Biostimulants and soil amendment products can be perceived to be just another added cost in an already tight maintenance budget. One must realize that many of the variables that affect a plant’s survivability lie below ground in the root system and surrounding soil. Sports turf, above all other turfgrasses, bears the brunt of high traffic. Turfgrass vigor and survivability is maximized anytime the entire root system and productivity of the surrounding soil can be enhanced. Biostimulants can be highly cost effective because they help to reduce other costs. Water cost can be lowered as soils improve and become more porous. Fertilizer and pesticide use can also be reduced as the plant becomes healthier and can absorb more nutrients.
Biostimulants and soil amendments, however, should never be considered as replacements for sound fertility and disease management programs. Biostimulants optimize plant health and vigor, while allowing them to withstand and better survive environmental and biological stresses, such as extreme temperatures, drought, traffic or fluctuations in soil fertility. It could be said that biostimulants are the growers “insurance policy,” but, in actuality, they are essential elements that deserve the same attention and credit as fertility, disease control and water.
The long term benefits biostimulants provide may not always be obvious, because most biostirnulants affect belowground systems-the rooots and the soil ecosystem. Growers who regularly use quality biostimulants can expect to see enhanced color, a general improvement in overall vigor, and soils that retain better nutrients and water. But when the going gets tough, and extreme heat and/or drought or other related environmental stress is at it’s highest, growers should see vast improvements in plant vitality and in the plants ability to recover · more rapidly and with far less damage. When reseeding, biostimulant users should also experience greatly improved germination and faster establishment of new turf.
Turf, soils and operating budgets will benefit tremendously if biostimulants are added and if regular and consistent applications are incorporated into a regular management program.
Pro-Soil Ag Solutions, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of natural soil nutrition and liquid plant food products that enhance the effects of fertilizer and stimulate plant growth, is driven by our mission to help farmers improve the health of their soils and the quality of the crops they raise.
Our products improve soil health by stimulating and feeding native microbial life in the soil which creates a higher yielding crop. To learn more about how you can increase photosynthetic inefficiencies, contact us today!