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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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"How can you NOT say yes?" - Mark Tavares, Aquarius Supply

“I can’t believe I’m getting this kind of result!” is something Mark Tavares, Sales Representative for Aquarius Supply, a Holganix Distributor, hears frequently when discussing Holganix with lawn care companies. “By switching to a Hybrid organic lawn care program (50% chemicals, 50% Holganix), and marketing it as a company differentiator, I’ve had customers that have grown their customer base by 30% by switching to Holganix. At the end of the day, when you present the information clearly, the homeowner can’t say no. Utilizing a lawn care company that practices Holganix is a win-win-win for the homeowner, the lawn and the environment.”  

 

After receiving his associate degree in turf grass management from Virginia Tech, Mark went to work as a manager for a landscape company’s lawn fertilization division. Today, he’s utilizing his past experience in lawn care and his educational background to better serve Aquarius customers. “I love my job. I love being able to talk to people who share a passion for turf and I love educating people about sustainable practices and soil health.”

When it comes to organic based products, Mark has experimented with many. “From biosolids to milorganite, over the past eight years I’ve used every organic based product I can think of,” states Mark. “The key reason why I started looking at organics is because it builds a healthy soil, boosting active biology and ultimately a healthier plant.” However, the aspect that turned Mark on to Holganix specifically was when he compared it to other products on the market. Holganix has “all the ingredients in one jug - including the living microbes. That makes it a no brainer.”

How are the results? One of Mark’s favorite results has been the quick bounce back after a hot summer or cold winter. “The lawns just come out of dormancy faster.” He also reports that customers have seen better coloration and have reduced inputs on average by 50% for synthetic fertilizers and 30% for pesticides.

At the end of the day, Mark’s customers are loving their experience with Holganix. “It’s boosting soil and plant health, improving their lawn care business and reducing their environmental footprint. How can you not say yes?”

 

 

Tags: organic fertilizer products, organic lawn care products, soil health, lawn care, holganix reviews, organic lawn care, organic fertilizer, turf, holganix review, case studies, soil food web, Aquarius Turf Supply

Not all granular fertilizers are created equal?


Screen_Shot_2015-08-18_at_11.29.36_PMPlants have four basic food groups, which consist of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) nutrients, and also trace minerals like iron, boron, copper and zinc.
Just like in human health, it’s essential that the plant receives its food in the right balance. That’s where biosolid-based granular fertilizer steps in.

Biosolids are full of tasty nutrients like NPK, trace minerals and an extra heap of organic matter, which breaks down into food sources for soil microorganisms. However, just like with human health, your plant needs to take its probiotics.

That’s where probiotic, bionutritional granular fertilizer products step in. Just like biosolids, bionutritional products contain NPK, trace minerals and organic matter. However, unlike biosolids, bionutritional products are full of living microorganisms and other “vitamins” to boost the plant’s “immune system”.

Living microorganisms are essential to plant life, and many soils do not contain sufficient levels to support healthy plants. Biosolid-based fertilizers contain nutrients, but no living microorganisms. Therefore, they rely solely on soil’s existing biology levels to help plants uptake nutrients and fortify the plant’s natural defenses against disease and insects. 

Conversely, HolganixI Granular, a probiotic, bionutritional product created by infusing Holganix liquid onto various types of granules, containing substantial amounts of living microorganisms, as well as the nutrients plants crave.

The diverse, abundant biology in HolganixI Granular works symbiotically to deliver essential nutrients to plants so efficiently that inputs such as NPK and pesticides can be reduced up to 50%.

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Ready to combat drought?

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The infamous California drought, “now on its fouth year, has taken its toll on water supplies and a reduction of 25 percent is now mandated,” says Denne Goldstein, publisher of Irrigation and Green Industry Magazine.

And, in Texas, water restrictions resulted in hundreds of thousands of lost trees.

But California and Texas aren’t the only drought victims, “56 percent of the entire United States, from California to New England, is experiencing drought conditions and water-related challenges,” confirms Judith Guido, contributor for IGIN Magazine.

Lucky for you there is a weapon in your turf management kit to help you combat drought - Holganix.

In fact, Holganix can help in times of drought and extreme heat in three key ways: 1) stimulating uptake of nutrients and moisture, 2) providing natural wetting agents and 3) enhancing root growth.

 

1.    Stimulating uptake of nutrients and moisture

Mycorrhizae and kelp extract are two examples of ingredients within Holganix that stimulate uptake of nutrients and moisture by the plant, ultimately aiding in drought tolerance.

