25 May 2021

What are Phosphites?

What are Phosphites? A simple definition: A Phosphite (H3PO3) is a Phosphate (H3PO4) with one less oxygen (O) molecule.   That missing oxygen molecule makes Phosphites vastly different from Phosphates.   Phosphate is the phosphorous (P) in NPK fertilizers.   Phosphite is more soluble than Phosphate. This makes foliar and root uptake more efficient. It slowly converts to phosphorus following an application to roots or foliage and also offers additional unique benefits:   1. Works as a biodegradable fungicide to help protect plants from Phytophthora and armillaria root rot.   2. Can be applied as a direct application to open wounds or bleeding cankers on trees to help speed healing.   3. As a soil application, it enhances plant resistance to stresses induced by drought, water logging, disease, and insect infestations.   4. Reacts with soil bacteria to produce mycorrhizae...

13 May 2021

Humates

What are Humates? Humates (humic acids) are the result of the decomposition of plant and animal tissue in the soil.  This final decomposition (humate) creates complex molecules which provide a variety of benefits to soil and plants. For more information click this link. Plants grown in humate rich soil produce better growth, better nutrient uptake, and are less subject to stress. Humates increase soil water holding capacity, holding up to seven times their volume in water. Humate molecules attach to plant roots and enhance the uptake and efficiency of nutrients. Humates stimulate root growth and development, thus speeding up establishment of newly planted trees, shrubs, and turf. Although humate is not a fertilizer, it complements a good fertilizer program. In soils, especially those lacking in organic matter, it is often advantageous to supplement the humate profile. ‘Doggett’s Natural Resource’ product...

28 Apr 2021

Stablized Nitrogen (SNT)

Stabilized nitrogen is a management tool that slows the rapid release of nitrogen. Nitrogen is the primary element in any turf grass and landscape management program. Nitrogen is expensive and also requires frequent re-application due to leaching and volatilization. . This extends the time of nutrient availability to the plant. This then reduces the number of applications, saving both valuable time and money. Stabilized nitrogen (SNT) works in 2 ways: 1. Urease, an enzyme, slows the conversion of urea to ammonium. By slowing this conversion, it retains more nitrogen as plant available ammonium. The less N converted to ammonia gas, the less lost to volatilization. 2. Nitrification inhibitors work by slowing the microbial conversion of ammonium to nitrate. This helps prevents leaching of N along with the reduced volatilization. Stabilized nitrogen is a management tool that slows the rapid release...

22 Apr 2021

Micronutrients

Micronutrients  are plant nutrients essential for optimum plant growth, but required in small amounts. Most complete fertilizers contain 6 micronutrients, and the percentage of each is critical to prevent toxicities and/or deficiencies. These include: 1: Boron (B) – Aids in the differentiation of plant cells, and also regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates. 2: Copper {Cu) – Activates several essential enzyme systems in plants. 3:  Iron (Fe) – Required for the formation of chlorophyll, and also controls the synthesis of indoleacetic acid, a plant growth regulator. 4:  Manganese (Mn) – Assists iron in chlorophyll formation.  High levels of Mn may induce Fe deficiency.  This symptom is sometimes called Mn toxicity. 5:  Zinc (Zn) – An essential component of several enzyme systems.  Like Fe, it also controls the synthesis of indoleacetic acid. 6:  Molybdenum (Mo) – Required by plants for utilization of...

29 Mar 2021

Why Fertilize Trees and Shrubs?

Why do we fertilize trees & shrubs? Especially in the urban landscape setting, trees, as well as shrubs and ornamentals are the most valuable asset on the property. Promotes health, vigor, color and growth of landscape species. Simply to mimic the forest floor. Here is an article on the value of trees. Characteristics & Functions of Roots are as follows: Three Primary Functions • acquisition of soil-based resources: water & nutrients • plant anchorage • food (carbohydrate) storage Secondary Functions • synthesis of growth regulators • plant propagation • tubers • root buds • suckers Effect of N on Root : Shoot Ratios Fertilizers (nitrogen) generally stimulates shoot growth more than roots. This results in decreased root : shoot ratios Question:If soluble (coated) nitrogen sources contribute N faster vs. MU/UF, can they limit root growth; root; shoot ratios? Bottom Line:...

22 Mar 2021

Manganese (Mn) in Trees & Shrubs

Manganese (Mn) plays an important role in plants..  Considered a micro-nutrient, it is one of the essential nutrients required for growth. Plants depend on it to aid in photosynthesis, chloroplast formation, nitrogen metabolism and synthesizing enzymes. Tissue testing is an excellent way to determine if a tree or shrub is Mn deficient.  Certain trees are inefficient in utilizing Mn. Even though it can occur in any plant species, the most common are pin oaks, maples, dogwoods and river birches. Signs or symptoms would be pale green or yellow leaves with darker green veins. Mn deficiency is a serious, widespread plant nutritional disorder.  It is often found in dry, well-aerated and calcareous soils, as well as in soils containing high amounts of organic matter.  Bio-availability of Mn can decrease far below the level that is required for normal plant growth To...

22 Feb 2021

Mycorrhizae a Living Body Within Your Plants

Mycorrhizae a Living Body Within Your Plants. Planting, whether you are doing it as a hobby, to kill some time and relax, an ingredient resource for cooking, for livelihood, for the beautification of your own spaces, or simply because of your green thumb, whatever motivates you to start and keep going, I'm sure that you'd like to hear and know more about the amazing processes behind the growth of your cherished plants. Did you know, particularly, land plants have their way of coping mechanism? Yes, you heard it right! Plants also behave as an actual person does. They have their means of surviving and living their way through the ecosystem. Have you ever heard of Mycorrhizae? It's most likely that you'll find it unusual to see these letters combined in just one word. Just how rare you'll bump into this...

17 Feb 2021

Organic Fertilizer a Natural Diet

Organic Fertilizer a Natural Diet for the Greens, if you will be asked about your "Gardening 101" experience, this is probably one of those first answers you'll pitch! The most common, easy, and natural way of feeding our plants: through organic fertilizer. It is easy to discuss and share this common knowledge from our personal experiences in planting/gardening. It might be from our parents, family members, friends. It can be from school-related activities and projects that involve growing plants or even trees. Not to mention, you might also gain this source of knowledge from a group of people who are educated through undergoing and actively practicing the usage of organic fertilizer. It will come out naturally. It's as if it's the source of truth in agriculture in rural (countryside) areas. Now hear me out while I share some friendly tips...

11 Feb 2021

What is biochar and how does it help?

What is biochar and how does it help? Simply put, biochar is a highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal. It was originally used as a soil amendment. Scientists theorize biochar was first used in the Amazon Basin thousands of years ago.  In this area, there are extensive regions of dark, highly fertile soil known as terra preta were discovered, revealing high concentrations of biochar and organic matter. How It Works BioChar works very well in a "charged" state. Meaning, blended with a compost source.  Make it easier to handle, spread better.  Works with composted materials to make nutrients available and feed micro-organisms. Doggett's Myco-Starter 3-3-3 is a perfect combination with biochar.  Contains poultry compost, endo & ecto mycorrhizae for roots.  Perfect for amending and improving soils. While the Brazilian tradition provides long-term evidence of biochar’s positive impact on soils, recent research continues...