Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Humates are naturally occurring geological deposits of organic material which contain concentrated extractable humic acids in the form of oxidized lignite. To make it simple, there are certain humates deposits in the USA, mostly in the mid-west where the dinosaurs lived and died millions of years ago. Large concentrations of plant and animal matter formed and the result are the humates we harvest today.
Humates have been used by farmers for years and just recently you may see them show up in more packages of fertilizers available at the lawn and garden stores. Humates are like nature's storehouse and applications to any turf grass will help to compensate for lost productivity that occurs with soil humus losses. Humates will help to speed up the process of building up necessary reserves in turf grass soils under good management.
Humic matter is continuously being created and destroyed in soils under natural conditions. The most active portions are decomposed first. Soils which experience only the application of traditional synthetic fertilizer over time can only retain the humus additions that are formed from any turf grass residues left behind. The addition of any organic matter will increase the level of humus in the soil, which in turn makes humic acids available to build soil structure resulting in a better, healthier growing lawn. Applying humates to your lawn certainly is more convenient than say, large quantities of compost which would be required to add organic matter. Bulk compost is hard to find, handle, get delivered and spread over your existing lawn. A great way to work humates into your lawn is with Jonathan Green Natural Beauty All Organic Lawn Fertilizer.
The benefits of humates to the soil are numerous. The physical soil structure is greatly improved increasing soil aggregate stability, improving water infiltration and aeration. Humates also can break down soils primary minerals, releasing elements as available nutrients. Humates in the soil can hold nitrogen in reserve making it available for the turf grass over time, like a slow release fertilizer. This would also reduce the chance of nitrates leaching into the water table. We all know how increased microbial activity help plants grow better, well humate applications will stimulate this activity.
Humates are complex organic substances which increase root growth and penetrations helping your grass plants reach deeper for water in the soil, adding to drought tolerance. Chlorophyll density and photosynthesis also increase with applications of humates over time. There is a noticeable increase in proteins, fiber and sugars which will improve the quality and appearance of your lawn after humates are used.
We’ve all heard of fulvic acids in various vitamins. Humates are high in fulvic acids which help to chelate nutrients, making them more available to the plant, producing a hormone-like response. If you are applying Jonathan Green grass seed, humates will enhance seed germination and grass plant development.
Just like a long infomercial, wait, there’s more, the benefits of Humates just don’t stop. Your other Jonathan Green fertilizer applications work better, which leads to more fertilizer efficiency and perhaps a reduction in the amount of fertilizers you need to apply over time. This all sounds too good to be true but it is. You can apply Jonathan Green Organic Fertilizers with humates in the spring, summer or fall for best results. They work best when there are warmer air and soil temperatures.
Jonathan Green Organic Lawn Fertilizers with humates are available at independent retail stores. There really is no better way to enhance your Jonathan Green lawn care program. We can reduce environmental impact from traditional fertilizers, save the water table, increase earthworm activity and feel free to roll on our backyard grassy knoll. Until next time, remember, to have a good lawn you need to start with quality Jonathan Green grass seed, keep it green.Back