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Soil amendments can be extremely beneficial to our gardens. They can take on physical soil conditions, improve soil pH, improve soil nutrient storage, etc. Continue reading →
The term Life Abundant™ simply refers to a wide variety of life including life in the soil, life in the garden, life in our waters, life in the animals that surround us, and the life each of us are living.
News stories about the extensive damage excessive use of fertilizers have to life in our streams, gulfs and coastal waters are becoming more and more frequent. The existence of this damage testifies to the problem that is causing the damage but more significantly the sheer number of locations around the world that report such damage testify to how vast the problem has become.
For us at HumicGreen the term Life Abundant™ reminds us of our goal to restore and improve life that has been diminished or negatively impacted by the way we have used our lands. By making fundamental changes to the way we manage our lands we not only can reduce fertilizer pollution in our soil, fertilizer pollution downstream is reduced allowing natural ecosystems to be restored. As these systems recover the aquatic and animal life downstream can be restored. When we treat soil properly we can actually realize more abundant lawns, gardens and crops and more abundant health of our plants which leads to more abundant health for ourselves and life abundant all around us. More abundant plants also decrease the amount of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and exchanges it for the oxygen we breath.
Nitrogen pollution has been identified as one of the causes of the extensive widespread damage to our waterways. The philosophy that a little nitrogen is good then a lot must be better just doesn’t hold water. In fact, excessive nitrogen fertilizer application to soil can actually impede plant growth. When the soil is watered with an irrigation system or naturally as rain, excess nitrogen can be leached out of the soil with the water. As we all know water flows downward, down into the soil, down into the ground water and down into our streams, tributaries, rivers, lakes, estuaries, gulfs and coastal waters and the nitrogen flows right along with it.
Nitrogen in these waters can create algae blooms which not only make the water toxic but as the algae dies the decay process removes oxygen from the water. This can devastate aquatic life in the streams, in the rivers and all the way to the ocean. As aquatic life is depleted, the animals that rely on it are impacted.
Nitrogen rich runoff may originate from farms or it may come from our home lawns and gardens, but the result is the same, diminished life. As stated earlier, nitrogen is just one thing that can cause ecological damage. It is this kind of damage to our environment that has motivated us to develop products that will work to help restore these ecosystems in order to achieve Life Abundant™.
When we think of excessive amounts carbon dioxide (CO2), our reaction for a solution may be to restrict anything that produces carbon dioxide such as automobiles, power plants, beer, etc. However, there is another way to address atmospheric carbon dioxide and that is with plants.
Here’s how it works. Plants take in and utilize carbon dioxide through a process we are all familiar with called photosynthesis. Those plants return some carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere but the photosynthetic process converts much of the carbon dioxide into carbon rich plant structures which we use for food, fiber, and building materials.
The amount of carbon that a plant uses is 45% to 50% of its dry weight. That’s a lot of carbon that comes out of the atmosphere and it explains why we call life forms on earth carbon based life forms. Oxygen, released into the atmosphere as a byproduct of photosynthesis, provides us the oxygen we need to live. When a plant dies the majority of the carbon in the plant is biologically decomposed and becomes soil humus. Plants act as a kind of cyclic pump, taking carbon from carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and eventually storing this carbon in the soil as plant nutrient rich humus which becomes fertilizer to grow another generation of plants. All of the carbon used to build plant structures comes from the atmosphere. The carbon that is returned to the soil can hold nutrients but it always stays in the soil.
We have just described a sustainable system through which potentially harmful carbon dioxide, released into our atmosphere from our highly industrialized society, can be processed and cycled through plants to produce our food supply and eventually returned to the soil to provide nutrition to grow another generation of plants. This microbially processed organic carbon or soil humus provides us with rich healthy soil, provides a reservoir of plant nutrients. It acts as a storehouse for atmospheric carbon, the carbon found in carbon dioxide.
More plant growth enhances this chain reaction resulting in better lawns and gardens while lowering amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and improves soil with higher amounts of humus. If you can double the growth of your lawn or garden, you will essentially process twice as much carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and the carbon will eventually end up stored in the soil while the oxygen returns to the atmosphere.
Some growers have teamed up with power plants to build their greenhouses adjacent to the power plants so that they can use the carbon dioxide from the power plant in growing their crops such as tomatoes. They can use excess heat generated by the power plant to heat their greenhouses and grow fruits and vegetables even in cold winter climates. This cooperation helps restrict carbon dioxide and heat from being introduced into the atmosphere while utilizing it for the growth of strong healthy plants.
