Plants have evolved for millions of years without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Why are plants so healthy in the forest? The answer is a deep layer of decomposed leaves and twigs which create the food source for soil organisms. Beneficial fungi, protozoa, bacteria and nematodes create a “soil food web” which decomposes these materials and turns them into nutrients.
What is Compost Tea?
We brew our own tea from high quality compost. The brewing process takes place in a special apparatus for 20 to 36 hours in a temperature controlled and highly oxygenated environment. The resulting “compost tea” is pumped into a special sprayer and applied to your property.
Compost tea is widely used in agriculture for very good reasons:
- It increases your plants’ natural defenses against insects and diseases
- It promotes natural plant growth with organic nutrients
- It builds soil structure so that roots, organisms, water and oxygen can move freely
- It decomposes toxins which have built up in soils
- It improves water holding capacity of soil and increases the drought tolerance of your plants
Harvard University uses compost tea with amazing results. Read the New York Times Article.
The amount of organic matter in your soil is crucial. Good soil is comprised of 5% organic matter. Soil microbes mostly live within this 5% component, where nutrients are cycled or stored. If we determine that your soil has less that 5% organic matter, we may prescribe compost topdressing, probably more than once.
Here’s what you get from compost topdressing:
- Improved soil structure, which means better rooting opportunities for your plants
- Buffer pH, which may eliminate or reduce the application of lime to your lawn
- Increased turf density, translating to less weeds
- The gradual release of nutrients, reducing big flushes of growth
- Less pests and a reduced need for pesticides