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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


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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Building Your Lawn Care Marketing Plan

It seems like only yesterday we were excitedly preparing for the impending spring craze. Even though it may feel like we are in the midst of summer, fall is coming sooner than you think. Now is the time to start discussing your fall marketing plan in order to capitalize on growth opportunities for the end of 2017. What can you do to get your marketing plan in shape?

Watch our webinar below featuring Marketing Consultant, Nicole Wise and Holganix CEO, Barrett Ersek as they walk you through your marketing plan, marketing tactics to secure growth, and build measurable marketing campaigns. 


What can you expect to learn from the webinar recording?

         1. Set a revenue growth goal

         2. Access free tools to market your company

         3. Build a marketing plan


Watch the webinar recording! 

If you are reading this blog via email, click here to access the webinar recording.




Webinar Resources

Download some of the resources mentioned during the webinar including the marketing plan excel template.

         1. Download the PowerPoint Slides

         2. Download the Marketing Plan Excel Template

         3. Download the Holganix Launch Marketing Box

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3 Reasons to Use Holganix Bio 800+ During Installs

When installing trees, shrubs, flowers or sod, you stress out the plant as it gets used to its new home. At times, stress can be so great that the plant will go into shock or potentially die after installation.

As your insurance policy for achieving the perfect installation, apply Holganix Bio 800+! Holganix Bio 800+ products are designed to aid root development and balance the soil ecosystem.

When it comes to plant installations, Holganix Bio 800+’s focus on rooting and soil leads to huge benefits like:

  1. Improved healing process

  2. Improved plant survival

  3. Healthier plants and more beautiful flowers

Watch our video below to learn more about the benefits of using Bio 800+ during plant installations. If reading this blog via email, click here to access the video. 


How do you use Holganix Bio 800+ during installations?

There are four great ways to apply Holganix Bio 800+ during installations:

  1. Chapin or Chameleon Hose-End Sprayer

  2. Watering Can

  3. Backpack Sprayer

  4. Holganix Bloom Ready to Use Container

Check out our video below for additional information on how to apply Holganix Bio 800+ during installations. If reading this blog via email, click here to access the video. 


Get credit for using Holganix Bio 800+ during installs

At Holganix, we believe in creating long-lasting, win-win partnership, which is why we've created two marketing boxes to help you upsell services like tree and shrub and flower maintenance to your customers. The marketing boxes contain marketing tools like videos for your social media, social media posts, blogs, post card designs and more. Download your marketing boxes below and start growing your business!



Holganix Case Study: "Rebuilding Biological Conditions in the Urban Landscape"

Dane Manobianco isn’t new to the world of biological products in landscape management. He’s been working with biological programs for over 8 years and has specifically been using Holganix Bio 800+ for 5 years as a team member at Dahlman’s Landscape Management in Bradenton, Florida.

Holganix Bio 800+ is a 100% organic plant probiotic that harnesses the power of over 800 species of soil microbes to build stronger, more resilient plants that require up to 75% less fertilizer and pesticides.

According to Dane, “I’m a firm believer in rebuilding biological conditions in the urban landscape. We are delivering the ability to actually boost [plant health] and provide real value.”

Dane likes to compare the use of Holganix Bio 800+ on plants as being similar to properly raising a child. When you use synthetic products, it’s like “a child drinking energy drinks and eating fast food all the time.” But, when you use biological products, it’s like raising a child and you “feed the child properly… provide the right amount of sleep and help it stay active,” he states.

With Bio 800+, “we are providing a healthy environment to have a stronger landscape and you’re seeing less [problems] because the plant is stronger and can heal itself,” Dane says.

Watch our video below to learn more about the results Dane is seeing with Holganix Bio 800+. 


5 Types of Soil Microbes to Nurture Plant and Soil Health


One year ago, we published a blog that discussed the “Top 5 COOLEST Soil Microbes Ever.” Not only was it well-received by the Holganix community – but also it was a blast to highlight some of the soil microbes found in Holganix Bio 800+ products. Our readers asked us to provide more information on the important biology in Holganix 800⁺.

Check out our blog below to learn about some of the powerful microbes found in the product.


When you discuss microbes – diversity is a key theme

It’s hard to pick just a few soil microbes from an ingredient list that contains over 800 species of diverse soil microorganisms. However, while the microbe count in Bio 800+ is important, diversity is even more crucial. Because Bio 800+ is filled with a diversity of life, by using the product you prepare the soil and plant for whatever hurdle it needs to face.

