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Holganix Bio 800+ is an organic plant probiotic that harness the power of over 800 species of soil microbes to optimize soils and grow healthier, more sustainable plants. But, there are a lot of ways Holganix grows healthier turf and plants! Here are our top seven favorite ways Holganix Bio 800+ GROWS healthier turf and plants.
1. Holganix Bio 800+ Balances the Soil Food Web
The Soil Food Web is the circle of life within the soil. The big “Bugs” eat the smaller “Bugs,” and those smaller “Bugs” eat even tinier “Bugs.”
When the soil food web is in balance, soil microbes go to work breaking down nutrients within the soil, fortifying plant health and stimulating plant growth.
The soil microbes in Holganix Bio 800+ increase the diversity and population counts within the soil food web. If a certain segment or species within the soil food web is weak, adding microbes from Holganix Bio 800+ will help strengthen that segment.
Photo above from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/soils/health/biology/?cid=nrcs142p2_053868
2. Holganix Bio 800+ Builds Strong Roots
Houses have foundations that support the entire structure.
Plants and turf do too! The roots act as the foundation that supports a healthier overall plant.
When your plants have strong root systems, they are better able to withstand environmental stresses from disease, insects, traffic and weather. A stronger root system with long roots is also able to more effectively mine for nutrients, minerals and moisture within the soil.
Holganix Bio 800+contains several ingredients that influence root growth, including:
Humic and Fulvic Acids
Are users seeing good rooting with Holganix Bio 800+? Most of our customers see a considerable improvement in rooting. Check out the roots submitted on social media above to see some of results.
3. Holganix Bio 800+ Reduces Inputs
When using Holganix Bio 800+, you increase the effectiveness of synthetic inputs like fertilizers and pesticides, allowing you to reduce inputs. That means when you use Holganix Bio 800+, you’re using a greener product that differentiates you from your competitors.
How much can you reduce your inputs? Check out our compatibility list here for rate reductions and recommended components to use with Holganix Bio 800+.
4. Holganix Bio 800+ Increases Water Efficiency
When your plants need less water, you can cut back on irrigation and help survive tough weather conditions like droughts and summer heat. Holganix Bio 800+ isn’t a drought cure-all, but it can help your plants go into dormancy later and come out of dormancy stronger!
Holganix Bio 800+ affects water efficiency in four ways:
Allows roots to mine for nutrients
Provides access to water that roots can’t reach alone
Acts as a soil conditioner and wetting agent
One of our favorite stories regarding water reduction is Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training field for the Baltimore Orioles. Check out their story here.
5. Holganix Bio 800+ Increases Stress Tolerance
Because Holganix Bio 800+ builds stronger roots, your plants are better able to defend against environmental stresses and more easily recover when attacked by disease, insects and weather.
Holganix Bio 800+ also contains microbes that eat pathogenic microbes and release antibiotics in the soil that defend the plant from harm.
Check out Manada Golf Course in PA, then read their case study here.
6. Holganix Bio 800+ Increases Seed Germination
Thinking about doing a little overseeding? Holganix Bio 800+ can help with that! Customers that apply HolganixBio 800+ during seeding see an increase in seed germination rates.
Can you guess which pot was treated with Holganix Bio 800+? This test was conducted by Sam Whitehouse of Whitehouse Lawn and Landscape in PA.
Seven Holganix Bio 800+ ingredients enhance seed germination. These seven ingredients are:
Humic and Fulvic Acids
7. Holganix Bio 800+ Reduces Transplant Shock
Holganix Bio 800+ reduces transplant shock by mending a disrupted soil food web, making the plant’s new environment a happy and healthy one! It also builds strong roots so the new plant can better “root” into its new home. And because of specific soil microbes contained in the product, Holganix Bio 800+ increases stress tolerance so your plant is better able to handle the stress of moving into its new home.
Want to Learn More?
Learn more about the seven ways Holganix Bio 800+ grows healthy plants by watching our webinar featuring Holganix’s Director of Plant and Soil Science, Dr. Neidermyer. Then, download our soil food web ebook to learn about the importance of soil health.