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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 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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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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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.”

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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: https://www.slideshare.net/KaitlynErsek/top-5-things-to-know-about-armament-technology 

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Top 5 Plant and Soil Science TED Talks

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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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Using Native Plants: Better for the Environment and the Wallet

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Today’s sustainable landscapes don’t just refer to the fertilizers and pesticides we use to treat our landscapes; it begins with selecting the right plants for your clients’ landscapes. By choosing native plants as opposed to alien ones, you’ll be contributing to your clients’ sustainable footprint, supporting local wildlife and saving your clients’ time and money.

Why should your landscape company incorporate native plants and how can you get started?

 

Growing consumer demand.

Consumers understand the environmental and economic benefits of using native plants. According to a 2016 survey by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, 85% of landscape respondents say they are being asked to specify if they are using native plants.

 

Reduce inputs like fertilizers, pesticides and water.

When designing and installing a new landscape, consider using native plants to cut down on the cost and environmental issues surrounding the use of non-native plants. Native plants are already adapted to your local soil ecosystems and weather patterns. That means they often require less maintenance and less inputs like fertilizer, pesticides and water. That’s great for your customers’ pocket book, saves your customers’ time that may have been committed to maintaining the property and it’s great for the environment.

 

Support pollinators and local wildlife.

Native plants attract native wildlife and pollinators like butterflies and bees by providing diverse habitats and food sources. They provide nectar for pollinators, seeds, fruits and nuts for other forms of wildlife, and shelter for mammals. In essence, native plants increase the biodiversity of your local environment.

 

What native plants should you incorporate in your clients’ landscapes?

There are numerous online and offline resources to tap in order to help select the appropriate native plant for your clients’ landscapes. Here are just a few of our favorite resources:

1. Audubon Society – The Audubon Society is a conservation organization focused on protecting birds. Their online database of native plants is segmented by trees, shrubs, annuals/perennials, vines, grasses and others. Each plant listed is tagged to specific bird populations that those plants help to support. https://www.audubon.org/native-plants

2. Master Gardener – Tap into your region’s Master Gardener program for help and advice on local plants, sustainable practices and more. Master Gardener Programs are often tied to your local university.

3. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – A University of Texas offshoot, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s mission is to inspire the conservation of native plants. As part of delivering that message, they’ve designed a North America Native Flower database containing files on 8,614 native plants that can be segmented by sun/shade preferences and height and bloom characteristics like color and timing. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/

4. Local Nursery – Ask your local nursery, greenhouse or plant whole seller for ideas on native plants. As local experts, they’ll have a plethora of information available to you.

 

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