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3 Crazy TED Talks for Plant Geeks

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The truth is, those of us at Holganix are complete geeks when it comes to soil and plants. It’s one of the reason why we love to share new TED Talks with our blog readers that demonstrate a new technology or perspective on soil and plants.

Below are three selected plant-related TED Talks that contain crazy, unique ideas that will make Holganix products almost seem ordinary.  

 

Two notes for the reader:

1. If you are reading this blog via email, the videos will not operate. Click the link to each video to watch the TED Talk.

2. If you liked these TED Talks, consider checking out: Top 5 Soil Science TED Talks and Top 5 TED Talks for LAWNtrepreneurs.

 

How to grow a forest in your backyard

Eco-Entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma demonstrates how his company grows dense, bio diverse, 100-year-old forest in just 10 years. According to Sharma, it starts with the soil. His team mixes the perfect amount of soil with local biomass, then he harnesses the power of soil microbes to produce nutrients for plants.

For a direct link to Sharma’s TED Talk, click here.


Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate

Neuroscientist Greg Gage takes equipment used to study the brain and attaches is to the Mimosa Publica (a plant whose leaves close when touched) and the Venus Flytrap. His goal? To demonstrate how plants use electrical signals to convert information, move and even count.

Watch Gage’s TED Talk for his demonstration and explanation on how plants count and communicate, click here.


One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

Diversity within crops is a genetic resource that is crucial to the future of agriculture, and that diversity is crumbling. For example, in the 1800’s U.S. farmers and gardeners were growing 7,100 varieties of apples and today just 300 exist.

Biologist Cary Fowler banned together with the world’s scientists, organizations and governments to preserve samples of seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Bank located in Norway. At the time of the TED Talk, their seed bank held 425,000 unique crop varieties.

Watch Fowler’s video to learn more about why diversity is crucial to agriculture and how they are protecting the world’s crop varieties, click here

 

Want to keep digging into plant science? 

Download our Digging into Soil Science ebook to explore:

1. How the soil food web supports healthy plants

2. The power behind soil microbes

3. Soil types and how to improve the health of your soil

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What is Your Team's Catalyzing Statement?

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When John F. Kennedy became the U.S. President in 1961, he inherited a purpose - to beat the Soviets in the space race. At the time, Soviet’s Sputnik had beat U.S. satellite Explorer to space by a full year and the American people were eager to win the space race. However, JFK knew it wasn’t enough to simply have a purpose, he needed to make a statement so powerful it would inspire massive action. And so, on May 25, 1961, JFK stated (we are paraphrasing), “we will send a man to the moon and bring him home safely by the end of the 60’s.” To watch JFK's speech, click here.

JFK had created what entrepreneur, Rick Sapio identifies as a catalyzing statement - a meme that is willfully created to connect with your stakeholders so they help you achieve your desired outcome. Catalyzing statements are agents of change and they spread virally.

For example, Bill Gates' catalyzing statement was that he saw a computer on every desktop in America and the U.S. Founder Fathers created the catalyzing statement that all men are created equally.

Creating a catalyzing statement for your business or team will inspire your team and community to take action in your desired direction. What is your business' or team’s catalyzing statement?



Watch Rick’s TEDx Talk on Catalyzing Statements

If you are reading this blog via email, click here to watch Rick's TEDx Talk 


 

Attend Rick’s Bootcamp To Learn More

Holganix has teamed up with Rick Sapio’s Business Finishing School - one of the world’s leading business-growth, education companies, to provide education for entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses. On February 23, BFS is hosting a 3-day bootcamp in Dallas, Texas and because we believe in Rick’s program and the power it can provide to Holganix Community lawn care company owners, we are helping any Holganix user cover the cost of the event. In fact, Holganix will be covering $200 of your ticket price, using the code “Holganix” at registration.

Register for the Workshop


The Story of BFS

In the 41 years since he started his first business, Rick has learned that business growth and success are accelerated when a few key principles are applied. When Rick realized that less than 1% of companies implement these skills, he decided to create Business Finishing School (“BFS”). The BFS Program is designed to teach "The 12 Foundational Principles of Business,” which form the foundation of the program. He believes that virtually any individual or company can be put on the path to prosperity and exponential growth by learning to implement the BFS Program in their business or personal life.

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Fewer inputs and larger turf roots at Red Diamond Inc [VIDEO CASE STUDY]

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We sat down to interview Brandon Haley, Grounds Manager for Red Diamond, inc to understand how Holganix products has allowed him to build healthier roots which has led to reduced inputs and increased turf performance. Specifically, this conversation details his use of Holganix Bio 800+ - a plant probiotic that delivers increase plant resilience while relying on fewer chemicals and other inputs.