We don’t have to attach our houses directly to a power plant. With a nice lawn and even a small garden you too can participate in the process of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide by improving the growth of your own lawn and garden plants and in time directing the carbon into the soil. So we can see how carbon dioxide makes the journey from tailpipe to atmosphere, from atmosphere to plant, and from plant to soil where it stays and becomes part of a system that will encourage even more soil productivity in the future.
Our products are designed to improve even the harshest soils so that they can be much more productive and will work to strengthen plant growth and overall health. As individuals we may just be trying to have a greener lawn and more beautiful garden but in doing so we are also participating in naturally balancing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Many garden and soil amendments require substantial efforts to use which, even if they were more sustainable, the difficulty in applying them discourages their use. In contrast the products we offer to achieve Life Abundant™ and Health Abundant™ not only tackle some of the most difficult soil problems, they are less of a burden to apply and are generally more effective and more sustainable than other amendments. We believe because there is less burden to achieve more life it will motivate more people to participate in achieving their own goals of Life Abundant™ and Health Abundant™. It may even result in being able to enjoy a little more time in the pool.
The products we offer help in our pursuit toward Life Abundant™ and Health Abundant™. Our soil amendment products not only protect the soil environment they work to improve it in ways that are Green, Clean and Sustainable™. Their benefits follow a natural progression from improved soil health to positive changes in plant growth and health, in air and water quality, in less pollution downstream helping restore ecosystems, and ultimately enhanced personal health and life style.
Some soils have a diminished ability to be productive. Others almost completely lack the ability to grow vegetation. Soils can be unproductive simply based on the type of soil such as clay soil. Other soils become unproductive based on their history such as soils that have been neglected, are declining due to excessive nitrogen from livestock operations, over fertilization or even pet urine, are impeded by natural or chemical toxins, or have natural challenges such as heavy clay or coarse sandy soils. Increasing the ability of difficult soils to be productive has been our goal, to address complex soil problems. Our products serve as ways to attain Life Abundant™ and Health Abundant™ by addressing these complex soil problems.
In addition they can help invigorate soil, provide some relief from heat and drought stress, improve seed germination and emergence, and enhance root growth.
Restores the ability of the soil to grow grass where excess nitrogen from dog urine can cause damage to lawns for more abundant quality of life for your lawn.
Restructure hard clay soil to allow for better root penetration. Opens soil to improve flow of air and water, and improve access of fertilizer for more abundant plant life.
Provides nutrients for beneficial soil microbes. Uses enzymatic activity to process nutrients including soil minerals for more complete balanced diet for plants. This leads to more abundant quality of life for both soil and plant.
Restores life to good soil that has been neglected, has diminished microbial activity, has been negatively impacted by excessive fertilizing, etc.
Helps improve the body of sandy soil to support more abundant plant life, improves nutrient holding capacity, and helps reduce fertilizer runoff.
Helps restore more abundant quality and quantity of life in soil that is impacted by toxins that are naturally occurring in the soil.
Returns old garden waste back to the soil eliminating the need for garden compost piles. Returns nutrients to the soil for more abundant sustainable quality of garden life.
Helps breakdown many chemical toxins such as construction chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides that may enter and damage the soil. Resuscitates damaged soil to productive soil so more abundant quantity and quality of life can grow.
Assists in root development and strength in early plant growth that translates to more abundant quality of mature plant life.
Reestablishes trace minerals in the soil where they have been depleted resulting in more abundant quality of life and health of plants that can lead to the same for us.
Restores productivity of pastures damaged by excessive waste from livestock for more abundant life for both plants and livestock. Controls excessive nitrogen runoff reducing nitrogen pollution downstream. Processes solid waste in livestock waste lagoons.
We stay pretty busy working on new ways to achieve Life Abundant™ and Health Abundant™. Check back with us from time to time to see what innovations we have in store.
