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Reduce Plant Loss thru Automatic Fertilization!

nitrogenPerhaps the strongest factor in plant loss is the availability of nutrients in the soil. Like people, plants need a variety of nutrients in order to grow strong and healthy. Plants take in their nutrients from the roots in the soil and to process photosynthesis correctly. These nutrients include nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, and sulfur, though plants may need other nutrients to maintain vigorous plant growth. The nutrients are absorbed from the soil through the roots.

It can be easy to determine if your plants have a nutrient deficiency. Unhealthy plants typically have leaves that are discolored, misshapen, or produce small fruits or flowers.

Nutrient excess can also be harmful to your plants. With too much available of a single nutrient element, other vital nutrients may be blocked or not taken in, causing deficiencies, decreased disease tolerance, loss of fruits or flowers and plant death.

Leaching:

Leaching is common cause of nutrient loss, particularly with Nitrogen. Leaching is the loss of water-soluble nutrients in soil and occurs when there are excess rains and irrigation. This happens because the soil cannot process excess nitrogen.

Nutrients are not taken up into the plant roots are washed away, or “leached” into the ground water, having adverse effects on aquatic life and on oxygen levels in the air through evaporation.

Biofeed can help with Nutrient Deficiencies and reduce plant loss!

20150225_175818Biofeed Solutions has a wide variety of fertilizers and when applied through our BioFeeder™ automatic fertilizer injectors they help you maintain proper nutrient levels to curb nutrient deficiency and plant loss problems and promote healthier plant growth.

All of our products contain our propriety Amino-Carbon Technology® (ACT), a rich source of 100% soluble organic molecules that mimic nature’s nutrient delivery system. ACT contains a powerful combination of hydrolyzed plant proteins, natural enzymes, intracellular extracts, complex organic acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, hormones and nutrient elements which work to strengthen both plant and biological cell growth. ACT also contains multivalent compounds which buffer sodium toxicity while chelating and solubilizing locked up soil nutrients. This improves uptake of nutrients by plant roots and nutrient absorption during foliar applications.

ACT also blocks the growth of disease-causing anaerobic bacteria such as e-coli and clostridium sp. which may infect the root-zone and contribute to black-layer in golf course soils where it can destroy delicate plant roots.

Biofeed fertilizers, with ACT are highly resistant to nutrient loss and leaching, leading to greener turf, bigger blooms, and more resilient plants.

Battling Toxic Salt with Biofeed

Salty soilSodium Salt is a vital nutrient for all living things. However, for your soil and the plants you grow, it can be a deadly toxin. Typical Arizona soil has high pH content due to the presence of high MINERAL SALTS which make drainage or leaching very difficult therefore sodium salt commonly accumulates to toxic levels. In very small quantities, sodium salt in your soil is not a major problem. However, if your soil is like MOST other Arizona soils, it has an abnormal amount of salt. As result your plants will dehydrate and not receive vital nutrients like phosphorus and potassium and WATER, and die!

If you’re a professional landscaper, you’ve seen this. The dreaded salt rings appear around your new and older plantings then comes the leaf-burn and in a few weeks you’re back out in the heat replacing plants that your customer just paid for. But, because they paid YOU to install their new plants- YOU now have to foot the bill for plant replacement. Then nobody’s happy.

We have seen many landscapers replacing hundreds of plants, trees and flowers 2-3 times a year not just here in Arizona but throughout the southwest! ALL because of SALT! Add to that, NO MATTER what you try to tell or explain to your customers, they will eventually give up on YOU and bring in the next landscaper they can find to replace YOU! Believe me, I personally have been there.

As we near springtime, with summer grasses growing in and springtime flowers are starting to grow, it is imperative that we do everything we can to help the landscape grow beautiful and green. This means it is vitally important to fight against salt build-up in the soil.

How to Fight Salt
You can use deep watering to flush salt and this would work great IF your soil could drain or leach fast enough. However, this can create high water bills during peak seasons.

This is where we at Biofeed Solutions can help YOU manage and reduce SALT!

Our products do not contain harmful salts but can help buffer the salts existing in your soil. Biofeed® Soil Plus is used by hundreds of landscapers, gardeners and farmers to manage salt! Our Soil-Plus has been proven to reduce sodium toxicity and soften and condition soils to allow better water penetration while it enhances root growth and improves the plants photosynthetic activity to help it through high salt and heat stresses.

