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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 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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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! 

Tags: soil microbes, holganix reviews, holganix review, greenhouse

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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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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Manada Golf Club sees improved rooting and less disease

“Across the board, the color, thickness and depth of my roots were better when applying Holganix Golf. It gave my turf roots a more developed, web like root system.” Says Barry Ehrhart superintendent of Manada Golf Club in Harrisburg, PA.

In January 2014, Ehrhart and the general manager of the Manada were on a quest to discover a more environmentally sound and sustainable solution for the course. They felt that by incorporating organic golf products into the course’s program, they could advertise to golfers that their course was truly “Green”.

At a winter seminar at Genesis Turfgrass, Ehrhart discovered Holganix Golf. He was instantly intrigued by the sustainable element, but was sold on the idea that by developing healthier plants, they’d be able to use fewer pesticides.

When Ehrhart started utilizing Holgnaix, he developed specific case studies to examine the results Holganix Golf would have on his turf. “I applied Holganix Golf in the worst area of my golf course,” admits Ehrhart. One of those locations was along a golf green that came up to a wooded area on the course. “It was an area with high disease pressure and the roots were maybe a half an inch.”

After three applications of Holganix Golf (totaling 35 ounces per 1,000 square feet), Ehrhart examined the turf. Right away he could see that his disease suppression had significantly improved when using Holganix Golf in conjunction with fungicides.

When he pulled a core sample to look at the roots, he was similarly blow away. “I had 5 inch roots!”

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In the second case study Ehrhart examined Holanix’s affect on his worst performing tees. “We did a core sample before applying Holganix and there were no roots what-so-ever.” Ehrhart then divided his tee into 3 sections: the first featured his Holganix Golf (with synthetic inputs), the center acted as a control with his normal fertility program and the third section featured Holganix granular.

“Holganix Golf was the clear winner in terms of performance. The roots on that tee were .5 - .75 inches in length. That’s a big success for me.” Ehrhart also says it helped with disease suppression.

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“Ehrhart has used plenty of other high end, expensive products on his hard hit areas,” says Paul Wickey, Barry’s sales representative from Genesis Turfgrass. “But Holganix did make a big impact. That’s just a testament for Holganix and how well it works on the golf course.

Over all, playability has increased at Manada due to Holganix Golf. “This is especially true in my traditionally, worse performing areas”, says Ehrhart.

He’s also excited to say that he’s achieved his goal of making his course more sustainable. To date, he’s been able to reduce pesticide use by 25% - 30%. 

“Ultimately,” says Ehrhart, “with Holganix, I’ve accomplished exactly what I set out to do: provide a more sustainable golf course for golfers and boost plant health in remarkable ways.”

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

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Benerget Greenhouses: Vivacious Poinsettias with 30% Less Fungicides

“We’ve tried some similar products to Holganix Bloom, but they’ve never really responded or stayed in the market long,” explains Denny Benerget, owner of Benerget Greenhouses.

“When it comes to snake oil, I’ve seen it all!” With 40 years in the business, and a family ancestry spanning five generations of growers (stretching back to Germany – before the family came to the States), it’s safe to say that Denny truly has seen it all. “Unlike those snake oil products, Holganix Bloom really does work!” 

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Benerget Greenhouses features 60,000 square feet of greenhouse space used to grow flowers. Denny typically sells plants wholesale and retail with a focus on delivering to organizations like churches.

“We deliver products that no one else has or better than anyone else. We also strive on service and deliver plants when the customer wants it and where. That’s part of what makes Benerget so special.”

 

Reducing nitrogen fertilizers by 10 - 15%

Denny has been using Holganix Bloom as a compliment to his fertilizer program on poinsettias.

“Bloom makes the fertilizer work better,” explains Denny. “That’s why we can use less of it.” So far, Denny has decreased nitrogen fertilizers by 10-15%.

Now that he feels comfortable with the product, he plans to further explore nitrogen reductions.

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Left plant treated with Denny's usual program, right treated with Holganix Bloom. Please note that the ruler is propped up against the plant and that the reading is skewed.

