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Holganix "Roots" For Row Crops [InfoGraphic]

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There’s a reason why our tagline at Holganix is “Root Stimulating, Soil Nourishing”! Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture harnesses the power of soil microbes to build healthy soils and healthy root growth. Healthy root growth leads to stronger, more productive crops that yield better results! 

In this blog, we dive into (1) recent winners of our Holganix Roots For You competition to discover the best Holganix-grown crop roots and (2) two ways Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture stimulates root growth.


Holganix Roots For You Winners

Check out our infographic below showing off eight photos submitted by Holganix farmers. Each farmer applied Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture at a rate of 0.5 gallons per acre at or as close to planting as possible. 

Holganix Roots For You Infographic


2 Ways Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture Builds Root Development

1. Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria - Holganix Bio 800+ contains Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria (PGPB) that occupy the rhizosphere (root zone) of the plant and have the ability to promote plant growth and plant defense. 

>>Learn more about Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria

2. Endo and Ecto Mycorrhizae - Holganix Bio 800+ contains Endo and Ecto Mycorrhizae is a beneficial soil fungus that works in conjunction with plant roots. The fungi and the plant roots form a mutualistic relationship whereby the plant produces sugars through photosynthesis and exudes them out of the roots for mycorrhizae and other beneficial soil microbes to consume. In turn, the mycorrhizae bring water and nutrients to the roots from distances the root cannot reach.

>>Learn more about Mycorrhizae

Dig Into The Data: University And Commercial Grower Trials
Over the past four years, we have been compiling data on several different crops in different geographic zones to deepen our understanding of how Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture can help farmers maximize crops. Click the button below to access a sample from our 2017 and 2018 collection.

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Holganix Case Study: Reducing Sod Harvest Time By 40%

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When I sat down with Mike Braddell, Farm Operations Manager at Lakeside Sod Supply Co in Buffalo, New York, he proceeded to tell me about how Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn has helped him produce a better sod crop and reach harvest more quickly, all while improving his soil health. Mike has been using the product for the past three years on his Bentgrass and Bluegrass. His company also distributes the product to local lawn and landscape companies in the Buffalo region.

Below is a summary of his results while using Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn. For a full description of his results, watch the 27-minute video at the bottom featuring a conversation between Mike, Holganix Sales Manager, Rob McCoy and Holganix Director of Plant and Soil Science, Dr. Robert Neidermyer.

Reducing harvest time by an average of 44%

Lakeside Sod Supply Co reports a 43% reduction in the time to harvest on bentgrass and a 45% reduction in the time to harvest on Bluegrass. On the bentgrass, they applied Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn at 10 ounces per 1,000 square feet 3 times throughout the growing season, starting with seeding. On Bluegrass, four applications were made, also starting with seeding.

“Like most sod farms, there comes a time when you need to push your sod to get to harvest faster,” explains Mike. He originally started looking at Holganix products to (1) increase the harvest time and (2) build their soil health to invest in the long-term health of the farm.

Recently, Mike had the opportunity to push his harvest goals to the maximum due to surprise orders placed by two golf courses. “We planted the bentgrass that they needed labor day weekend and by the following April we were harvesting. It was because of the Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn that we were able to harvest faster.”

Using Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn at Seeding

“We apply Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn at 10 ounces per 1,000 square feet at seeding,” explains Mike. “We do get better germination and more consistent germination. It’s not that the speed of germination jumps out of the ground, but it is more uninformed and helps the turf start out right.”   


Reducing Fungicides and Herbicides

“I pull back on our herbicides especially on my bentgrass and I still get really good results,” reports Mike. “I also have some reduction in our fungicides on both turf types and we are seeing really good results with rust and dollar spot.”

Dig in Deeper; Watch The Video

To learn more about Mike’s Holganix experience, including information on his fertilizer program, watch the 27-minute video interview below. It also includes scientific explanations of each result by Holganix Director of Plant and Soil Science, Dr. Robert Neidermyer. If you are reading this blog via email, click here to access the video.


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Holganix Case Studies: "Our close ratio doubled to 50+%"

“I first started pulling a hose when I was 17 years old,” says David Underwood, Holganix representative to the Mid-East. “My dad was in the growing industry, so plants were a part of my life since childhood.”

When we first found David, he was the marketing and advertising director of Secure Turf – one of Holganix’s first customers (actually the second!). “I was open to alternative methods to lawn fertilization and I liked trying new things. I was the perfect candidate to be an early Holganix adopter.”

holganix reviewDavid was excited to try Holganix. He saw Holganix as a creative way to differentiate Secure Turf from the competition. “I knew I could sell this stuff. I knew that it could differentiate us and take us to the next level.” But David ran into a couple problems early on in his Holganix experience.

