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Old 02-19-2012, 03:39 PM
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So, with all those things in mind, the point is, Turn the thatch into SOM(Soil Organic Matter) and let the watering system perfect the habitat of the fungi/bacteria that feeds and waters the grasses.
It is not strange that the same watering practices that optimize beneficial microbial growth provides excellent moisture/air ratio for the rhizosphere as well...

You want the thatch to disintegrate at the same time you want the root hairs to recycle that disintegrated material.
This is the most efficient and mutually beneficial system observed in healthy turf growth as anything else one may expect.

Hydroponics is very intensive, but fails to produce essential sugars for 'flavor'.
Herbicides eliminate competition, but not w/out side effects.
Fertilizers can produce rapid growth , but operate on a feast or famine cycle of artificiality...

Our best judgement involves,

*1...augmenting natural soil fertility w/out *2...creating a chemical dependancy... These are 2 very different and opposites systems of soil building.
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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