 

Reducing fungicides by 30%

“One of the big things we’ve noticed is that we’ve used less fungicides with Bloom. In fact, we’ve used less fungicides than ever before.” So far, Denny has cut fungicides by 30%. Keep in mind, that poinsettias require heavy doses of preventative fungicides because of their tricky growing season which features shortened growing days in the fall and winter.

Part of the reason why Denny can use fewer fungicides is due to root development. “We monitored root development heavily,” explains Denny. Poinsettias are prone to root disease, especially early in the plant’s development.

 

Improving the developmental state of the plant

At the end of the day, Holganix Bloom has improved the developmental state of the plant. That means the plant both matures earlier and stays in peak conditions longer.

It’s crucial for poinsettias to be as developed as possible before the Holiday season. Because the plant is matured,

Holganix places me in a better position to sell something lush.” 

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

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UltraGreen: Less disease pressure, healthier lawns and growing their business

When Caleb Ault and Josh Bryan, owners of UltraGreen, first heard about Holganix, they were standoffish. Holganix sounded expensive and they were already incorporating some organic solutions in their lawn fertilization program; why look at other products?

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Caleb and Josh started UltraGreen in 2012. “We started with a pick-up truck, a spreader and a 4-gallon backpack sprayer,” explains Caleb.

Since founding UltraGreen, the two entrepreneurs quickly grew the business and it now operates in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida. Growing their business is important to them, and for Caleb and Josh, Holganix is a tool to help them meet that goal.

After using Holganix for nearly 1 year, Caleb and Josh report that Holganix has helped them increase their lawn care results, save money, and grow their business!

 

What are three of the key results Caleb and Josh report when using Holganix?

  1. Less disease pressure: “We’ve seen about 50% less disease pressure than in previous years when using Holganix alongside reduced amounts of fungicides,” reports Caleb. Specifically, UltraGreen clients have seen less large patch disease – a common plague in their region.

  2. Greener, healthier lawns: Caleb and Josh have heard reports that their lawns have stayed greener longer. The turf also appears thicker.

  3. It’s all about the money: According to Josh, “We’ve seen a 15-20% savings in material cost.” UltraGreen has also experienced less callbacks because of an overall increase in turf health.

 

Want to learn more about UltraGreen and their Holganix experience?

Watch the interview below to hear Caleb and Josh discuss:

  1. Results seen with Holganix

  2. How Holganix has helped them grow their business

  3. Marketing and sales strategies they have used to grow their business

 

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

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The Proof is in the Green - By Brian Smyth, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply

We are extremely grateful to Brian Smyth, Branch Manager from Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply for writing the below story featuring a Holganix success story in Oklahoma.

 

The Proof is in the Green

By Brian Smyth

Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply Branch Manager

Norman, OK

  

I had a customer come to me a couple of months ago with a dilemma. They were installing a sprinkler system at a car dealership and the opening day was quickly approaching and they had an area of sod right up next to the show room windows where they plan to park cars that are to be on display. They decided to use sub surface drip to irrigate the grass so as to not spray the windows or cars but were concerned how the grass was going to grow and be healthy on a compacted sand base.

I suggested Holganix Lawn.

There were two areas of sod laid, by the showroom and the opposite end of the parking lot. They used Holganix on the area by the showroom, but did not use Holganix on the other.

As you can see in the pictures, it is obvious which area had a Holganix application and which one did not.

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The sod was laid about a month ago with Holganix applied 2 weeks later and the pictures taken 2 weeks after that. We could not pull back the sod where Holganix was applied as the roots were already established, but we could pull it up in the other area. The customer could not be happier. 

Based on this success, he is looking at using Holganix Lawn in their holding nursery at their shop.

I told this story to another customer that was installing irrigation and landscaping on a new hotel and he plans on using Holganix Lawn on the newly laid sod as well.

I have follow-up meetings with both customers and our Holganix rep Shane Dougherty next month to discuss these 2 jobs, their successes and possibly adding Holganix to both of their spraying programs.

 

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

Tags: lawn care, holganix reviews, ewing irrigation and landscape