“We started Holganix… but we didn’t follow the instructions and as a result, the product didn’t perform up to par. We learned our lesson.” Once David put the program back into shape, he started seeing results. “One of the first things we noticed was consistent health and coloration of the turf. When we used traditional methods, we were yo-yoing or bouncing from one extreme of color to the next. That didn’t happen with Holganix. Using Holganix is like running a marathon, not a sprint.” By the end of the year, David was seeing a 25% increase in rooting and had reduced inputs across the board.

“However, one of our biggest successes with Holganix was utilizing the Holganix model to grow our business. We incorporated the Holganix marketing plan and differentiated our business by utilizing the product,” explains David. “Overall, our close ratio doubled to 50+%. When people called the office we could create a transaction right then rather than the usual can you email me some information. “

Five years later, we are happy to say David has become an invaluable part of the Holganix team. “I saw the bigger picture in the green industry and I knew that the next step in my life was to give back to my industry through working with Holganix. The cool thing is that my experience at Secure Turf allows me to put myself in the customers’ shoes and to help them leverage Holganix and best business practices to grow their lawn care companies. It’s sounds cheesy, but my goal is to make my customers reach their potential.”

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Holganix Case Study: Mountain Lake Corporation Reports Healthier Plants; Improved Root Development


“If you’ve got a healthier plant; you’ve got a better situation overall,” states Ray Cuzzone, Director of Landscape Services at Mountain Lake Corporation, a private home community nestled in Lake Wales, Florida.

To Cuzzone, a healthier plant means better drought, disease and insect resistance. “Your goal as a landscaper is to build up the plant’s health as much as possible.”

At the end of the day, Ray believes Holganix Bio 800+ Lawn is the ticket to building up plant strength naturally.  


Meet Mountain Lake Corporation

photo_4Originally established in 1915, Mountain Lake Corporation includes over 125 homes, a restored Seth Raynor golf course and a historical colony house that serves as the clubhouse and inn.

Cuzzone has the pleasure of maintaining beautiful multi-million-dollar properties belonging to the club and members.

However, Cuzzone isn’t new to the turf scene. Like many in the industry, he’s worked his way up the ladder- from a mechanic at a Florida golf course to the superintendent of that same course. Following his tenure as a superintendent, Cuzzone ventured into sales, representing several green industry companies. Once he had the chance to get back into the turf care business, he leapt at the opportunity.

While Cuzzone had heard of bionutritional products before, he admits he was pressured into giving it a shot by members. “Our community is very passionate about using natural and organic products. I talk a lot about how we are using organics to the members,” says Cuzzone. “They’re pleased with the results.”


Nice root development leads to reduction in irrigation

The members aren’t the only ones that are pleased with results. Cuzzone has been on the Holganix program for three years and is excited by the state of his turf. “We’ve seen some nice root development, which also led to a reduction in irrigation.” At the same time, the turf has been healthier and denser with considerably less brown patch (a disease that has plagued Mountain Lake for years).


Reducing fertilizer and fungicides

In terms of reducing inputs, “we’ve been able to reduce inputs significantly.” He reports a 20% reduction in nitrogen fertilizer and fungicides.

Cuzzone also has been able to eliminate his spring and fall sludge applications, which had the original intention of building the biology within the soil.

Because of the reduction in inputs, “Holganix Bio 800+ easily pays for itself.”


"I know when stuff works" - Ray Cuzzone

At the end of the day, Cuzzone and the members are happy with the fantastic results. “I’ve been in the business a long time,” says Cuzzone. “I know when stuff works and when stuff doesn’t. And let me tell you, Holganix Bio 800+ sure does work!” 

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

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"The fields are looking and playing better than ever!"


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In 2011, Friends Academy, a Quaker school in Locust Valley, New York was one of many schools to get hit by “The Child Safe Playing Fields Act” which banned pesticide use on school fields. “It changed the way we were keeping our turf strong and healthy,” says Chris Semlies, Facility Director of Friends Academy. “We looked at lots of different organic options but they were expensive.”

That’s when he stumbled across Holganix, a 100% organic, bionutritional plant and turf fertility product. Holganix allows you to effectively utilize 75% less synethetic inputs while still achieving optimal plant health. For Semlies, Holganix was more cost effective than other organics and gave a broader range of benefits – promoting plant health and growth. In turn, healthier plants are better able to suppress insect and disease.

