What are your biggest concerns when it comes to managing your landscape? Many land management practices and products are developed to deal with compaction, erosion, weed control, water conservation, land conservation, and more. In the Rocky Mountains, we have no shortage of challenges during our growing season. The Soil Food Web is what drives natural processes and controls these variables in healthy soil. Our liquid Compost Extract and Compost Tea works with the Soil Food Web to reach your goals, whether you’re looking to turn your compacted dirt back into the soil or if you just want to give your plants a boost. There is no wrong time to use the Soil Food Web approach.
The Ground UP is one of the ONLY companies in Colorado with training in every aspect of Compost Extract/Tea creation, assessment, and application. We know how to get the proper amount and diversity of organisms we need, how to deliver them, and how to ensure they are doing their jobs.
Compost Teas and Extracts have been around for quite some time, but the standards of “good” compost teas and extracts are constantly improving. The scientific literature backing up the Soil Food Web and liquid amendments are growing at a staggering rate. At a time, soil scientists were only concerned with the chemistry of the soil. Now we know that biology and chemistry TOGETHER tell the story of the soil beneath our feet.
Applications of Compost Extract and Compost Tea are quick, efficient, and affordable. Don’t spend countless hours and dollars on synthetic products that accumulate salts and deplete the Soil Food Web, thus forcing you to purchase that product and continue the vicious cycle.
Our favorite method to apply compost extracts and teas on large areas of land is via a pressurized spray gun directly onto plant and soil surfaces. Our equipment is specially designed to not harm the beneficial microbes as they are being transported to your plants and soil. We douse plants on ALL plant surfaces, including stems, stalks, trunks, branches, leaves, fruit, and seeds. The beneficial Fungi and Bacteria held in our extract/tea IMMEDIATELY adhere themselves to plant and soil surfaces the moment they impact with them. They achieve this with their own natural glues and hyphae strands.
Remember that compost extracts and teas are free of human pathogens, so treated fruits and vegetables are totally safe for consumption.
Deep Root Feeding
For trees and larger shrubs, we like to apply a direct root feeding of our liquid amendments. We use a probe to inject tea directly into the soil at the depth of the roots we are treating. This helps break up compaction, feed the root system and quickly deliver microbes where they may have a hard time getting.
Just like with a foliar spray, the beneficial fungi and bacteria adhere to the surfaces of the roots of your plants. While they are there, the roots begin trading sugars with them for nutrients. The plant sends “exudates” filled with sugar out through its root system and the microbes eat them up in exchange for nutrients like Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Magnesium, you name it!
This symbiotic relationship happening at the root ensures the precise amount of nutrients are delivered at the precise rate that your plant desires! No plant in the wild has ever needed fertilization, and this is the reason why!
This application method is particularly beneficial for sterile, compacted soils. Here in the Rocky Mountains, our soil composition is high in clay and often hard-packed. These clay particles are so small that they can stick together and form a hard barrier. Clay particles can form a hard surface comparable to concrete. This makes it impossible for roots to grow deeper and stresses them out. Remember that deeper roots mean healthier plants.
The microbes in the liquid amendment sit on top of the soil surface and slowly percolate down as much as the soil allows. Over time, they begin to break up the compacted soil particles by creating “aggregates,” or clumps of soil particles. These aggregates are big, rough and don’t clump with other aggregates so easily, so they create channels for organisms to breathe and reproduce in.
You may consider adding Sandy or Silty amendments to make your soil less clay-heavy, but, in truth, this will only address one aspect of your soil’s health. In order to have a truly healthy soil structure, the Soil Food Web must be active and thriving. Even perfectly structured soil does us no good if there is no biology within.