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Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by TEXAS DEALER, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. TEXAS DEALER

    TEXAS DEALER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    Has anyone used any of growth products soil conditioners
    like essential plus or companion?
     
  2. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    Texas Dealer,
    I use a similar product called Adams Earth made by PLANT FOOD COMPANY in cranbury N.J. It has the sugars,hormones,humic acid...ect. I add it to my deep root feeding program when organic matter is <5 % and also on sandy soil with Low Cation Exchange. It works Very well under these conditions!

    Pete D.
     
  3. slader

    slader LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Are u sure that know what u are doing????
     
  4. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 327

    Essential Plus seems to be a fantastic product. Don't know about the price but the ingredients are right up my alley. Read about it at...
    http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/t01_pages/tt_pdf/1013 Arbor Care FOD 03.pdf

    Companion, on the other hand, is a "one-note Johnny." It has one bacterium in it, and who knows if your soil needs it? Read about that product at...
    http://www.growthproducts.com/docs/companion_microbial_inoculant_turf.pdf

    Then there is this quote in the blurb,
    Companion is a unique liquid microbial inoculant containing beneficial soil bacteria spores (Bacillus subtilis GB03). It is the only patented liquid microbial product, and the unique formulation keeps the spores stable for more than two years.

    The reason this is the only patented product is the other manufacturers are smart enough to not divulge their methods of extracting and storing microbe spores. When you patent your process, you divulge the process. Ask Colonel Sanders about patenting your process!!
     
  5. TEXAS DEALER

    TEXAS DEALER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I sell it for $100.00 for a 2.5 gal mixes 2 to 5 oz. per1k.
     
  6. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    Companion will be labeled as a bio fungicide, if it hasn't been already that is. It has tested greater than 50% control on many lawn diseases. Very cheap product as well. Also claims to reduce the amount of chemical fungicides applied per k if mixed with them. I guess thats why they call it Companion. Growth products seems to be a quality company. Nice website too.
     
  7. TEXAS DEALER

    TEXAS DEALER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    where do you get it cheap? it cost me $190.00 for a 2.5 gal.
     
  8. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    $190 for 2.5 gallons comes to $2.37 per thousand square feet @ 4 oz per K if my math is correct. $2.37 is cheap compared to many fungicides.
     
  9. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    i have used essentials and bolster both work rather well and cost about the same
     

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