The expectation of poor fertilizer efficiency often results in excessive application rates.
Yet excessive application rates can contribute to poor fertilizer efficiency. The practice is wasteful and may result in environmental hazards such as salt build up and leaching of nitrates into ground water. Excessive amounts of nitrogen can lead to what is known as nitrogen toxicity.
The practice often ends up being a circular problem. Over application of fertilizer can result in rapid loss of soil humus and deterioration of soil structure which leads to poor plant health which leads right back to over application of fertilizer.
The problem goes even further. As the soil structure deteriorates, so does the ability of the soil to function properly. Air flow is diminished and that leads to poor water flow through the soil, which leads to standing water, which leads to build up of harmful fungus and to poor distribution of fertilizer, which leads to poor plant health, which leads back to over application of fertilizer.
When we look at the whole system, a system of organic material, earthworms, insects, microbes, etc. we can take steps to bring balance back to the soil. Microbial activity is a good starting point and anything that will help improve this activity will help improve the soil.
Increasing microbial activity helps to open the soil creating a more inviting environment for earthworms root development, etc. Products HumicGreen offer, such as ClayMend, are designed to improve soil health, soil structure, improved aeration and improved water usage which starts to bring balance back to your soil. This leads to improved air flow, water usage and fertilizer efficiency that can all help to bring fertilizer application rates back to normal.Learn More About ClayMend Today