Why Organic Matter should be a part of your Nutrient Management Program

Soil is composed of sand, silt, clay, and Organic Matter (O.M.). Though Organic Matter comprises only a small percentage of healthy soil (4-6%), it is what differentiates soil from dirt. Organic matter is very effective for enhancing germination and root development in new installations of seeds, sod, bulbs, annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs. O.M. Humus revitalizes compacted, organic matter deficient soils bringing life back to otherwise non-productive soils. O.M. is not designed to replace your existing fertility or control products but rather to maximize their effectiveness.

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Counteract chemical oxidation from fertilizers

When a chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or fungicide is applied to the soil, a small percentage of Organic Matter is oxidized, or burned away. After 100 years of chemical fertilizer applications, the Organic Matter levels of many soils have dropped to below 2%.  When there is not enough Organic Matter in the soil, soil simply doesn't work. This fact has driven land managers to rethink the way in which they fertilize their soil.