Mycorrhizae are fungi that live in direct symbiotic association with plant roots. In this symbiotic relationship, the plant excretes energy sources (sugars, amino acids and other plant acids) to the fungi (from the plant roots to the soil for uptake by the fungi).

The fungi use this energy to grow long mycelium (filaments) that extend well beyond the length and width of the plant roots. The mycelium transport water, minerals and nutrients to the roots. In this way, fungi facilitate the uptake of water and nutrients by plant roots.

This is a mutually beneficial relationship in that both the plant and the mycorrhizae receive benefits that they cannot receive independently.

During droughts the plant limits growth or stops growing altogether, ultimately reducing photosynthesis (the process that creates the sugars for the mycorrhizae). Thanks to evolution, the mycorrhizae have learned to minimize the droughts effects on the plant in these distinct ways:

  1.  By adding their own expansive network of mycelia, they are able to reach deeper into the soil for water and nutrients outside the reach of plant roots.

  2.  By helping the plant better seal up their pores/stomata, the plant conserves moisture. Instead of wilting in the drought, a well hydrated plant keeps stomata closed (the guard cells of the stomata swell). As a result, they close the open space that allows evaporation.

  3.  By increasing water pressure in plant tissue, mycorrhizae prevent or delay-wilting, which results in normal cell function and photosynthesis.

Kelp extract found in Holganix also boosts drought resistance.

Minerals and carbohydrates contained in Kelp extract are absorbed and utilized by microorganisms in the soil. Upon death of the microoganisms, minerals are released to the soil, stimulating plant and root growth. A healthy plant with a strong root system has the vigor necessary to support active uptake of water and nutrients.

 

2.    Natural Wetting Agent

Yucca extract is another important tool against drought that is contained in Holganix. Yucca acts as a natural spreader sticker, wetting agent and soil conditioner.

What does that mean?

Spreader stickers and wetting agents help coverage of product on the plant and slow moisture loss. Similarly, wetting agents help reduce surface tension, allowing product to cover the plant so active ingredients can better penetrate the plant tissue.

Additionally, Yucca extract (acting as a soil conditioner) has the ability to help soils hold water.

These unique functions of yucca extract in Holganix each aid in drought tolerance by keeping moisture in the plant and soil, and by allowing for other products and ingredients to better penetrate plant tissue.

 

3.   Enhanced Root Growth

By having deeper, more web-like root systems, plants are better able to reach into the soil and take up moisture and nutrients. Tricoderma spp., is an ingredient in Holganix that enhances root and plant growth. Additionally, as discussed previously, mycorrhizae (found in Holganix) can also help expand the reach of plant roots.

Together, Trichoderma spp. and mycorrhizae contribute to a denser and longer root mass that is more efficient in obtaining the water and nutrients plants need.

Soil Science

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The Science Behind Holganix: 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 ever lived on earth. There will also be more biological diversity than in an entire African Savannah. Soil is full of life! Watch this TEDx video and see what soil looks like from the perspective of a microorganism. 

 

Register for the webinar: Digging into the soil food web

Tags: organic fertilizer products, soil, the science behind holganix, bionutrition, organic fertilizer, soil food web, soil microorganism

Conducting Tree and Shrub Estimates: When and How?

Aren’t sure how to conduct a tree and shrub estimate for current clients? Don’t worry-we’ve got your back! Here are three options to help you provide tree and shrub estimates/pricing. Once you’ve selected the best estimating system for your business, be sure to differentiate your quote from the competition by noting that your company utilizes Holganix, a 100% organic, probiotic solution to plant care.

1. The first estimating system utilizes a simple block pricing method. In other words, if a customer is paying between $200 and $300 per year for lawn applications, they would be charged $x for their tree and shrub applications, etc. 

2. The second option is to provide quotes for customers based on two metrics: a truck stop/visit and a time fee (labor and material used). Each time your truck stops at a house, it costs you about $45 to $60 depending on your region.

3. The third option is to base pricing off of a point system that coincides with the size of your customer’s trees and shrubs. Just have your technicians tally up the points to decide what price point to offer. Each price point equals a set dollar value you decide based on current costs. They can conduct estimates while doing lawn applications or on a rainy day when applications aren’t possible. Use the below chart as a pricing guide. You can download the chart here.Screen_Shot_2015-05-18_at_5.08.42_PM

Register: Growing Your Company Through Tree & Shrub Applications

Tags: organic fertilizer products, bionutrition, organic fertilizer, Tree and Shrub care, Holganix tree and shrub, tree care, shrub care, lawn care prepay latters, tree estimates

Holganix Case Studies: Truly "Green" at Manada Golf Club

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

Manada Golf Club is a 19-hole, 6,700-yard, par 72, public golf course that was originally designed by David Gordon in 1964. It has also hosted the USGA Public Link Qualifier.

