Mycorrhizae — The Underground Route To Healthy Landscapes
The Landscaper's BioNutrition Granular
Chances are you've seen subways in the movies or on TV...
Like the ones in New York or in London. Maybe your city has an underground railway.
Imagine riding the steep escalators down, deeper and deeper into the earth. The wind and the sounds of the trains carrying up stairways. Down below you can find stores, and street musicians. Newsstands. Maybe a shoeshine stall. And everywhere, people, going places.
A complex underground network. Interconnected. Supporting the city above.
Soil has a complex underground system too...
Yes, soil supports the roots and provides water. But healthy soil also contains lots of beneficial microscopic components.
700% Increase in Nutrients
Interested in a simple way to increase nutrient and water uptake in your plants by 700%?
Have you heard of mycorrhizae? It's a naturally occurring fungus. When we disrupt the topsoil, we disrupt the mycorrhizae.
Plants and mycorrhizae have a symbiotic association. The fungi break down organic matter in the soil and make the additional micronutrients readily available to the plant. Especially phosphorus. And the fungi receive necessary sugars from the roots.
Mycorrhizal fungi are the main reason forests prosper. They've been found in fossils over 300 million years old.
More Water Available The mycorrhizae create a mat of hyphae strands, a very fine 'root' system. It forms a secondary root system for most plants.
Imagine the roots of your plant like the tines on a rake. Now imagine the fungus hyphae surrounding them like a thick mop – see the difference? Can you picture the increased water availability?
Short roots of pine seedlings forming connections with one another through Mycorrhizal strands.
Picture credit: Jim Deacon, The University of Edinburgh.
Tree Planting Losses Down from 9.2 to 1.3 Let's also look at first year survivability. One of my large scale tree installers went from a 9.2 loss rate down to 1.3 on installed trees, using Landscaper's BioNutrition™. When you're planting hundreds of trees a day, it can add up.
Benefit Your Whole Landscape Soils properly prepared with Landscaper's BioNutrition™ increase the health and the appearance of all your landscaping components. It's essential for reducing transplant stress.
We all know healthy soil increases the vitality of plants. From seeded lawns or sod, ornamental beds, trees and shrubs – there is an Effective Mixing Rate for them all. Trees need just 4 oz. per caliper inch.
How Do You Use It? The mixing zone is critical. The fungi need roots to survive. They have only 3 to 4 weeks after emerging, to reach and colonize around the roots.
For tree transplants, simply mix The Landscaper's BioNutrition™ granular product with some backfill soil and put it in contact with the root ball. Always consider that most tree roots are located in the top 8 inches of the soil.