Think of it as your equivalent to a multi-vitamin. Instead of a magic bullet, Holganix Bio 800+ products parachute in an army of specialists, each of which is capable of filling in gaps to balance the biological requirements of the soil and plants.


Soil Microbe 1: Yeast

Species of yeast representing two genus are present in Holganix Bio 800⁺: Debarayomyces and Saccharomyces. Species of both these genera are known to be plant growth promoting organisms. The plant growth promoting effect of yeast in these genera include phosphate solubilizing, barriers to pathogenic bacteria and fungi, production of plant growth hormones and other effects.


Microbe 2: Trichoderma

Trichoderma provides proteins to the plant that produce an induced systemic resistance effect in the plant (ISR). This ISR effect triggers the plant to mount disease resistance properties and also to stimulate photosynthesis in the leaves. In addition, Trichoderma species produce and release plant growth hormones to the soil.


Microbe 3: Penicillium

Penicillium fungi have a plant growth effect caused by the production and secretion of gibberellins which stimulate root growth. Additionally, Pennicillium species have an induced systematic resistance (ISR) effect on plants by secreting enzymes that trigger a plant immune response.


Soil Microbe 4: Nematodes

It is often joked among scientists that nematodes can be found everywhere. About 90% of the ocean floor, and 80% of Earth carries populations of nematodes. They are even rumored to be one of the first organisms to develop from a single-celled organism to a multi-celled organism.

Within the nematode family, there are both beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms. On the one hand, beneficial nematodes are important in mineralizing nutrients (converting nutrients into plant-useable forms), but on the other hand, pathogenic nematodes can destroy root systems, cause disease and negatively impact mycorrhizal fungi.  Other species of nematodes are “grazers” in the environment they live in. These grazers eat bacteria, fungi and/or other nematodes (dependent on the nematode species doing the grazing). This battle is playing out in the soil under our feet every day. Holganix Bio 800⁺ contains nematodes just waiting to join this battle as reinforcement upon application to the soil..

Holganix Bio 800+ contains beneficial nematodes. Check out this blog post featuring a case study showing how Holganix Bio 800+ helped Broken Sound Golf Club fight pathogenic nematodes.


Soil Microbe 5: Lactobacillus

Yes – we did highlight Lactobacillus in our previous blog post, but we can’t help but shine the spotlight on this lesser-known yet very important genus in Holganix Bio 800+ again. Lactobacillus is a genus of bacteria commonly found in soil and the guts of animals. In the soil, these organisms promote the decomposition of organic matter. In addition to organic matter decay, they suppress disease and perform growth-regulatory effects on fungi, yeast and other bacteria.

There are over 200 species of Lactobacillus known to science, with many more waiting to be identified as knowledge of this genus expands.


Want to learn more about the bugs in our jug? 

Want to dig in deeper? Download our ingredient list to learn about some of the exciting ingredients found in Bio 800+.

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

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The Wilmington Blue Rocks Goes Green!

There probably isn’t anything more American than American baseball. For many of us, warm evenings, hot dogs, and a local baseball game is an integral part of summer. For those of us at Holganix, our local team of choice is The Blue Rocks – a minor league team and Holganix user based in Wilmington, Delaware that is only a twenty-minute drive from headquarters.  

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According to Steve Gold, Grounds Manager for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, “When I use a lot of chemicals on the turf. I make the turf fat and dumb. That’s one of the reasons why I was so attracted to Holganix Bio 800+. Less synthetics? Sign me up!”

Gold is on the super inoculation Holganix program, utilizing large amounts of Holganix Bio 800+ in combination with three pounds of nitrogen annually. Before Holganix Bio 800+, Gold still used a lean nitrogen program but Holganix Bio 800has allowed him to take the next step. At the end of the day, it was the reduction in fungicides that really got Gold excited. “I hate fungicides,” states Gold passionately. “It’s the dark side of the turf industry.”

Even with Holganix Bio 800+, “We still have some disease issues that pop up now and then,” admits Gold. “The really great part is that we’ve cut back our fungicide applications from 15 per year to 2 to 3 depending on weather conditions. To me, seeing such a huge decrease in fungicide use means results.”

