Tuesday, April 5, 2011
How do you know if you have any Humates if you do not know what they are? Humates have been used in agricultural applications as soil conditioners and fertilizer amendments for many years. In the future, look for Humates to start showing up in some lawn and garden fertilizers. Just what are Humates?
Humates have been around for a long time, back as far as the days of the dinosaurs. The famous Menefee Humates deposit in Northwestern New Mexico was a tropical marshland on the margin of a receding sea. This geological formation comprises some of the richest plant materials that ever existed on the earth’s surface. Over 70 million years ago, the earth’s mineral rich soils sustained a vast amount of plants and animals. As these plants and animals died, their remains decomposed and where compressed and distilled down to complex organic molecules and minerals. Weathering, floods, erosion, tectonic plate movements and further disturbances exposed this ancient tropical vegetation which has become this humic shale. Humates, which are mined from this primal humic shale, are vital to the health of the soil, and therefore your lawn.
Humates are organic and provide available long-chain carbon material to the soil structure and add organic content to the soil. Since carbon is a basic element for all human life, this carbon matrix promotes enhanced soil microbial activity. This aids in the formation of a balanced soil structure for proper plant development. This process also aids in the decomposition of residual plant material, including unwanted thatch. Humates provide a full spectrum of organic acids including humic and fulvic acids, which are essential for plant development. These act an organic “chelators” which enhance the uptake and utilization of plant nutrients in fertilizers. The cat ion exchange capacity of the soil increases improving the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes of plant root material. Many university studies have confirmed the benefits of Humates for both agriculture and turf and ornamental uses.
Humates can improve the overall performance of fertilizers to the point where you can actually reduce the amount of fertilizer required over time, providing proper plant health, growth and overall turfgrass quality. Humates are very “surface active” compounds that hold elements and fertilizer nutrients strongly. Chemical applications are somewhat buffered preventing phytotoxicity and “burn”. Humates can also help in seed germination so look for humates in Jonathan Green New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer. Soil aeration, permeability, water filtration and water holding capacity are also improved with Humates use over time. This is especially beneficial when rainfall and moisture retention are minimal.
Wow, this seems all too good to be true! It’s a wonder that we haven’t seen Humates in lawn and garden products before now. Humates are available in both granular and liquid forms. Humates are perfect for your Jonathan Green Organics program and being classified as organic, Humates have no adverse affect on the environment. Jonathan Green offers Natural Beauty, an All Organic Lawn Fertilizer, which is rich in humates. Also our Organic Lawn Fertilizer is an excellent source of humates. Is it safe? Well, Humates are used in animal feeds for improved health, increased milk production, and improved feed efficiency and helping to reduce fly populations, lowering costs for insect controls. Humates are also processed in food-grade operations to manufacture liquid hydrophilic minerals for human consumption. You’ve seen vitamins and health foods containing fulvic acids, guess where they came from?
The high prices of certain fertilizer ingredients give good reason to include Humates in Jonathan Green fertilizers. Humates costs about half the price of certain fertilizer raw materials. While they help synthetic fertilizers work well, they provide a greater synergistic effect when combined with organic fertilizers. Jonathan Green Organic Fertilizers help build the soil quality by feeding the soil to feed the plants. Following the Jonathan Green Organic Methods of Lawn Care also provides improved aeration, moisture retention and water holding capacity therefore Humates should be included in organic programs. Until next time, remember: It’s not how much; it’s what you spread on your lawn!Back