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Shrubbery Specialist: Stronger Plants; Fewer Chemicals Needed [INFOGRAPHIC]

“Mike and I met over a bed of azaleas,” explains Stephanie Whitehead referring to her husband and co-founder of the Shrubbery Specialist in Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead have been in business together since 1995, dedicating their careers to caring for trees, shrubs and ornamentals at some of Huntsville’s most beautiful estates and neighborhoods. They oversee 300 properties and in many cases, they have been taking care of the same plants for 20 to 25 years.

One year earlier, the Whiteheads started using Holganix Tree & Shrub – a Bio 800+ product teeming with over 800 species of beneficial soil microbes. According to the Whiteheads, they have seen increased flower production, improved plant strength and a dramatic reduction in the need for chemical inputs including fertilizers, fungicides and insecticides.

To learn more about the results Stephanie and Mike Whitehead experienced with Holganix Tree & Shrub, check out our infographic and read our interview with Stephanie below.

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Holganix: How did you hear about Holganix Tree & Shrub and why did you decide to try it?

Stephanie: I was attending a two-day educational seminar for pesticide credits when a student started telling the class about his experience using Holganix products. He said he was able to reduce a lot of his chemical inputs like fertilizers and pesticides. I was incredibly skeptical but also intrigued and my husband Mike and I began pouring over the research. It sounded too good to be true, but we hoped that this would be our way of distancing ourselves and our customers from harsh chemicals.


Holganix: What results have you seen so far?

Stephanie: We put the product through the ringer! We decided to use Holganix Tree & Shrub as a stand-alone product and only treat with fungicides, insecticides and other products if we saw any problems occur. Surprisingly, our chemical inputs on several types of trees and shrubs dramatically decreased compared to previous years.


Holganix: What results did you see on roses?

Stephanie: We care for several rose gardens, some of which have been part of our portfolio for several years. This year the roses in our portfolio were healthier than in years past, and issues with disease and pests we dramatically reduced. In addition, the roses were 25 to 30% larger than in previous years and only started do drop leaves in November while the neighboring rose gardens lost leaves long before.

Check out some of the images below featuring some of the roses, boxwoods, petunias and other plants we care for.  



Holganix: What results have you seen on boxwoods?

Boxwoods are known as man’s earliest garden ornamental and were first planted in ancient Egypt as early as 4,000 BC. A new disease in the USA, boxwood blight, was first sited in the USA in Connecticut in 2011. Since then, this destructive disease caused by a fungus, has spread to Alabama

Stephanie: We care for a lot of boxwoods, some of which exceed 200 years old. Many boxwoods in our area have been struck by blight. Our goal is to keep the boxwoods as healthy as possible and to keep the blight from spreading to other boxwoods; Holganix Tree & Shrub has been a tool to help us do that. By boosting the plants’ strength and improving the soil health, Holganix Tree & Shrub has kept the boxwood at peak performance and has helped them resist the blight.


How has Holganix changed the way you care for plants?

Stephanie: Holganix has really changed the way we make our living, how we eat and how we care for our clients’ properties as well as our own. I don’t have to worry about harming animals or pollinators. We can use Holganix Tree & Shrub without fear. To sum it up, we are passionate about Holganix and after the thorough testing we conducted on the product; we know it’s awesome.


Want to learn more about Holganix Tree & Shrub? Attend our webinar!

Is your company currently providing plant health care services or do you install plant material? Are you looking to ensure that your plants don't just survive, but thrive? Than register for our upcoming webinar on building stronger trees, shrubs and flowers through the use of Holganix products. The webinar is scheduled for May 22 and features a conversation between Holganix horticulturist, Ed Karpyn and Holganix Sales Manager, Rob McCoy.
In the presentation we will cover the following topics:
  • How Holganix products help contractors create thriving plants
  • Results from contractors using Holganix products in the field
  • How do you use the products with trees, shrubs and flowers
  • Open Q&A between the hosts and the audience

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[VIDEO] Lawn and Landscape Companies Discuss Holganix Products


Lawn and landscape company owners are raving about their experience with Holganix Bio 800+ products. Designed to build plant strength and reduce the need for chemical inputs, Holganix Bio 800+ products are teeming with over 800 species of soil microbes, among other ingredients.

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 as they discuss how they use three core Holganix Bio 800products: Holganix LawnHolganix Bloom and Holganix Tree & Shrub. If you are reading this video via email, click here to access the videos.

New South Lawn & Landscape - Charlotte, NC 

“I’ve been using Holganix Lawn for three seasons now,” says Will Dixon from New South Lawn and Landscape in Charlotte, NC. According to Will, the biggest result he has seen is reductions in chemical inputs. “We’ve reduced down to 60%,” states Will. “We’ve had a great experience with [Holganix Lawn].”