Like many in the industry, Gold has grown up on turf. “My mother worked at the spring training complex in Florida,” says Gold. “At age 15 I got a job cutting grass in the neighborhood. At that time nothing seemed cooler than being able to work the spring training complex.” Gold worked the training complex until he graduated high school. After several other turf field positions, Gold received an offer with the Blue Rocks. Twenty years later, Gold is still happily caring for the Blue Rocks field. “It “grew” on me,” he said of the field.

Just like the field, Holganix Bio 800grew on Gold too. He first started testing the Holganix program in early 2012. By 2013, after seeing great results, Gold decided to jump on board. “Turf Root depth is what I notice the most,” says Gold who reports seeing 6 to 8 inch roots throughout the year. “Just the other day, we replaced the irrigation head. When we removed sections of the turf to replace the irrigation, it is like picking up a bowling ball because of all the roots.” All in all, Gold says he has longer roots than ever before.

"The cool thing about Holganix Bio 800+", says Gold "is that it really is healthy for the plant". At the end of the day, “The turf plant and the human body are pretty similar,” says Gold. For a human, eating too much carbs or bad fats can be damaging to your health. For turf, synthetics act the same way. “My goal is to nurture a healthy plant not create a fat one.” Holganix Bio 800+ allows Gold to utilize drastically less nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides while promoting plant health. 

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

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Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20... MORE Than Just Nutrients

seed_starterPreBiotic 2-10-20 is more than just nutrients – it’s a powerful liquid additive that also contains microbe food to support soil microbes and nutrient enhancers like ArmamentTM Technology to optimize nutrient use by the plant. Our PreBiotic 2-10-20 is uniquely focused to promote seed germination and a strong, thick, web-like root system.


Does PreBiotic 2-10-20 REALLY work? Don’t ask us. Ask our customers.

According to Justin Johonnett of Vivid Lawn in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, “Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20 helped us boost seed germination during our fall aeration and overseeding applications.”

In addition to using it as a seed starter, Justin says, “We also use Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20 in our fertilization program as a complement to Holganix Blue Sky 21-0-0 and Holganix Lawn [a Bio 800+ product]. The combination allows us to provide a well-balanced fertility program with all the added benefits from the biology in Holganix Lawn. I would recommend Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20 to other lawn and landscape companies.”


How does PreBiotic 2-10-20 work?

1. Phosphorus

Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids that regulate protein synthesis in plants. Benefits associated with phosphorus include stimulating root development, flower formation and seed production. 

2. Potassium

Potassium regulates stomata opening and closing allowing CO2 uptake during photosynthesis. It also helps regulate the uptake of water through plant roots and the loss of water through the stomata.

3. ArmamentTM Technology

ArmamentTM Technology is a patented, biodegradable nutrient enhancer that enhances nutrient utilization by protecting the nutrients and keeping them in a plant useable form. Studies of ArmamentTM have demonstrated a 20% increase in nutrient utilization. 

>> To dig deeper into the science behind ArmamentTM, download the whitepaper here: Armament Technical Sheet

4. Soil Microbe Food

Microbe food contained in Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20 supports the soil microorganisms in the soil ecosystem and those present in other Holganix products – making this product the perfect companion to Bio 800+ and PB1 products.


Want to learn more? Attend our webinar!

On August 10, Holganix Founder Barrett Ersek and contributing researcher Kyle Landenburger are teaming up in a 45-minute webinar on how PreBiotic 2-10-20 enhances aeration and overseeding.

Register: August 10 at 2:00 EST

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Top 5 Things to Know About Armament Technology [SlideShare]

Armament Technology enhances nutrient utilization by protecting the nutrients and keeping them in a plant usable form. That means you get more out of the fertilizer you apply on turf and plants! 

Armament can be found in several Holganix products including Holganix PreBiotic 2-10-20, PB1 2-0-0, PB1 LTO 4-0-2, PreBiotic 0-0-23, Grow, Flower and Calmag.

To learn more about Armament Technology check out our SlideShare below or if viewing via email, click this link: 

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The Pros and Cons to DIY Compost Tea

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Lately, human probiotics seem to be all the rage. It’s seen as a hip, new science found in the form of yogurt and pills that restore your body’s health. Human probiotics is the idea of introducing beneficial or benign microorganisms to our gut to naturally boost gut health.

