All health begins with the soil! In fact the health of plants, animals and even man is connected to the health of the soil.
Lawn maker’s reliance on routine applications of nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium fertilizers may help green and thicken the lawn for a while but will eventually degrade the lawn soil health. Poor soil health is caused by depleting dozens of other soil components which lead to an unsustainable lawn maintenance practice.
Relying on purely chemical nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium lawn fertilizers ignores and condemns the beneficial biology of lawn soil life. The soil bacteria, fungi and numerous other micro-critters are all members of the web of life.
However, there are “softer” alternatives to many of these practices.
While N-P-K fertilizers help to provide macro-nutrients for improved lawn grass growth, they largely bypass the soil microorganisms because they are soluble in water.
So how can you improve your soils health?
Jonathan Green has two key products which can be applied on the same day, right after each other, and since they are both organic soil enhancers you can’t apply too much. On average these products should be spread twice each year. Once in the spring and once again late in the summer or early in the fall. These two soil enhancing products can turn heavy clay soil or granular sandy soil, that won’t hold moisture, into rich crumbly top soil. There is nothing more important that you can do for your lawn then to address the poor soil that it is grown in. Since the soil is the foundation of the lawn, strong, healthy soil will result in a lawn which looks good, but is also much easier to maintain.
On the same day that you apply regular fertilizer, spread both Mag-I-Cal and Love Your Soil, in addition to any other lawn products that you apply. These two soil enhancing products will improve the effectiveness of any other traditional fertilizer, fertilizer combination product or organic fertilizer that you spread. Here is why…
Mag-I-Cal rapidly adjusts soil pH upward. It contains 35% highly soluble calcium and humates. When the pH of your soil is balanced, the grass can absorb minerals and nutrients which were previously locked in the soil and not available to the grass plants. Mag-I-Cal is available in both 5,000 and 15,000 square foot coverage bags.
Love Your Soil feeds the soil microbes, making the lawn soil more alive and porous.
Love Your Soil loosens and aerates heavy, compacted soil. Releases tied up nutrients in the soil your lawn is growing in. Contains humic and fulvic acids, calcium, sulfur, iron, and molasses along with essential L-Amino Acids, which help to build the “natural- bridges” between the soil microbes and the root hairs of the grass plants.
Love Your Soil will kick-start your lawn. It also enhances grass root development and root mass development and it is effective on all turf grass varieties. There is a direct relationship between the quantity of organic material in the soil and the number of microbes in the soil. It is at this fundamental level that complex and mostly poorly understood interactions are occurring, that provide grass plants with resistance to disease, insect and environmental stresses.
When Mag-I-Cal balances the soils pH, the grasses in your lawn can extract the minerals and nutrients that your grass needs to thrive. When Love Your Soil stimulates the vast array of soil microbes, these microbes release mineral nutrients into the soil water solution making them available to the grass plants.
In healthy biologically active soils, of correct pH grass plants grow and thicken and out compete the weeds. Additionally, the lawn is better able to withstand insect and disease problems.
Any soil has basically 5 components.
Finely divided rock: Which comes from the mountains and hills and also from sedimentary rock, which was laid down through the action of water.
Living organisms: In fact, healthy, humus rich, soil can contain over one billion microorganisms per square inch.
Humus: The decayed and decaying remains of animal and vegetable life.
Water: The essential processes of life occur in the water held by the humus of the soil and the water films on the soil particles.
Air: It is from the atmosphere that green plants obtain the carbon needed to manufacture carbohydrates, the building block of life on this earth. Grass plant roots will penetrate the soil no deeper than the air penetrates.
How Healthy Soil Works
The return of organic wastes to the soil, in order to build a humus reserve in the soil, is the basis of soil health.
In the soil, humus is constantly being decomposed and being reduced to its basic elements by the microscopic soil life. The elements that are released move into the soil solution and are eventually absorbed by green plants through osmosis. Organic acids that are produced during this process etch away at the mineral portion of the soil releasing elements into the soil solution, also to be absorbed by grass plants. Microscopic root hairs, on the roots of green plants, are the means by which this nutrition is absorbed.
However, there is another mechanism at work here. A mechanism by which living fungal threads (mycelium) invade the cells of plant roots, acting as a conduit, that carries nutrient rich soil solution into the green plant. This process greatly enhances the plants ability to gather nutrients.