Not all mycorrhizae brands are the same. Buy Smart.
Using beneficial soil microbes like trichoderma, beneficial bacteria, and mycorrhizae for trees and shrubs is new to the landscape industry.
For most of us in the trade buying fertilizer can be confusing at times. Do you buy the cheap bag at 10-10-10? Or do you spend a little more for the 20-20-20? Well, the sales guy says, that depends. Maybe you can do more sq.ft. with the 20-20-20 faster so it makes you more money.
Buying mycorrhizae for trees can be even more confusing so it’s no wonder folks get a little overwhelmed.
But there are a few things to consider when selecting a beneficial soil microbe amendment.
- Expiration Date – They are living organisms. Even though they are in a state of hibernation, they are still susceptible to high heat. Check the date and if there isn’t one move on. Keep them out of your car during the hot summer days and don’t store them in a steel shipping container on site either. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for mycorrhizae fungi.
- Broad Spectrum – If the brand has only one kind of organism like mycorrhizae or just bacteria, look for another brand with many different species of organisms like trichoderma, mycorrhizae, pseudomonas bacteria, and microbial foods like kelp and humid acid. Here’s an article about bacteria/fungi relationships.
- Ease of Use – Are the beneficial bacteria or fungi added to a giant bag of chicken fertilizer? One 8 oz. bag of DIEHARD™ Transplant equals 75 lbs. of Roots™ Healthy Start®. DIEHARD™ also includes trichoderma fungi, mycorrhizae, kelp, humic acid, and moisture gels.
The conclusion is that these products are not all the same and the choice should be made with all the factors in mind. Such as the amount of product needed to get the job done, the types of organisms used, and the actual cost per plant in a true side-by-side comparison.
8 oz. DIEHARD™ vs. 75 lbs. Healthy Start
Which do you want to carry around a job site?
HealthyStart vs DIEHARD™ transplant DOWNLOAD COMPARISON SHEET