Sunday, April 27, 2014
The series continues... Cocktails for better results: Part 4. If you missed part 1, 2 and 3 and would like to see them, go to www.possumsupply.com and look under the Horticulture Hotline tab.
This “cocktail” is a little different. It mixes the cultural practice of aerating with other products.
As the night time temperatures warm up and the grass starts to actively grow, aerating should be considered for the health of your whole landscape. Trees and bed areas can benefit from aeration as well as turf areas.
While you have the holes open in your yard, there are many products that you can add to that root zone area that will benefit your turf, trees and shrubs.
Aerating reduces compaction, reduces thatch, increases oxygen movement to the roots, brings beneficial micro-organisms to the surface, cuts runners and allows better penetration of water, fertilizers or control products into the soil.
Right after aerating, while the holes are open, is a good time to add SeaHume G, BGK 7500, products containing mycorrhiza, Crab Shell, Mule Mix and/or Cotton Burr Compost.
Even if you are not aerating, these products are great to add to your lawn and beds.
SeaHume G is a bio-stimulant humic acid product that will help your roots grow, soften up the soil, feed beneficial micro-organisms in the soil, make nutrients that are in the soil more available to the plants and keep fertilizer from leaching.
SeaHume G also contains 10 percent cold-water seaweed.
The seaweed acts as a bio-stimulant and is a source of more than 60 minor elements, amino acids and natural chelating agents.
BGK 7500 is a granular organic product that has thatch eating bacteria mix in with a 03-03-03 fertilizer. BGK 7500 is also fortified with 6 percent humic acid.
04-04-04 Bolster and other products that contain mycorrhiza: by applying these products while the roots are exposed, the mycorrhiza can attach to the roots quickly. These friendly fungi will help the plant absorb water and nutrients from the soil while competing with bad fungus in the soil.
Crab Shell by Neptune's Harvest will increase the chitin-eating bacteria in the soil.
These bacteria will help control nematodes and fungus. I would definitely use this product in areas that I have problems with large/brown patch.
Mule Mix can last about 20 years in the soil and help manage moisture.
This is a clay product that has been super-heated until it pops!
This makes this product sterile as well as turns it into a little capillary.
This capillary holds water and then releases it as the plant needs it. This product is used on baseball infields to manage the moisture levels in clay; otherwise, the clay would be rock hard or moist and slimy.
Mule Mix will also keep fertilizer and water from leaching in sandy soils. Mule Mix is great for wet or dry areas.
Cotton Burr Compost will add water-holding capabilities to the soil by adding organic matter to the soil.
Cotton Burr Compost will soften up clay as well as give sandy soil nutrient-holding capacity.
Cotton Burr Compost is very high in nutrition and will also help increase populations of beneficial organisms in the soil.
All the above products will help conserve moisture as well.
Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a federal law.
Bill Lamson-Scribner can be reached during the week at Possum's Landscape and Pest Control Supply. Possum's has three locations: 481 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant (843-971-9601), 3325 Business Circle in North Charleston (843-760-2600) or 606 Dupont Road, in Charleston (8430766-1511). Bring your questions to a Possum's location, or visit us at www.possumsupply.com. You can also call in your questions to “The Garden Clinic,” Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. on 1250 WTMA (The Big Talker). The Horticulture Hotline is available 24/7 at www.possumsupply.com.