Check out a couple of organic-based solutions to your ornamental nutrition needs.


The Performance Nutrition® Division of LidoChem Inc. offers NutriSmart® among its products for turf and ornamental managers. NutriSmart® is a patented, OMRI Certified environmentally friendly microbial fertilizer and soil amendment developed by CK Life Sciences Products Ltd. NutriSmart® is pan granulated and provides humate, humic acids, patented strains of microbes and microbial activators to the soil.

NutriSmart® microbes – with their proteins, enzymes and metabolites – enhance and improve soil fertility, bioactivity and subsequent nutrient use efficiency. This improves Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) of conventional chemical and organic fertilizers.

NutriSmart® is scientifically proven for phosphate solubilization, potassium decomposition and nitrogen fixation. It retains soluble fertilizers in the soil and reduces leaching while increasing moisture holding capacity. It increases root growth and plant uptake of nutrients. NutriSmart® can be blended with granular fertilizers at rates up to 50 percent, which means a pound-for-pound replacement of conventional and organic granular fertilizers – while maintaining its efficacy in the soil for up to five months. NutriSmart® doesn’t have to be handled or stored differently than other granular products and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Dr. Roger Webb, a retired forest pathologist with the University of Florida, tested NutriSmart® on a planting of pindo palm that was in evident distress following intensified cultural practices; herbicidal residue was suspected. “The positive results from NutriSmart® combined with slow-release fertilizer on poor-quality soils at my farm has been an exceptionally cost-efficient means of restoring palm growth while rehabilitating contaminated soil and improving soil microbial dynamics,” Webb says. “Additionally, the humate carrier in NutriSmart® adds much-needed organic matter to my sandy soils improving water retention and eliminating the need for drip irrigation. As a former University of Florida faculty member, I have been associated with forestry and ornamental horticulture for more than 30 years and have never witnessed such a dramatic improvement in plant quality provided by the NutriSmart®/fertilizer treatments on herbicide-contaminated soil.”

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Holganix Tree and Shrub Products is a 100 percent organic bionutritional product that promotes strong plant health by naturally increasing resistance to disease and insect damage through significant root and cell wall development. It also functions as a biostimulant by enabling plants to more efficiently uptake beneficial nutrients and pesticides. Significantly lower quantities of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides are needed to obtain the results previously only available through the use of traditional products. Holganix begins with a proprietary, patent-pending compost tea base that sets it apart from the competition. Unlike other biostimulants, it is a 100 percent plant-based organic compost tea, teeming with beneficial living microbiological organisms, adding lots of valuable nutrients to the soil. Holganix then incorporates many other bio-nutritional products that help improve plant life, including: endo- and ectomycorrhizae; trichoderma; humates; and a secret sauce composed of a dozen other botanical extracts. In short, Holganix fosters robust plant growth while dramatically reducing the amount of chemicals you require to provide customers with the lush lawn and landscaping results they expect – all while helping to make the environment a better place for all.

Bill Hoke, president of NexGreen in Columbus, Ohio, says his company has been “using [Holganix] all this year in our lawn care applications, and we’ve been very pleased with the results. It has helped us lower our input rates on fertility, as well as herbicides, while we’ve been getting very good results. Very good root density, very good color response. Our lawns have never looked better; our customers are very happy. We’re looking at using as soil drenches later, and based on our experience with lawn care, we anticipate we’ll begin using Holganix with our tree/shrub program this fall.”

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