Tag: organic fertilizer

Organic fertilizers are fertilizers derived from animal matter, human excreta or vegetable matter. (e.g. compost, manure). In contrast, the majority of fertilizers are extracted from minerals (e.g., phosphate rock) or produced industrially (e.g., ammonia). Naturally occurring organic fertilizers include animal wastes from meat processing, peat, manure, slurry, and guano.

Composting Renaissance

Composting Renaissance

Shannon Leavitt says he can’t produce enough compost to satisfy all of the customers who ask for it.
For 18 years, Leavitt has owned the Natural Fertilizer Co. in Wildorado, TX, which he says was started by Fletcher Sims, “the father of mass-production composting,” in the late 1960s.
Annually, the Natural Fertilizer

Composting Renaissance

Composting Renaissance

Shannon Leavitt says he can’t produce enough compost to satisfy all of the customers who ask for it. For 18 years, Leavitt has owned the Natural Fertilizer Co. in Wildorado, TX, which he says was started by Fletcher Sims, “the father of mass-production composting,” in the late 1960s. Annually, the

The Science of Seeds

The Science of Seeds

“If you go to the basic biology of it, there are two basic principles,” says Mark Fiely, horticulturist at Ernst Conservation Seeds. “The new roots lock the soil in place and the leaves reduce the velocity of the rain.” Fiely always recommends planting diverse species. While some may have taproots

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

Anyone who’s worked with a containerized plant has seen evidence of how strong plant roots can be. Adhering tightly to the soil, roots form a living net of fibers that often require a sharp knife, or ax, to rend. Of course, with any erosion control project, plant materials (especially those

The Magic Is in the Mix

The Magic Is in the Mix

During the Middle Ages, alchemists were convinced that they had the solution to the world’s problems. All they had to do was figure out the formula for the right mixture. They were trying to turn ordinary substances, particularly straw, into gold. Hydroseeding is several centuries and much scientific knowledge removed

Plant It, Feed It, Sustain It

Revegetation of a site involves a variety of factors. Seed, soil amendments, and soil stabilization products must all work together to fulfill the design plan. Choosing the right ingredients is a challenge for any erosion control specialist. Getting a good stand of grass quickly is great, but not if the

Tough Hydroseeding Challenges

Tough Hydroseeding Challenges

Vegetating Ski Runs Beautiful Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border and is situated approximately 40 minutes from Reno, NV, and a little over three hours from San Francisco. Near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, on the California side, sits the historic small town of Truckee, home of the Northstar

Synergy in Planting

Synergy in Planting

Stony Creek Metropark The Metropark complex consists of a ring of 13 parks located along Michigan’s Huron and Clinton Rivers, forming a greenbelt around the Detroit metropolitan area. One of these Metropark facilities is known as Stony Creek, comprising 4,461 acres of scenic, hilly terrain, in addition to prairies and

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Revegetating an area is rarely achieved with seed alone. Climate, soil conditions, budget, and project deadlines are just a few considerations that contractors must initially make regarding mulch and soil amendment choice as they work to make the most of the seed they’ve selected. A requirement to use, native seed

Giving Plants a Fighting Chance

I t’s the rare construction site whose soil doesn’t need amending before vegetation is planted. To begin with, if a plot’s soil is exceptionally fertile, chances are it would have remained in agricultural or horticultural use, and would not have been dug up for a building or highway interchange. However,

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