#1 Plant the right plant for the site
Don’t ask a plant to do something it’s genetically not designed to do. Instead, use natives or adapted varieties. Use plants that like the area you are planting.
#2 Stop using bad fertilizers and chemical pesticides
These items weaken the soil, the plants and kill your allies like Earthworms, good insects, and good microorganisms. Without your allies, problems are compounded.
#3 Add organic matter whenever possible
Mulch/Compost all bare areas. Leave grass clippings on Turf. Add compost regularly to all beds.
#4 Use organic fertilizers and add quality organic amendments regularly
Organic Fertilizers increase Microbial life, improve soils and provide the BEST nutrition for plants. Quality organic amendments, like Humates and Micro Minerals create energy in the soil, increase Microbial activity and provide long term release of valuable minerals, many of which are not available in synthetic fertilizers.
#5 Increase oxygen in your soils
By adding Compost & Organic Fertilizers-soil structure is improved allowing a better flow of Oxygen around the roots. Aerate turf areas regularly. Plants need oxygen more than they need nitrogen.
#6 Balance the pH and adjust the minerals in your soils to proper levels
For plants to work at the optimum, they need a balanced pH and minerals at the right levels. For example, we generally want a 5 to 1 Calcium to Magnesium ratio. Make use of soil tests and adjust accordingly.
Avoid Monoculture of crops and plantings. Encourage a rich diversity of animal life like beneficial insects.
#8 View pest insects and diseases as indicators
Pest insects and diseases are the symptoms of a deeper problem. It’s not natural for a healthy plant to have problems. Find out what’s really wrong and why the plant is under stress.
#9 Spray Fish / Seaweed / Molasses / Humic Acid Concentrates everywhere
Nothing beats this combination for plant nutrition, plant stimulation, and disease and pest insect resistance.
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