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THANK YOU! This product has saved my life. I have been a home owner now for 2 years. I love my home but the biggest issue I was facing was standing water on the side of the house and across the back yard. After “storm” rain” I’m sure you can visualize the puddles of water just sitting. Sometimes it would take up to two days before the water would absorb into the ground. I did a consult for a french drain to mend the issues. Of course thousands of dollars. I’m so glad I decided to research products that could naturally help the issue. I found “Clay Mend”. I read the testimonials and I was still a little apprehensive but I figured its worth a try. So glad I did. I purchased the 8oz bottle. I applied two applications and IT REALLY WORKS! We have had some heavy rain in GA but I am so pleased to look out the window and not see water around my property. I have already purchased the 16oz bottle to apply another application right before fall. Thank you again!
My wife and I recently renovated a house and property that had been completely overgrown with lots of brush, briars, and poison ivy. We ended up clearing and regrading the property and it became very apparent that we had extremely heavy clay soil that did not drain well at all. Trying to grow a lawn was a disaster as we had standing pockets of water in areas that should have drained but didn’t, and the back of the property, where there were low spots and shade, just stayed swampy for weeks at a time and it was impossible to get lawn to grow there, or even to walk there without sinking up to your ankles in mud.
I found the ClayMend product on the web, and decided to give it a try even though none of my friends who were landscapers, or the people at the local gardening centers, had ever heard of it. I applied ClayMend twice during reseeding in the fall of 2018, and once in spring of 2019 and the difference is amazing. I no longer have any standing water anywhere; my “swamp” in the backyard is now usable property, has a lawn, and can be walked upon without sinking, even right after a rain, and my lawn and shrubs are very healthy. It has become a bit of a problem keeping up with the lawn cutting because it grows so fast, but I can live with that!
As a scientist I was skeptical about how well this might work, but the reasoning behind the product was sound. I did think it would probably take a few years for this to rehabilitate my soil, but it was apparent that it was working after the second treatment. I will continue to use this product because my ground can still use some improvement in certain areas, but the difference is truly incredible after only three treatments.
I would certainly recommend this product for anyone in a similar situation as it has allowed us to rehabilitate property that we thought was going to be a long-term nightmare. It greatly improved our soil drainage and helped us get a really healthy lawn started in a really short time.
[Note added by HumicGreen: John (Jack) R. PhD, FBSE, works at NYU and has worked to develop leading edge technology for the dental industry that will help improve the lives of millions of people. We want to acknowledge his contributions and accomplishments!]
Didn’t think your product Claymend would work. I set up an experiment to see if and how well it worked. I put equal amounts of clay from the same hole in two separate containers. Both given the same amount of water. One was treated with Claymend, the other was not. I set them in a window and waited. In only a couple weeks the difference was night and day! I couldn’t believe it! I even took pictures. Remarkable product!
At the time we adopted Blue we did not have grass in our back yard, I installed SOD last summer (ST. Augustine) so that Blue could enjoy running around on grass. At first, I was discouraged when our grass would completely die everywhere Blue urinated. I started using PetiGreen last year (about November), and it has been working pretty well for me (and blue). I intend on continued use of Petigreen to keep my lawn looking beautiful, and i have already recommended the product to several dog owners that i have come in contact with at our local dog park.
Baron and Baxter desperately hate winter! All winter long, they take one step off the patio and pee! It leaves us with a giant dead spot when spring arrives. I apply PetiGreen and seed it, and it’s back in no time!
It’s [PetiGreen] the only thing I’ve found to combat the stream of urine this guy produces! He is now 2 years old and weighs 85 pounds. I’ve seen him stand in one place for nearly 2 minutes emptying his bladder! Oy vey!
I love ClayMend and I have recommended it to many. My friend moved from Georgia to Tennessee and complained about standing water after rains and how hard the soil was to work because of clay. I told her about ClayMend and she ordered a large amount for their lawn and flower beds. I told my local Lawn and Garden store in Amarillo, TX about it because the soil here is thick, sticky clay when wet and hard as cement when dry. I have large flower beds around our fence line and next to our house. I lost new shrubs all of the time because they would get root rot from water not draining. ClayMend solved all of my problems!!! I applied it first in 2013 and to this day I have soft, workable soil. I ordered it again because I have a few trouble spots and it makes our grass look insane and my flowers are beautiful!!
With a family of basset hounds our backyard was taking its toll. Dead spots, yellow spots and dying grass was the yard. We started using PetiGreen in early Spring. By midsummer we had a good looking lawn again, with new growth and minimal burn spots. Now in September the yard is green once more.
We are extremely happy with your product.
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