Also the ingredients in Soil-Plus chemically “grabs” and buffers salt and holds it in a non-toxic form that won’t hurt your plants and allows it to leach down below the root system!

soilBenefits of Soil-Plus:

  • Buffers harmful salt!
  • Softens and builds crumb structure in the soil to improve leaching and water holding.
  • Releases oxygen into the soil promoting aerobic biological activity, helping the soil to breathe.
  • Improves water penetration and retention.
  • Decreases toxic nutrient levels in the soil by buffering harmful salts and gently protecting soil pH.
  • Allows for seed germination over areas of stressed turf and release of nutrients in the soil.
  • Optimizes root growth.
  • Improves drought tolerance, disease resistance, and plant cell division, resulting in greener plants.

Soil Plus is not our only product that helps combat salts. For example, Arbor-Plus will help feed your trees and buffer salts as well and is a great product for year-round tree fertilization.

1371549Benefits of Arbor-Plus:

  • Promotes deep green leaf color
  • Improves horizontal branching & growth
  • Improves heat and drought tolerance
  • Enhances disease resistance
  • Balanced nutrition for balanced growth
  • Buffers Harmful Salt when used in DRF treatments
  • Oxygenates the Soil Root Zone
  • Stimulates beneficial aerobic soil microbes below ground to aid in reducing or eliminating root-rot

Do you need to fight the toxic salt levels in your turf, trees, or soils? Try Biofeed today!

Give us a call at 623-930-7510 and we’ll help you find a distributor or wholesaler near you!

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Fertilizing your Lawn

No matter what season it is, if you are maintaining a beautiful green lawn year round, there is one important aspect of lawn maintenance that you should not overlook: fertilization. Your lawn needs several things to grow and live a healthy life: proper mowing, sufficient water, and a healthy supply of nutrients to feed the roots. With a good lawn maintenance program, and the help of Turf-Plus™, you can have a lush, quality lawn that is the envy of your neighborhood.

To maintain a healthy lawn, there are three important steps to consider: mowing, watering, and fertilizing. All three of these maintenance steps work together to help you build a gorgeous lawn.

Mowing your lawn.

lawnmowerIt is important not to let your lawn grow too tall. Longer blades of grass can be harder to maintain or cut, while shorter grasses become stressed, growing yellow because the blades help the grass photosynthesize.

Think about haircuts. If you want short hair, you have to cut it constantly to maintain the short length. The military buzz-cut look requires frequent visits to a barber. Long hair, however, only needs the occasional trim. The same is true with the length of your grass blades in your home lawn. Unless you want to mow your grass every other day, you should probably aim to keep your grass to a healthy length.
When cutting your grass, remove no more than 1/3 the length of your grass. This is good not just for your grass, but for your lawnmower (which will require less maintenance if you are not trimming extra-long heavy clippings with each mowing).

Watering your lawn

Sprinkler_Irrigation_-_Sprinkler_headIn an earlier article, we talked about the best practices for watering your lawn, but it never hurts to have a refresher of information on watering.

The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, between 4-9 AM. This is so the water does not evaporate before getting to your roots. Evening watering encourages unhealthy fungal growth.

Be careful not to over-water your lawn, because an excess of water is just as unhealthy as a drought. Too much water (or insufficient drainage) can cause your lawn to wilt, to catch disease, or encourage unhealthy fungal growth.

Fertilizing your Lawn

Because your lawn takes in nutrients while it drinks water, liquid fertilizers, like Biofeed Turf-Plus™, are the most efficient method of fertilizing your lawn. Existing plant life in your soil can leech away the nutrients, causing there to be less available resources in the soil in subsequent years. Adding fertilizers, like Biofeed’s Turf-Plus™, to your soil, ensures your soil is replenished of the nutrients that your new grass needs to flourish.

Turf Plus JugTurf-Plus™ can be used by itself, or blended with Soil-Plus™ to stimulate turf growth and healthy soil.

Turf-Plus™ is a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer especially designed for grass. Combined with our Amino Carbon Technology (ACT)™ Turf-Plus™ supplies vital nitrogen and potassium to your grass. It helps reduce the effects of stress on your grass, promotes deep green leaf color, and does not stain!
Applying Biofeed Turf-Plus™ is easy. You can integrate it into your existing irrigation system, use our Biofeeder® tanks, use a hose-end sprayer attachment, or even a backpack sprayer.

For more hints on how to apply Biofeed, check out our informational article Four Easy Ways to Apply Biofeed.

 

Flower Bed Preparation

No matter what the Groundhog told us, spring is coming, and it is time to start preparing the soil in your garden so you can plant your flowerbed. Properly fertilizing and preparing your soil for the flowerbed is a lot of work, but is vital to the prevention of disease and pests. This process will help you grow beautiful flowers and healthy plants.

Step 1: Remove existing grass and weeds.

