Monday, February 25, 2019

Some Good Organics Plus A Little More

Horticulture Hotline 02/25/19
By Bill Lamson-Scribner

This week I put out fungicide, post emergent weed killer, and preemergent weed preventer on my mother’s yard. I only got to the post emergent weed killer for my yard. Where I drive around the fungus has gone crazy in lawns. If your grass has blotches of different shades of brown instead of a uniform brown color, you could have fungus attacking your turf. All these warm, high humidity days have been perfect for fungus. As your grass is “greening up” or “in transition”, it is especially susceptible to disease.

Certain foods or other items just go together. Vanilla ice cream and pecan pie (hot apple pie, hot brownies, hot chocolate chip cookies, a bowl…) and a topping of whipped cream go well together. Wines with certain foods or champagne with dessert are common pairings. Oysters and beer on a cool evening. March Madness Basketball and chicken wings go great together. Hamburgers and hotdogs on the Fourth of July are a National tradition. I’m sure you get the idea. In landscaping and pest control there are some products that do much better when paired with another product or two.

Right now as the lawn, shrubs, and trees are emerging into another growing season, a combination of SeaHume, Cotton Burr Compost (or Flower Amendment) and Black Castings will give your yard a nice organic nutritional boost (unlike a Red Bull, Randy). These products alone will do great things for your grass, trees, and shrubs; however, if you combine them, look out. Some people will use them across their whole yard, others will target weak plants, weak turf, just their front yard or their favorite tree or plant.

SeaHume G is a combination product of its own. Seaweed and humic acid are two great products that go great together. The Seaweed is full of minor nutrients, amino acids, gibberellins, and many other plant nutrients. The Seaweed also feeds the microorganisms in the soil, helps the plant grow deep roots. Deep roots help with compaction, drought tolerance, wear tolerance and they give the plant the ability to gather more nutrients because the roots cover more area. The humic acid in SeaHume G helps create a rich, fertile, soil structure by modifying physical and chemical properties of the soil. Humic acid helps root growth and makes nutrients that are tied up in the soil available to the plant.

Cotton Burr Compost is very high in nutrition (some other composts are good filler but add little nutritional value). Plants and turf love it. Cotton Burr Compost provides a great ‘hotel’ for microorganisms in the soil. One of the biggest benefits of Cotton Burr Compost is that it lasts up to and in many cases over 2 years in the soil. Most other organic amendments are decomposed in 30 days or so depending on the microorganisms in the soil.  

Black Castings are Mother Nature’s purest form of natural organic slow release plant food produced by earthworms. Black Castings are full of beneficial microbial populations and the food to support good soil biology. They enhance plant growth and stress recovery (wear, insect, disease, cold damage). Black Castings will make fertilizer work better and in many cases, you can reduce the amount of fertilizer applied.

Possum’s Wetting Agent is the whip cream, helping water penetrate the ground better, so you use less water and less water runs off into our storm water drains, lakes, rivers, creeks, ditches and other bodies of water. Your water will stay on your property better.

The cherry on top would include SeaHume liquid and its many attributes.

Whether you are after fleas, roaches, or bedbugs, the use of a growth regulator with an adulticide will increase your success by breaking up the life cycle of the pest.  Another great pairing.

Try this cocktail or sundae, I think you and your plants and your grass will love it!! Your pest will hate it!!

Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a Federal Law.