Just as with human probiotics, plants need probiotics too! Soil microbes help the plant carry out daily functions and can lead to optimized plant resilience, increased yields and a stronger more web-like root system.

Perhaps one of the most common methods of incorporating plant probiotics into a plant health program is by applying compost tea.


Plant’s “Tea of Choice”: Compost Tea

Named for its murky brown tea-colored resemblance, this brewed, water extract of compost works to increase the amount of nutrients and soil microbes available to the plant as well as extending numerous other benefits that come from traditional compost. There are both pros and cons for incorporating compost teas; see below for some of our highlights.


Advantages of Compost Teas

Inexpensive – By applying compost tea to your plants, you reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, ultimately driving down the cost to keep plants healthy.

Aids in Producing a Healthier Plant – When applied, compost tea suppresses foliar diseases and speeds up the breakdown of toxins. Compost tea increases the amount of nutrients available to the plant through microorganism processes, resulting in an overall healthier plant.

Organic – Because it’s made up of natural components, crops nurtured with compost tea are organic, giving you a competitive edge in the plant health/organic world.

Easy to Make – With the right tools and components, compost tea can be made by just about anyone who has good organizational skills.


Disadvantages of Compost Teas

Inconsistent Products – There are many variables in producing compost tea including: compost, water, food materials, time of processing, good record keeping and sourcing materials. In order to ensure consistent results, brewers need to be exact in their recipe-building and production process. Even when brewers are organized in their production and recipe, each batch differs slightly from the last.

Inconsistent Results – Though they might be the same kind of plant, not every plant is exactly the same. As a result, the benefits from applying compost tea can differ slightly per plant.

Lack of Scientific Proof – Compost tea recipes are mostly made up of “he said, she said” gardener testimonials rather than actual scientific proof; therefore, following these recipes can generate unreliable results.

Time Consuming – Because of the “brewing” process, producing compost tea can often be time consuming, and once produced, compost teas must be applied shortly after for best results.


Holganix Can Help!

Brewing your own compost tea is tricky, but Holganix can help! Holganix’s flagship product Bio 800+ is a plant probiotic derived from a compost tea base that contains over 800 species of beneficial soil microbes. Because of our manufacturing process, we ensure product consistency and DNA fingerprint each batch to understand which species of soil microbes are present.

To learn more about Holganix Bio 800+ visit: 

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Top 5 Plant and Soil Science TED Talks


At Holganix, we are self-appointed soil geeks. Learning about new trends, research and theories that are happening in the field makes us tick. We bet it gets you excited too!

Here are our top 5 favorite plant and soil science TED Talks. Warning! Some of these are crazy, unique ideas that will make Holganix almost seem ordinary! If you know a good TED Talk we are missing, post it in the comments of this blog. We’d LOVE to check it out!

If you are reading this on an email, video function will not operate. Click on the link to watch each TED Talk. 


Humus – The Essential Ingredient

Humus is what is left after soil microorganisms have decomposed organic matter. It holds nutrients and moisture and provides a great structure for planting in. Humus is essential for food production and is being gradually depleted. Learn more in Graeme Sait’s TED Talk.


Healthy Soil, Healthy World 

If you pick up a handful of soil, you will be holding more microorganisms in your hand than the entire number of people who have ever lived on earth. Think about that for a moment. Can you imagine the quantity of living things in your grasp? Soil is FULL of life. In this TED Talk you’ll have the opportunity to explore the soil from a microorganisms’ point of view.


Putting Carbon Back Where It Belongs

Good news! Plants can quite literally change the face of the earth. By growing more plants, we can capture more carbon dioxide, water, production, biodiversity and profit? In fact, a 1% change in soil organic matter across just one quarter of the world’s land area could sequester 300 billion tons of physical C02. Check out Tony Lovell’s TED Talk here.


Stop Treating Our Soil Like Dirt!

Healthy soil is not dirt! Healthy soils are critical for keeping water clean producing food and buffering the effects of extreme weather. Soil plays a fundamental role in our lives in three key ways… Watch Karen Wynne’s TED Talk here.


Soil – From Dirt To Lifetime 

Did you know there are more living organisms beneath the soil then there are above it? Soil scientists can’t even come to an agreement about how many microbes are actually in the soil. Check out Fred Kirshenmann’s TED Talk here.

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