Either watch the video interview or read the notes at your leisure. If you are reading this blog via email, click here to access the video.

 

How has Holganix Bio 800+ helped cut down on water and irrigation usage?

Irrigation usage has been a focus at Red Diamond and Haley states that “we have cut back total gallons of water used for irrigation by over 75% in the last three years, and Holganix Bio 800+ has been a huge part of that.” Holganix Bio 800+ can help cut back on water and irrigation usage because it helps create stronger and deeper roots, this has allowed Red Diamond to go extra days without having to water. “Right now we are on a 5 day cycle for irrigation and the results have been amazing!”

 

At Red Diamond, what types of soil do you have?

“Our soils are heavy clay that need aerification to even put a shovel in the ground. But we have been able to get roots into that 8-10 inch zone despite the tough conditions!”

Haley even states that the course has one section where they got roots as far as 12 to 13 inches in the clay soils!

 

How did Holganix Bio 800+ help with your soil?

“This year we did a landscape renovation at my house and put down all Bermuda grass.  Like anyone else I did not want a huge water bill so I put down Holganix Bio 800+ after the sod was put down.”  He says that after only four days he could not rip the sod up- it had already rooted! “I could not have asked for anything better!” Haley stated.

 

What were your initial thoughts on the refrigeration of Holganix Bio 800+ ?

“It initially scared me.”  However, Haley states that now that he has the refrigeration unit installed he loves the accessibility and quality of the product.

“I have much more belief in a product that has been refrigerated than one that has been sitting in a warehouse.”

 

Now that you have used Holganix Bio 800+, will you ever plant without it?

“Any plant that goes in the ground is getting Holganix” Haley explains that they have tried many other methods and products but Holganix Bio 800+ has shown great results all around!

“My name is Brandon Haley and I believe in Holganix”

 

Article written by Leah O'Neill

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

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4 Tennessee Lawn Care Companies Discuss Holganix Products [VIDEO]

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No matter the product chosen, lawn and landscape company owners are raving about their experience with Holganix products. Last month, we released a blog featuring three video interviews from firms using the products in the field. It was such a hit that we decided to roll out another blog featuring four new video interviews. Read (and watch) their interviews below.

 

Brad Phillips – Brad Phillips Landscaping LLC

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Brad Phillips Landscaping LLC used Holganix Bloom on magnolias during this fall season. According to owner Brad Phillips, the Sweetbay Magnolias had been almost leafless for years and after using Bloom, they took off, “the saucer magnolias are so thick you can’t even see through them. I like Holganix a lot.”

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

 

Alex Moore – Michael Hatcher and Associates

Michael Hatcher and Associates started using Holganix Bio 800+ last year and experimented with their fescue sod and annuals. Today they have a RAD 330. Michael Hatcher and Associates reports that the product makes the fescue seed root and the flowers bloom. “We have incredible results and I highly recommend this product,” says Alex Moore of Michael Hatcher and Associates.

Watch his video for more information. If you’re reading this blog via email, click here to access Michael Hatcher and Associates’ video.

 

Gabriel and Roosevelt - Picture Perfect Lawn Care

“We just started using Holganix; we really like it a lot and feel like it’s going to build a better environment for everything,” explains Gabriel of Picture Perfect Lawn Care. “I love Holganix because we are putting living microbes back into the soil and that’s where it all begins,” says Roosevelt also of Picture Perfect. “That makes me happy and that makes my customers happy.”

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

 

Josh Bryan – UltraGreen Lawn Service

“We love Holganix because it has opened up a whole new market for us,” explains Josh Bryan of UltraGreen a lawn care company spanning Little Rock, Arkansas to Orlando, Florida to Nashville, Tennessee. According to Josh he is able to sell to people even if their lawn appears perfect because UltraGreen has the ability to provide the same results if not better using less harsh chemicals. “My customers love Holganix and we are seeing our business grow in leaps and bounds.”

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

 

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

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3 Ways Roots Enhance Turf Health

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In plant health, roots are often neglected. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind! Yet, roots are fundamentally key to plant health.

Root systems, which consist of one fourth to one third of a plant’s dry weight, are in charge of important functions for the plant. If a plant’s root systems are unhealthy, it can pose serious consequences for the plant.

In fact, according to Colorado State University, “Eighty percent of all plant disorders are soil/root problems.” That means we need to pause and give these plant segments the attention they deserve.

 

Why are root systems important?

