ClayMend Questions and Answers
Do I need to work or turn the soil to apply ClayMend or can I just spray it on?
You do not have to work the soil when applying ClayMend, however, working ClayMend into the soil will accelerate the restructuring process. When applying ClayMend where you don’t work it into the soil you may consider applying a few frequent applications (every 5 or 6 weeks) to help accelerate the restructuring process maybe for the first year, then every couple of months as the soil improves eventually just a couple of times per year (typically spring and fall).
Applying ClayMend™ with an adjustable hose-end sprayer
Can I spray ClayMend on plants?
ClayMend can be applied where plants are growing including lawns. Since ClayMend works in the soil even though it won’t harm your plants you will want to make sure your rinse it off of your plant to get the solution into the soil so it can improve the soil.
How often do I need to apply ClayMend and for how long?
When irrigation water is high in salt as one might expect from well water or reservoir water you will want to use ClayMend every 6 weeks.
Just one application of ClayMend will result in some improvement of your soil. However you will get better results in plant growth with multiple applications. Where clay is extremely compacted and where the soil can be worked we recommend a heavy initial application of ClayMend, maybe 2 or 3 times normal, and then 5 or 6 times throughout the first and every couple of months the second year. After you notice significant improvement in your clay a spring and fall application should suffice.
Where clay is extremely compacted but existing plants restrict your ability to work ClayMend into the soil we recommend an application every 6 weeks for your first year. The following year we recommend every two months and after that twice a year.
Is ClayMend safe to use around Pets?
ClayMend is safe to use in areas where pets will be when used as directed. We recommend treating ClayMend as you would other fertilizer products keeping pets away while applying it. Since the product does not have any benefit until it is in the soil just make sure that you water it in wherever you use it and after that you can let your pets on those areas.
Can I use ClayMend around water features with fish (Ponds, etc.)
ClayMend can be used around water features such as ponds with fish and other aquatic creatures. It contains naturally occurring organic acids that occur in soil including the soil around the water. The microbial population that ClayMend encourages is aerobic so any residual microbes that may result in the population expansion and end up in the water would perish from the anaerobic environment of the water. As always, exercise good judgment when applying ClayMend by reducing water flow of the applicator around the water feature so that the soil amendment gets into the soil where it is beneficial and over spray is at a minimum. We recommend keeping a border of a foot or two from the edge of the feature. Over time the microbes in those areas should migrate to the untreated border.
What are the ingredients in ClayMend?
ClayMend is a soil amendment designed to improve clay soil using a proprietary blend of naturally occurring organic acids and soil microbes with a little nitrogen and sulfur.
Can I use PetiGreen and ClayMend at the same time?
Yes, you can mix PetiGreen and ClayMend together in the applicator bottle at the same time but you must use all that you mix at the time you mix them.
Do not dilute or mix products together and try to store them as the microbes may become active and react in the storage container and may leak or break the container.
Do not mix any HumicGreen products with other brands of products.
How do I apply ClayMend?
Apply ClayMend with a hose end applicator that is designed for liquids. Unlike many fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc. ClayMend does not rely in a ratio of product to water but instead is based on ounces of product per square feet of lawn regardless of how much water is used. We are only using the additional water as a carrier to give you more time to get the product out of the applicator and applied evenly to the area.
An example of a normal application covering 2400 sq. ft. would typically be to use 7 ounces of product and add some water to the product in the applicator. You could add 12 ounces of water or 20 ounces of water and it would not make a difference as long as you make sure it is all applied evenly over the 2400 sq. ft. area so that all 7 ounces of product are applied to the lawn.
Applying ClayMend™ with an adjustable hose-end sprayer
What type of Applicator should I use?
Will ClayMend harm grass seed or new grass growth?
ClayMend will help improve the soil and the microbial population so that grass seed will have an easier time germinating and the new glass will have an easier time establishing new roots. We recommend applying ClayMend before putting new seed down simply so you don’t wash the new seed away.
How is ClayMend different than fertilizer?
ClayMend works to improve the environment of your soil so that it can process and store fertilizer into a form that your plants use. ClayMend is used with fertilizer not instead of fertilizer.
Fertilizer is the food your plants need but it does nothing to improve your soil or improve the ability of your soil to process it for storage consumption by your plants.
You might think of it like how you would eat a walnut. A walnut is a food you can enjoy but you can only eat it when you crack open the shell to get to the nut. ClayMend works in a similar way of cracking the shell of fertilizer so the plant can get to the nutrients they need.