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Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles ~with Wes Ory, Heritage Lawns & Irrigation Wes Ory is owner and founder of Heritage Lawns & Irrigation in Kansas City, in business since 1995. Heritage Lawns prides themselves on being an earth-friendly lawn and irrigation company. Their focus is trying to do the right thing, whether it’s saving water with their irrigation services, or using organic fertilization practices. According to Wes, Kansas City has a real heavy clay soil that bakes down into brick every summer. Heritage Lawns had [...] Continue Reading →

How to Kill and Reseed a Lawn with Phydura

At Soil Tech we often get questions from people who want to get rid of their existing lawn and reseed with another variety. Many people want to know if they can replace a lawn without using harsh chemicals, and use an herbicide like Phydura instead. The short answer is "yes," and we have more detailed instructions below. In order to kill the existing lawn, mix 1 part Phydura with 2 parts water (2x1 ratio). Since there is only one shot to [...] Continue Reading →

Mike Kitchen: Living the Dream & Solving Environmental Issues at Teton Pines

Mike Kitchen: Living the Dream & Solving Environmental Issues at Teton Pines Mike Kitchen, CGCS is “living his dream.” After graduating with a turfgrass degree from Michigan State, he pursued his goal of managing a golf facility near a world-class ski area. After a few stints as an assistant super in the western USA, he landed his current position as superintendent at Teton Pines Golf & CC in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Now,16 years later, he counts his lucky stars. “I really do love my job and the management team here at Teton [...] Continue Reading →

Should You Mulch Your Garden or Farm?

Should You Mulch Your Garden or Farm? Mulching is a farming or gardening technique that involves covering the ground and planting into that soil cover or “mulch.” In a mulched garden or farm, you will rarely see any bare soil, and weeding and cultivating are kept to a minimum. Mulching serves many purposes. It is especially good at suppressing weeds. Without access to sunlight, a weed may sprout, but it will not grow. It needs light to fuel its photosynthesis processes. Another important advantage of mulching is [...] Continue Reading →

Bac-Pack Helps Superintendent Cut Fungicide Sprays by 65%

Bac-Pack Helps Superintendent Cut Fungicide Sprays by 65% When Mike Greene, GCS first came to the Downriver Golf Course in Spokane WA in early 2016, it was the year that the golf course turned 100 years old. (See a video of Mike describing his experience with Bac-Pack, or just keep reading to learn more.)  “This is a really old poa golf course," he says. "Lots of trees, lots of shade, and we came into really constant Fusarium pressure almost 12 months a year. We threw all the tools [...] Continue Reading →

Q&A How to Re-Start a Lawn Without Conventional Weed Killers

Q&A How to Re-Start a Lawn Without Conventional Weed Killers Q: I have a section of lawn that is in really terrible shape. I would like to kill the existing weeds and grass and start over, but this lawn is part of a playground area, so I don’t want to use conventional weed killers--can you help? A: Phydura is great for this type of situation. Choose a sunny day in fall or spring to spray and be careful that it does not drift onto humans, pets, or any plants you [...] Continue Reading →

Avoiding Algae Blooms from Fertilizer Runoff

Avoiding Algae Blooms from Fertilizer Runoff It’s an all-too-common occurrence--irrigation or rain water causing fertilizer to run off into nearby ponds and lakes. The turf is no greener, the plants no more lush, and fertilizer (and money) is wasted. And to top it all off, nearby ponds are polluted, leading to unsightly algae blooms. This pollution process has a long name: eutrophication. A Closer Look at the Problem of Eutrophication Eutrophication happens whenever a body of water becomes overfilled with nutrients thanks to runoff from the [...] Continue Reading →

New Sizes and Lower Prices on Natural Pest Control Products that Work!

Got Pests? Soil Tech can help. We specialize in pest control products that work and are safe for people, pets and the environment. New this week, we’ve got lower prices on some of our favorites and made smaller sizes available to make it easy for you to try them out.   CHASE MOLE Get rid of moles, armadillos, gophers or other burrowing pests with Chase mole products. The granules are available in quantities from 6-600 pounds and the liquid version [...] Continue Reading →

Plant Hormones and Root Development

Plant Hormones and Root Development What are plant hormones and why are they important? Here we will introduce a few common hormones and their functions, including cytokinins for root development. What They Are Plant hormones, also called phytohormones or plant growth factors, are signal molecules essential to plant growth. Unlike animals, which have glands to secrete hormones in the body, plants produce hormones in every cell, in low concentrations. These hormones have different functions in the physiology of the plant, from determining the formation of [...] Continue Reading →

How to Protect Beneficial Insects

How to Protect Beneficial Insects While there are many insects that are considered pests and may pose a threat to crops, there are many more insects that are actually beneficial to plants and eliminate other harmful insects. In this blog post, we’ll explain what beneficial insects are and how to protect and use them to benefit your crops. What are Beneficial Insects? Beneficial Insects are insects that perform positive functions in a growing environment. This commonly includes pollination or pest control. Beneficial Insects can occur [...] Continue Reading →