Root systems are known to significantly affect the size and health of plants, their ability to adapt to different soils and their ability to respond to cultural practices (i.e. fertilization). According to Colorado State University, they are in charge of but not limited to carrying out the following functions:

 

1. Anchoring and supporting the plant

The plant becomes stable because of the roots, which safely hook the plant into the soil. Another thing to note is that the threat of soil erosion is lessened because of healthy root systems.

 

2. Absorbing and conducting water and nutrients through the plant

Nutrients and water enter the plant through the roots. In turf, this means a vast root system is key to tap into available nutrients and water within the soil. The better the roots can reach sources of nutrients and water, the less service providers need to apply additional resources.

 

3. Stress tolerance

When Mother Nature comes calling, plants with healthier root systems have the advantage over plants with weak root systems. This applies not only to weather conditions like a hot, dry summer, but also to pests and disease. In fact, healthy roots react faster to pesticides and fungicides than unhealthy root systems.

 

Looking to increase the health of your plants’ root system?

Some recommended practices include aeration and seeding and increasing the soil’s microbial activity with plant probiotics like Holganix Bio 800+. In fact, Holganix Bio 800+ contains several ingredients that influence root growth including: plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB), trichoderma fungi and more. 

To dive into best practices and additional information around the science of roots, download our free ebook: Turf Roots using the link below.

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Works Cited:

http://www.cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/132.html

http://www.virginiagardening.com/documents/RootsTurf.pdf

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5 Facts About The Organic Fertilizer Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Organic isn’t a fad – in fact, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) 82% of U.S. households buy organic with millennials representing the largest group of organic buyers in America. That may not seem like a large number to you, but consider that today 25% of millennials have families and that in 10-to-15 years, that number is expected to increase to 80%. Can you consider how these new families will affect the consumer market – whether it’s groceries, cleaning products or lawn care, buying organic matters to the millennial consumer.

When the OTA asked parents why they purchase organic produce over conventional, 30% of parents stated they purchase organic to avoid pesticides and fertilizers. That fact matters to organic farmers but it is also big news for today's lawn and landscape businesses. If parents are purchasing organic produce to avoid fertilizers and pesticides, that attitude translates to how they purchase lawn care services. 

Check out our infographic below for five key stats fertilizer users like you should know about the organic market.

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Market conditions aside, why else should you consider using an organic fertilizer program?

As stated above, market data suggests that consumers either prefer organic or are interested in organic products and services. Market conditions aside, there are several clear benefits to using an organic fertilizer or hybrid organic fertilizer program over a conventional fertilizer program.

Differentiate Your Business – Whether you offer produce, plants or lawn care services, you can differentiate your business from the competition by offering an organic option.

>>Click here to see how UltraGreen is growing their business by offering an organic-based lawn care service

Build Healthier Plants – Organic products often contain additional ingredients like microbe food, microbes and biostimulants. These additional ingredients promote plant development. For example, microbes convert nutrients locked in the soil and atmosphere to foster plant growth. Biostimulants increase the plant’s ability to uptake nutrients, also affecting growth.

>>Click here to learn about the power of soil microbes and how they influence plant health

Better For Soil Structure – Utilizing an organic fertilizer program often means you are infusing the soil with microbes and/or organic matter that will build soil structure. Soil is the foundation for plants – if you nurture plants in unhealthy soil conditions they are less likely to thrive than if you nurture them in healthy soil conditions.

>>Click here to explore the science behind soil health in our science ebook  

Better For The Environment – Fertilizer may runoff into our water ways, potentially depleting marine life or causing pollution to ground water.

>>Click here to learn more about fertilizer runoff

 

Do you want to go fully organic?

When you are looking at incorporating organics into your fertilizer program, you have to consider whether you want to go fully organic or with a hybrid organic program.

Regardless of the product you decide to implement, organics work more slowly than traditional chemical fertilizer products and it is important to set your customer’s expectation accordingly. Looking at a hybrid program allows you to combine the benefits of an organic with reduced amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. That means your customer can still expect the quick results of a traditional program while still maintaining the benefits of an organic one.

Holganix Bio 800+ products allow fertilizer users to reduce the amount of fertilizers and pesticides needed by 50 – 75% while still providing the results at par or better than a traditional chemical program. Bio 800+ products are plant probiotics that team with over 800 species of soil microbes that convert nutrients in the soil and atmosphere. Holganix Bio 800+ also boosts plant tolerance when faced with stressful conditions.

Watch our 1.5-minute video below on the benefits of Holganix Bio 800+ products than click here to explore different product options available.

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

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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 GrowinGreen'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 Hand Landscape'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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