Do you fight yellowing circles and spots on your lawn? Are you always watering to try and keep your lawn green? Let me tell you why. The main focus on lawn fertility is to apply a lot of nitrogen fertilizer, typically dry Urea which is 46-0-0. When grasses are driven to grow with high inorganic nitrogen they require at least 2-3 times more water to keep green. As the water use rises and the soils become more waterlogged, it creates the ideal environment for the fungi that cause these plant yellowing diseases. To compound the problem, the wet soil environment and high nitrogen presence is detrimental to the aerobic and beneficial microbes which creates an imbalance in the correct biology groups.
The pathogens use the nitrogen fertilizer to quickly grow and reproduce and then they attack the plants root systems to get carbon (from the carbohydrate structures in the roots) and the other minerals they need. The excessive moisture also reduces the oxygen available in the soil, which is required for the grass to efficiently absorb and exchange soil nutrients. The combination of stimulated pathogen growth, weakened roots, and reduced oxygen weakens the grass and reduces its nutrient content. The grass is now a target for other pathogenic organisms and pests and you have brown spots in your lawn or your golf course.
Here is a quick outline to help you better understand how these natural systems work. Beneficial soil microbes restructure inorganic/unavailable soil minerals into a form best utilized by the plant. These beneficial microbes also protect the plant’s roots systems from pathogenic microbes by defending the area immediately around the roots themselves. Beneficial microbes do not attack living plants, that is not their food source, they utilize dead plant residue and non-living organic matter as their food sources.
Pathogens, on the other hand do attack living plants, albeit unhealthy ones, both above and below ground. Pathogens, by nature, are barred from eating healthy plants. Their role is to remove unhealthy, nutrient deficient plants from the environment (nature doesn’t want the unhealthy ones to reproduce). Pathogens do not possess the ability to digest healthy plant components, they lack the ability to process the higher levels of carbohydrates and minerals. Should a pathogenic organism decide to violate this law of nature the nutrition in a healthy plant will kill the pathogen. Here we see and begin to understand the wisdom of natural law (Gods Law). Each type and group of biology have their natural roles and functions as the environments change.
Plants become vulnerable to pathogens because we as stewards fail to understand the needs of the plants. Agriculture has simplified plant fertility to only a few top minerals, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK), completely ignoring all the others. Most lawn application companies follow the same practice of applying too few minerals. They can do it cheaply and it makes the grass look green quickly. They don’t understand that the increased water demands and resulting water-logged soils are actually harming the lawns they are hired to help.
Plants do need minerals, but they need some 75 or more minerals not just these simple 3. Plants do need N, P, and K. They also need Ca, S, and Mg as well as H (hydrogen) O (oxygen) and C (carbon). They are all used by the plant to build structure, which is why we see plant growth when we add them. These 9 minerals make up 99.5% of the plant’s total dry matter weight, providing the form and structure of the plant. The remaining 70+ minerals only make up 0.5% (one-half-of one-percent) of plant dry matter weight, yet these trace elements, in minute amounts, drive all the plant functions. Trace elements drive plant enzyme functions which drive all the living and operating systems within the plants themselves.
Without trace elements the plants would not be able to utilize the 9 minerals that build structure. As a plant takes up N, P, K, Ca, S, Mg, H, O, C, these minerals have to be transformed into other compounds and restructured (fixed) to other molecule groups to form plant parts in which to build structure. These are the plant’s primary metabolites of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils (PPM). Building plant structure is only one-half of the function of the plants. Building nutrition is the other, and most important function of the plant. Without nutritional content built into the plant, nature will destroy that plant because nature doesn’t want nutrient deficient seeds for future generations.
Plant nutrition comes mainly from the trace minerals working with the plants thousands of enzymes to produce the plant secondary metabolites (PSM). There are millions and millions of PSM components, and they provide the nutrition. You must have trace elements present and available for nutrition to occur, there are NO exceptions.
Applying only N, and a little P & K on lawns and golf courses is cheap and visually effective in the short term. However, that path also provides a very effective short cut to diseases, pests, and high water requirements. The resulting pathogens require more and more toxic chemicals to try and keep them in check. In the end it always fails and plants die prematurely.
Our approach is unlike any other. We don’t treat symptoms, we treat the cause. We apply all the building block minerals in a balanced ratio one to another so as not to overdo any one single element. We also apply 70 or more trace elements in naturally occurring organic forms, not in synthetic forms which the plants can’t use. In addition to the balanced mineral applications, we apply the broadest ranges of biology to inoculate the soil and root zone with beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and more, literally millions of species with total populations in the hundreds-of-millions and even billions. Microbes and Minerals function together. One is as essential as the other and nature requires the presence of both for plants to function properly. The proper biology groups must be restored to the soil environment if the minerals are to be used correctly by the plant.
Once these minerals and microbes are restored to their correct balances and ratios in the soils, the plant’s response is almost immediate. Things can change within days, and plants will recover and improve. Tree's that fail to produce leaves and new branches in some areas are simply exhibiting signs of nutrient deficiencies. Grass and lawn areas that have diseases such as pathogenic fungi and other organisms causing yellowing and death are signs of improper soil moisture levels, the lack of enough good biology and the lack of enough minerals. When you correct the balances, nature corrects everything else. Knowing how to do it is the key.
There are no short-cuts to doing things right. You either work with the laws of nature and live or you violate those laws and have endless problems and diseases. Quick and cheap will always cost you far more money and problems in the long run.
If you want your trees and lawns treated properly, we are the only company that has taken the time and done research to really understand the problems. We don’t treat the symptoms, we treat the cause.