What Are Soil Amendments And Why Should You Use Them
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April 26, 2018
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Who's Responsible for these Dead Plants?

There is nothing more frustrating than losing beautifully landscaped beds of flowers, shrubs, trees, and plants. It represents time, money, and possibly your reputation (if you’re a landscape contractor)…. LOST. 

But it also speaks of responsibility. Who is responsible for these dead plants?

  • The property owner: Did the property owner fail to properly care for them? Did they even understand how to care for them in the first place?
  • The landscape contractor: Did the landscape contractor purchase the wrong type of plants for the landscape bed/area? Did he or she not plan properly for transplant shock? Did they purchase sickly plants?
  • The landscape architect:  Did the landscape architect specify the wrong types of plants for the prescribed landscape bed/area?
  • The nursery:  Did the nursery grow sickly or weak plants? Use the wrong products on plants while in their care?

We believe these are all good questions. But frankly, in order to fairly answer these questions, each individual situation would need to be analyzed and assessed.  One of the above,  a combination, or all of the above individuals could be responsible for the dead plants you are now faced with.

Let’s Ask a Different Question…

We would like to propose a different question—How Can We Avoid These Dead Plants In The First Place? This is perhaps a better question! Now, while we here at Horticultural Alliance can’t account for all of the above proposed scenarios (the human element!), we can share with you an ancient secret that will not only keep your plants from dying, but will get them thriving.

Mycorrhizae

To put it simply, mycorrhiza is the mutually beneficial relationship formed between fungi and plant roots that allows the plant to receive the nutrients it needs to thrive and allows the fungi to receive the sugars it needs to survive.

Mycorrhizal fungi grow through the soil by means of hyphae or roots. These “roots” are extremely filamentous and search through every tiny crack and crevice in the soil to absorb water and nutrients and then turn around and give this back to the roots of the plant. As this give and take continues, everyone wins…plants, fungi, and YOU.

When this powerful symbiotic relationship is present, many problems are overcome from diseases to transplant shock and so much more.

And we know, particularly for landscaper contractors, that transplant shock and stress is a constant battle you face! Overcoming this is critical to the health of your landscape design and your business!

We have dedicated many years to solving this problem of dying plants and our DIEHARD™ mycorrhizal products are created to help your installations adapt to their environment and grow like they were meant to do.

Our special line of products including transplant soil amendments, injectables, and bare root preparations will help inoculate landscape trees and shrubs, flower beds, established trees and shrubs, and bare root seedlings with live beneficial mycorrhizal fungi to help them survive the shock of transplant and live long and strong. Additionally, water management gel polymers can also help plants thrive by significantly reducing watering maintenance and providing for a more constant supply of water to the roots.

Unlocking the Mystery of Mycorrhizae

Science is just beginning to unlock the magic of mycorrhizal fungi! We have a long way to go to understand it fully, but we understand it enough now to know that it will do wonders for your soil and plantings.

Our special formulas of  endo- and ectomycorrhizae fungi will quickly colonize the roots of new transplants to create the optimal conditions for the roots to become mycorrhizal during the establishment period and beyond.

Our family of products are an investment that can return their cost several times over. In fact, in the long run, our products will save you money!  Learn to harness the power of mycorrhizae, the conductor of plant growth, and watch your plants THRIVE!