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. 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 would have on his turf. “I applied Holganix 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 (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 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 liquid program (with synthetic inputs), the center acted as a control with his normal fertility program and the third section featured Holganix granular.

“Holganix liquid 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. “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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What’s the difference between synthetic fertilizer, organic fertilizer and soil amendments?

There’s a lot of new terminology in the turf industry and definitions can be sketchy and downright confusing. So, what’s the difference between synthetic fertilizers, organic fertilizers and soil amendments?

At the end of the day, the key difference lies in the way the tool affects the plant. Synthetic fertilizers affect plant growth directly while soil amendments affect the plant indirectly (think soil structure and water infiltration). However, organic fertilizers can either directly affect plant growth or can be classified as a soil amendment and therefore affect the plant indirectly.

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Synthetic Fertilizers

According to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, “synthetic fertilizers are chemically manufactured materials containing one or more of the primary nutrients necessary for plant growth: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.” Government regulations may limit the use of synthetic fertilizers by turf professionals (golf course superintendents, lawn care companies and sports turf field managers).

 

Soil Amendments

On the other hand, soil amendments “modify the soil structure as they decompose, allowing it to absorb and retain water and nutrients more efficiently”. Soil amendments are usually derived by natural materials but in some instances can contain chemically manufactured products (think Gypsum). Government regulations don’t limit the use of soil amendments by turf professionals because they do not contain nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium.

 

Organic Fertilizers

So where do organic fertilizers lie? Organic fertilizers can affect plant growth directly if they contain “significant quantities of one or more of the primary nutrients necessary for plant growth: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.” However, in the case of organic fertilizer, nutrients are naturally occurring. Utilizing manure based products are an example of organic fertilizers that directly affect plant growth. However, organic fertilizers can also affect the plant indirectly and therefore be considered soil amendments. One thing to keep in mind is that when organic fertilizers contain any NPK, government regulations restrict their use by turf professionals.

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Are there limitations to using organic fertilizers?

So you’re considering using an organic fertilizer in your turf health program? Excellent! There are a lot of wonderful things that an organic fertilizer can do for the health of your plants: including balancing the soil ecosystem and boosting plant health naturally. By going organic you can better deal with government regulations and you’re also able to market your organization to constituents that you’re going organic. However, what are the disadvantages?

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The biggest disadvantage to utilizing an organic fertilizer is whether or not it contains any primary nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Manure based fertilizers contain nutrients and are still considered organic, but many other organic fertilizers don’t contain significant quantities (organic fertilizers that don't contain NPK are classified as soil amendments). Because NPK directly affects plant growth by feeding the plant, results are typically fast. However, if a product doesn’t contain any NPK and is otherwise classified as a soil amendment, it affects plant growth indirectly. With soil amendments you’re affecting the soil structure, allowing the plant to absorb and retain water and nutrients more efficiently but aren’t directly feeding the plant. Instead, you’re relying on either the beneficial microorganisms already present in the soil or those present in the product, to convert nitrogen and feed the plant.

For a turf professional, using organic fertilizers without NPK could mean slower results. While results will come, your constituents are used to that immediate pop of green color expected in a lawn (okay not immediate, but you get the idea!). Therefore, if you’re considering using organic fertilizers that don’t contain naturally occurring NPK, look into a hybrid program. A hybrid turf care program contains small doses of synthetic fertilizers in conjunction with organic fertilizers. In this way, you’re getting the immediate results you expect while still getting all the benefits by using organic fertilizers. 

P.S. Above zinnia was treated with Holganix Bloom - West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Have you caught Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix Fever?

We have released our latest technological development: Healthy Grow Infused with Holganix . It combines the beneficial, living biology aspect of Holganix with the might of a high quality, carbon filled, organic poultry manure. Together, they do wonderful things for the turf and plants! Watch the video below for more information on this exciting new product that has everyone talking!

Tags: organic fertilizer products, lawn care, the science behind holganix, bionutrition, organic lawn care, organic fertilizer, turf, organic golf, golf, soil food web, healthy grow