- May 4, 2017
- By Mike
- In Uncategorized
A lawn treatment or a lawn feed helps to keep your grass in great condition by providing major elements such as nitrogen, phosphate and potassium. But when your thatch levels are increasing it gives moss and disease a habitat to grow and establish in. A way to better manage your thatch development and overall health of your lawn and soil is by feeding the organisms of your soil web.
Turf grows in soil and things live in that soil such as fungi, bacteria, protozoa, nematodes and arthropods. When your thatch layer is increasing one way to better manage it is by feeding the bacteria and fungi in your soil so they can multiply and break down the dead matter in your lawn. Or by adding more of them if populations are low so if your thatch is growing its usually a sign populations are struggling.
Seaweed is and still is one of the best sources of nutrient for almost all plants. Seaweed contains over sixty different minerals and trace elements that help plants particularly when under stress. Such as during periods of attack, heat stress or having been damaged. Seaweed has been used for centuries as an organic fertilizer and still is one of the best organic feeds. With numerous beneficial bio stimulants its key ingredient is iodene which is an excellent disease suppressant. Another important addition are amino acids which are full of plant growth hormone activators encouraging growth.
Plants in this case lawn grass synthesize amino acids from primary elements. Carbon and oxygen obtained from the air and hydrogen from water in the soil (forming Carbo Hydrate) by the means of photosynthesis. When combined with nitrogen from the soil. Amino acids can be synthesized by collateral metabolic pathways. Only L Amino Acids are part of these proteins. Amino acids are essential in the synthesis of protein. Protein has an organisational purpose and are used to build the cells of the plant.
Turf plants absorb amino acids via the stoma (stomata a tiny opening or pore that is used for gas exchange). They are mostly found on the under-surface of plant leaves. And also absorb via the root so if the roots have been damaged in particular the mychorizal fungi in your soil that live symbiotically on your plant roots. Your amino acid and protein production during photosynthesis will be low. The same applies when the leaf on which the stomata are located become stressed or damaged.
Stress such as high temperatures, low humidity, high traffic, wear, etc. all have an effect on the turf plant metabolism, which results in a decrease in the quality of the turf, and an overall decline in turf health. By applying amino acids before, during and after these stress conditions, turf amino acids which are directly related to anti-stress have a role in prevention and recovery from stressful conditions.
Plants synthesize carbohydrates by photosynthesis, low photosynthesis results in slow or no growth. Chlorophyll is responsible for the facilitation of absorbing light energy. Glycine and Glutamic Acid are the essential metabolites in the process of the plants forming healthy leaf tissue and chlorophyll synthesis. Amino acids help to increase chlorophyll levels in the turf, leading to a higher degree of photosynthesis giving turf it’s healthy green and lush appearance. Again if plants are struggling to photosynthesis due to damage elements can be absorbed via the stomata to allow the plant synthesis.
The balance of the microbial population of the soil and its structure is a basic requirement for good mineralization of organic matter and also for good soil structure and nutrient mobility around the root zone. Amino acids have shown in countless studies in all forms of agriculture and turf maintenance, to drastically increase soil microbial population. When healthy one gram of soil contains can contain 10 billion soil microbes!
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