideShare.

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Holganix Case Study: Improved Turf Recovery & Rooting at The Padres

Before becoming the National Sports Turf Specialist for Ewing, Luke spent 12 years as the Director of Field Operations at the San Diego Padres. “It was a high intensity job, but I really loved being on the turf every day and experimenting with new products and new practices.”

During his last two years at the Padres, Luke started using Holganix Bio 800+ Golf.

“At first I was skeptical of Holganix Bio 800+,” explains Luke, but when he saw the chief ingredient was a compost tea, he knew he needed to experiment with the product.

Prior to using Holganix Bio 800+, Luke had utilized a home-brewed compost tea with a worm-casting base. While he liked the results from his home-brewed tea, brewing the product was cumbersome and the two-day shelf life made applying the product a challenge.

 

Results at the Padres

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Luke’s first application of Bio 800+ Golf was the hyper inoculation rate of 14 ounces per 1,000 square feet. Following the first application, Luke applied Bio 800+ every two weeks at 7 ounces per 1,000 square feet.

According to Luke, his three key results were:

1. Rooting  “Our roots were eight inches long by May after sodding in March. Typically, we would have four-to-five inch roots at that time,” says Luke. “We also saw more white root hairs and the roots were denser.”

2. Reduced Fertilizer Use – Because Holganix Bio 800+ increases fertilizer efficiency, Luke reduced his nitrogen by 25-to-30 percent.

3. Turf Recovery – “We had 100 events per year and I would typically sod normal wear areas three times per year. But, with Holganix Bio 800+ the turf held up better and I only had to re-sod one-to-two times per year.”

 

Results at Home

“I’m constantly experimenting at my home to fine tune the use of products,” explains Luke. He specifically sites one test with Bio 800+ Bloom on potted violas. In both pots, he used Fox Farm potting soil, 8-8-8 fertilizer and watered. However, in the Holganix pot, he also incorporated the use of Bio 800+ Bloom. “The pot wound up overflowing and lasting me a good six months.”

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What’s in the jug?

The ingredients list is Luke’s favorite Holganix piece because it accurately paints a picture of what’s in the Bio 800+ product line and how those ingredients can cater to plant and soil health. Download your copy of the Holganix Bio 800+ ingredient list below.

What's in the Holganix Bio 800+ jug?  Check out our ingredient list!

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