Dense network of fine plant roots

It could be easy to view Mycorrhizal fungi as a topical treatment — something with very localized and plant-specific benefits. After all, you apply inoculant root dips one by one, root zone injections one by one, and so on.

But in a living landscape, the benefits of Mycorrhizae can go beyond the individual plant and extend throughout a whole planted area.

Making Connections

Mycorrhizae are programmed to create win-win relationships. Making connections is their job: The symbiotic relationship between Mycorrhizae and their “host” plant is one, and the mutually beneficial relationship between Mycorrhizae and soil bacteria is another.

But when fungal hyphae have surrounded the root zone and begin stretching out even further, separate fungal colonies actually connect and develop relationships with each other.

Fewer Chemicals Required

This connection-making is one more way that using a natural Mycorrhizal approach is preferable to an overly chemical approach. N-P-K fertilizers aren’t “alive” so reapplication is always required. You can follow a schedule or just watch your plants for clues.

But because Mycorrhizae are living organisms creating beneficial two-way relationships with the plants above, they can be applied and left to live, grow and reproduce on their own!

We’re talking about activity at a microscopic level in many cases, so it doesn’t happen immediately. Thus each plant should get its own starting quantity of microbes. But then, given proximity and time, a lively Mycorrhizal colony under the soil will make connections all throughout a landscape.

When you do decide to apply more Mycorrhizae to your plants (in the spring, for example), you are invigorating what is already there and substituting a biologically sound strategy for an overly chemical one.

One More Connection

If all this is new to you, or you would like to dive deeper into positive soil biology for thriving plant life, may we suggest one more connection to make: Horticultural Alliance.

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