“We are not only complying with the law, but we are doing a more effective job at building a healthy, strong and resilient turf while fulfilling a core Quaker value: being good stewards to the environment.”

Semlies reports that he’s seen a definite difference in using Holganix on his turf. The turf has been healthier and better able to withstand foot traffic. The roots have also been significantly deeper.

“The best part is,” says Semlies, “multiple coaches say their fields are looking and playing better than ever before. All of this is possible while limiting our environmental footprint and providing healthier playing conditions for students.”

Holganix entered the Long Island market in 2013 and already 22 local golf courses have made Holganix part of their annual program. Nassau Suffolk Turf Services is the sole distributor in the Long Island market. “We cautiously introduced Holganix to the long Island Golf community in 2013,” says Bob Mele, CEO and Founder of Nassau Suffolk Turf Services.

“The results seen on golf courses were eye opening,” affirms Bob. Traditionally in turf care, organic fertilizers have been inferior to synthetics and have cost turf professionals an arm and a leg. Mele believes that modern day bionutritional products defy this stereotype. University studies and customer case studies back Mele’s belief.

“Bionutritional products like Holganix are about maximizing the effect we have on turf health,” says Barrett Ersek, CEO of Holganix. At the same time, Holganix allows landscapers and other turf professionals to shift to a more organic approach to turf health.

“It’s not only good for the environment and escape strict government regulations, but it also allows landscapers to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering something to their customers that no one else has.”

 Soil Science

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Holganix Case Studies: 2x better healing time after aeration!

woodbine bend golf course


woodbine bend golf courseAndrew Young’s story is a familiar one for those of us in the golf course industry.

His passion for golf started at age 14 when he signed on at the local golf course. There, he picked weeds and did all the other fun jobs expected of young boys working a course. He became so enamored (somehow the weeding didn’t scare him away!) with the industry that, in college he pursued a degree in turf management.

Eventually, his golf career led him to Woodbine Bend Golf Course where he’s been the superintendent for the past three years.

Woodbine Bend is a links-styled course located in Stockton, Illinois, Young’s hometown. Before using Holganix, the course suffered from a thick thatch layer.

“I wanted to minimize the thatch layer and that’s one of the reasons why I started using Holganix,” says Young. “It’s been helping.”

Two years into the Holganix program, Young has been pleased with the results, especially with rooting and aeration. “The healing time after aerifying has decreased since using Holganix,” claims Young.

Typically, it would take the course 2 weeks to heal but with Holganix, he’s been able to reduce it to about 1 week with a 14 ounce per 1,000 sq ft application following aerification.

“And my roots? They are just crazy!” exclaims Young. “You can’t even see soil,” says Young. “All you see are white, healthy roots.”

Young reports seeing 12+ inch roots on his fairways in July. His greens have 6+ inch roots but are extremely dense and holding together nicely.

He notes that the major storms in Illinois recently are negatively affecting root growth and expects it to be much longer in the fall. “When it comes to the roots, the longer the better,” says Young.

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Holganix Case Studies: Increasing Rooting; Decreasing Recovery Time At Barrington Country Club

 barrington country club

Anthony Robertson, golf and grounds superintendent at Bloomington Country Club in Bloomington, Indiana, has dedicated his career to maintaining beautiful golf courses. He has been in the industry since 1998, starting as an assistant superintendent before becoming a golf superintendent in 2010.

As a golf course superintendent, Anthony has used several different organic products on his course before using Holganix Bio 800+ Golf

Holganix Bio 800+ Golf naturally promotes turf performance, building strong roots and improving turf resilience against traffic, disease and weather stressors. Holganix Golf harnesses the power of over 800 species of beneficial soil microbes that work to increase nutrient availability for the turf and minimize your need for fungicides.  

>>Learn More About Holganix Bio 800+ Golf's Ingredient List

Bloomington Sees Improved Turf Performance And Increased Recovery Time
Overall, his experience with Holganix Golf over the past year has been exciting. In particular, Anthony attributes Holganix Bio 800+ Golf to the improved rooting on his putting surfaces and in the quick aerification recovery seen at Bloomington this year.

“We saw great [aerification] recovery within 10 days while using the minimal amount of nitrogen,” reports Anthony.

In fact, Anthony cut out all granular nitrogen applications during the recovery time and simply sprayed 1/10 lb of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet with Holganix Golf.

At the end of the day, “Our members were raving about how quickly the greens have healed after such an aggressive core aerification.”


What Additional Results Has Bloomington Seen With Holganix Bio 800 Golf? 

Watch the testimonial below, to hear Anthony's full story with Holganix Bio 800+ Golf  at Bloomington Country Club. 

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