Mineralization going into fall

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by ICT Bill, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We are doing some trials this year on using a broad range of minerals and trace elements on turf to restore depleted minerals, does anyone else have any experience with this or use it as a practice

    I know I know compost has all of the elements and minerals you need, I do believe we can produce something to get great results at a minimal cost

    We have been working with some farmers that are using this as one of the main elements of their program and have great results. It is very common in bio-dynamic farming as well
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    We are up to recognizing 72 elements beneficial to plant growth, Is that True?

    I had also seen ads for pulverized sand being sold as containing those 72 elements, because they are all extant in the sand...

    How do we grasp the facts or fiction of what you guys are doing?

    Not putting you down in any way shape or form... I'm am curious ... :)
  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah I have always had an issue with that claim as well, sea salt supposedly has 72 elements as well. I guess I have never asked for the definition of an "element". I'll see if I can get a handle on that

    I am speaking about micro-nutrients and trace elements for example
    Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Silicon, Vanadium, Zinc

    wikipedia has this: In biochemistry, a trace element is a chemical element that is needed in minute quantities for the proper growth, development, and physiology of the organism.
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The idea is to have the soil nice and balanced in the late summer so that microbes and plants are at as much of their potential as possible going into the cooler season when everything slows down
  5. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Organic Approach has had a product called LC10+7 product for many years now that does what you mention. They've had great results with it.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Those would be some expensive soil tests,(analysing every Micronutrient's quantity) so if one could sell the complete bag of micros at a decent price it could be worth while...

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