Before you begin working on the soil, you need to remove grass and weeds from the area you’ve selected for your flower bed. Removing these plants will allow you to control what plants are growing in the bed and will help your flowers by giving them less competition for root space within the soil.

soilStep 2: Soil Preparation

You will need to turn over your soil.

This step involves a lot of work and preparation, but is crucial for building the flowerbed. Depending on the flowers you are planting, you will need anywhere between 6 to 18 inches of soil for your plants to grow. Here are a few things you will want to do with your soil as you prepare to plant your flowers:

  • Ensure proper drainage. Over watering your flowers will prevent them from getting proper nutrition from the soil. You can test the soil’s moisture content with your hands. If you ball the soil up in your hands and it crumbles, it is ready. If it remains in the shape of a ball, it is too moist. Do not proceed with planting until you’ve properly drained the moist soil. It may be necessary to build an elevated garden or dig a hole in the garden to provide drainage.
  • Test your pH to make sure you have proper acidity and nutrient levels.
  • Work organic materials (such as peat, compost, leaves, dry grass clippings, mulch, or well-rotted manure) into the soil. This will make the soil richer, help adjust the pH, and help the soil hold water and nutrients.

Step 3: Plant your Plants!

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This should be the fun part: lay them in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement, but make sure each plant has enough space for the roots to take hold and the blooms to flourish.

Step 4: Water and Apply Biofeed Fertilizers!

Nutra-Plus JugChoose the proper Biofeed Product for your flowerbed: Nutra-Plus Bio-Fertilizer provides beneficial nutrition to a wide variety of turf grasses, trees, shrubs, gardens and flowers. Or, if you have difficult soil, you can try Soil-Plus to reduce toxic salt levels and help your soil get proper oxygen. Plus it helps promote rapid rooting for quicker establishment and earlier blooms. Both of these products are concentrated- so dilute 4 Ounces of each product with water in a 2-3 gallon watering can and pour this solution evenly to cover about 100 square feet directly onto the soil. NOW- water the flowers to help wash Biofeed down into the root-zone. Repeat this feeding once every 2-3 weeks.

REMEMBER! The secret behind All Biofeed Fertilizers is our Amino Carbon Technology® (ACT), which releases life-giving oxygen to support soil microbes and reduce the growth of disease-causing anaerobic bacteria.

BIOFEED BUILDS BETTER SOIL!

Improving Root-to-Soil Interactions

A plant’s association with the soil is called ‘root-to-soil interaction.’ The root system is vital because it helps the plant receive its nutrition from the soil. Stronger, deeper root systems help plants better develop because the plant is able to pull more minerals from the soil than week, shallow roots. A healthy plant has strong roots, whereas a plant with an insufficient root system will have nutrient deficiency.

Nutrient deficient plants can show stunted growth and yellowed leaves, which in turn reduces photosynthesis. Left untreated, nutrient deficient plants will reduce plant quality and lead to plant loss.

Plants and grass also suffer if there is too much salt in the soil around them. Toxic levels of salt can cause cellular damage and can also lead to plant loss.

1371549Better soil health starts with available oxygen. Just as the human body needs oxygen to live, soil needs oxygen to support plants. Without oxygen, gaseous carbon compounds other than carbon dioxide develop, which can choke the plant. Soil cannot breathe or metabolize nutrients without oxygen and will wither and die without it.

Roots grow where they find oxygen, and if you can get oxygen deeper into your soil, then your roots will grow deeper, stronger, and better benefit your plants.

The easiest way to ensure good oxygenation for your plants is to use porous, less dense soil (for example: pumice, lava and bark soils). This can be difficult in your yard, but easy for your potted plants.

In growing your lawn, garden, and trees, it is important to maintain a healthy root-to-soil relationship so that your roots are not poisoned with toxic salt levels or starved with too little nutrients.

Now, there is an easier way to improve the root-to-soil relationship and create a beautiful landscape!

The key is to ensure better soil so you have better roots.

That’s where Soil-Plus comes in.

Soil-Plus contains Biofeed’s exclusive Amino-carbon technology. Soil-Plus has been proven by scientific study to increase turf rooting and promote deep green color.
Additionally, Soil-Plus provides the following benefits below ground:

Soil-Plus Jug

Buffers Sodium Toxicity
Chelates soil nutrients to improve root uptake
Enhances nutrient absorption
Oxygenates the root-zone through specialized enzymes
Reduce unwanted anaerobic bacteria in the soil

All of these benefits help the soil and the plant and help you grow more beautiful landscapes.

With Biofeed Soil-Plus, your plants are sure to get the healthy root system they need to grow deep, healthy roots.

Biofeed Builds Better Soil!