Holganix Lawn is often used by contractors as part of a Soil Smart fertilizer program, designed to reduce the use of chemicals and provide predictable green, weed-free results. Holganix Lawn increases rooting, reduces the need for chemical inputs like fertilizer and herbicides and increases plant resilience during stressful conditions. Holganix Lawn is part of the Bio 800family of products.

Download your region’s Soil Smart Program, containing Holganix Lawn, here.

Summers Maintenance - Augusta, GA

Summers Maintenance has been using Holganix Bloom for two years and reports that their flowers are the “biggest and most robust they have ever seen”. According to owner Kevin Summers, Bloom is increasing plant strength and that has led to lower pest pressure. “The healthier the plant, the less the pest wants to mess with it,” explains Kevin. “Truly, if you want to give your flowers a giant boom, I would definitely use [Holganix Bloom].”

Holganix Bloom is part of the Bio 800+ family of products and is designed to build stronger, more colorful flowers. Contractors often use Holganix Bloom when installing new plant material to help the plant take root and thrive in its new habitat.

SummYou can learn more about Holganix Bloom here.


Matthew Ward Landscapes - Summerville, SC 

According to Adam from Matthew Ward Landscapes, “we love using Holganix Tree & Shrub because of what it does to the soil.”  According to Adam, Summerville, South Carolina has poor clay soils and by adding the biology from Holganix Tree & Shrub to the soils, he is able to improve those conditions which improves plant performance.

Holganix Tree & Shrub is part of the Bio 800+ family of products and is designed to improve vigor in ornamentals, reduce the need for chemical inputs and increase the plant’s resilience to stressful conditions. Holganix Tree & Shrub is often used during installs and during maintenance applications.

You can learn more about Holganix Tree and Shrub here.

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Holganix Case Studies: Gearing Up For The Lawn Care Season

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With the lawn care season just around the corner, UltraGreen Lawn Care based out of Little Rock, Arkansas and Michael Hatcher & Associates based out of Olive Branch, Mississippi are gearing and making sure that Holganix products are part of their program. Watch their videos below to learn why they consider Holganix product to be such an influential piece of their lawn care fertilization program. If you are reading this blog via email, click here to have access to the videos.

UltraGreen Lawn Care

Co-Founders Caleb Ault and Josh Bryan started UltraGreen Lawn Care in 2012 after working for a national lawn care company in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. Three years ago, they brought on Holganix products to help them achieve their agronomic goals, but they also have utilized the products as a marketing and sales tool to better communicate what makes UltraGreen unique. Watch the video below for their full story.


Michael Hatcher & Associates

Michael Hatcher & Associates is a full lawn and landscape service company based out of the Memphis, Tennessee area. They’ve been using Holganix Bio 800+ during plant and sod installations in addition to using it in their lawn fertilization program. Watch their video below to hear a snippet from Joey at Michael Hatcher & Associates.


Download Your Soil Smart Program and Begin Using Holganix Products

Interested in using Holganix products but not sure how to fit them into a lawn fertilization program? Download a copy of your region’s Soil Smart Program - a turnkey lawn fertilization program containing all the inputs needed in order to achieve a green, weed-free lawn.


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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]


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%.

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


“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! 

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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


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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Holganix Case Study: "Rebuilding Biological Conditions in the Urban Landscape"

Dane Manobianco isn’t new to the world of biological products in landscape management. He’s been working with biological programs for over 8 years and has specifically been using Holganix Bio 800+ for 5 years as a team member at Dahlman’s Landscape Management in Bradenton, Florida.

Holganix Bio 800+ is a 100% organic plant probiotic that harnesses the power of over 800 species of soil microbes to build stronger, more resilient plants that require up to 75% less fertilizer and pesticides.

According to Dane, “I’m a firm believer in rebuilding biological conditions in the urban landscape. We are delivering the ability to actually boost [plant health] and provide real value.”

Dane likes to compare the use of Holganix Bio 800+ on plants as being similar to properly raising a child. When you use synthetic products, it’s like “a child drinking energy drinks and eating fast food all the time.” But, when you use biological products, it’s like raising a child and you “feed the child properly… provide the right amount of sleep and help it stay active,” he states.

With Bio 800+, “we are providing a healthy environment to have a stronger landscape and you’re seeing less [problems] because the plant is stronger and can heal itself,” Dane says.

Watch our video below to learn more about the results Dane is seeing with Holganix Bio 800+. 


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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.”

“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.”

How can Holganix Bio 800help you reduce the need for fungicides? Holganix Bio 800+ products build functioning soils that result in resilient turf with deeper, thicker root systems. In fact, by having more resilient plants with a better root system, these plants are better able deal with the stresses caused by disease. The result is that you can often reduce the need for certain fungicides.

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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