Monday, January 9, 2012


Get ready, another year of gardening is rapidly approaching. The weather has been super nice, so it is hard to believe it is winter. Try to avoid getting too much spring fever quite yet. Surely, we will get some cold, overcast, rainy days soon. If you are dying to do something outside in the yard, there are plenty of things you could do that will not harm your plants or turf if we get some freezing weather.

Before the holidays, I wrote about Excellerator. Excellerator has proven to be a great product for our Lowcountry soils. Another product that people had very favorable results from in 2011 was SeaHume G. SeaHume G is a combination of seaweed and humic acid.

SeaHume granular is formulated to enhance root formation, increase vascular strength, promote green color and reduce stress on turf, ornamentals, and vegetable plants. SeaHume G is a natural organic product and is non-toxic to humans, animals, and fish.

Humates do wonders for the soil. A few highlights are reduces thatch, increases water holding capacity, makes soil more friable, increases aeration of soil, makes insoluble nutrients in the soil into forms available to plants, acts as organic catalyst, increase viability and germination of seeds, accelerates cell division and root development, contains a lot of micronutrients, and increases photosynthesis.

Humates contain a high amount of carbon that is used as a food source by microorganisms in the soil. Microorganisms help the soil and in turn the plants and turf. A healthy population of beneficial microorganisms can make it hard for disease causing microorganisms to colonize and attack the plant. Microorganisms aerate the soil and make nutrients in the soil into a form that is available to the plant.

Seaweed is a great natural bio stimulant. These amino acids, carbohydrates, minor nutrients, major nutrients, and bio stimulants can really help your turf, flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables come out of dormancy in the spring.

At one soccer complex that had SeaHume applied in 2011, they used to have to replace 60 pallets of sod at the end of the season. In 2011, they only had to replace 7 pallets in basically the goal mouths. At another complex they went from 5 pallets down to a half a pallet in the goal mouths. The root structure of the grass plants was huge compared to years past on over 65 acres of fields we looked at.

If you have the need to apply something to your yard with this nice weather, give SeaHume or Excellerator a try. Your plants, trees, flowers, vegetables, and turf will thank you.

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