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Old 08-02-2013, 12:24 PM
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"... • In the beds treated with compost tea, root length was an average of two to four times longer than in the beds treated with chemical fertilizer, making those areas more resistant to drought and other environmental stresses. ..."

One thing that is happening here is that the soil structure, with OM,, is increasing INTO deeper depths of the soil profile allowing water soluable nutrients/microbial life to perculate AND have air, allowing roots to grow deeper...
That is exactly the OPPOSITE of living thatch formation found on over-fertilized and over-watered turf...
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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