Start to Improve Your Clay Soil in a Few Easy Steps with ClayMend
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It's easy - Apply ClayMend with a Hose End Applicator
You simply apply ClayMend to your lawn and/or garden. Use a hose end applicator designed for liquids.
Water ClayMend Into the Soil After Applying
After you have applied ClayMend, water the lawn for a few minutes to wash it into the soil. ClayMend can be applied where plants are growing, and although it will not harm your plants it is best to wash it off of the plants into the soil where the benefits can occur.
Repeating Applications Can be Beneficial
Repeating applications of ClayMend can result in accumulated improvements to your clay soil, especially during the first year you use ClayMend. You can repeat applications every 4 to 6 weeks if desired.
Unlike other liquid fertilizers and amendments that give you a dilution amount or setting on a sprayer, ClayMend is applied based on the size of the area you would like to treat. Many hose end applicators come with general instructions for applying other fertilizers. Disregard the instructions that come with the sprayer when applying ClayMend.
Video begins before ClayMend was applied, shows ClayMend being applied and worked into soil then returning a year later to show change over one year. Note that ClayMend was applied two or three more times during the first year and simply watered into the garden.
Some clay soils rely mostly on the biological activity in the process of restructuring the soil but other clay soils, such as those shown in the videos, break up right before your eyes. Remember that the microscopic organisms do take time to physically move the soil around and restructure it so that it is more porous.
Follow the Steps Below
Before You Get Started
First, you will need a hose end applicator designed to measure and apply liquids. Spray applicators that are designed to dissolve powders (like Miracle Gro) will not evenly distribute liquids.
Applicators that are designed for liquids are available at many of the big box hardware stores, many local hardware stores and many nurseries. You can also order online from internet retailers such as Amazon.com.
Additional Application Information
ClayMend is an inexpensive liquid amendment that is easy to apply directly to your lawn, garden or around your trees and shrubs. When possible, working ClayMend into your soil helps accelerate the process of opening your clay soil. When using ClayMend on your lawn, aerating it before applying ClayMend may help speed up the restructuring processes.
A single application will provide improvement to your soil but we recommend applying ClayMend 4 or 5 times during the first year of use for accumulated improvement to your clay soil. After that apply ClayMend once or twice each year (spring and or fall) to continue improving your clay soil.
As microbes process old plant residue they can leave your soil with the ability to hold more water and nutrients.
Microbial soil restructuring can be sustained for longer periods of time than other soil amendments.
Repeated use can make continuous improvements to your soil.
ClayMend can be applied when temperatures are hot or cool even while it is raining.
Start to Improve Clay Soil in Your Yard Today with ClayMend
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Here is How ClayMend Works
Clay soils typically do not have the right environment to support a high enough population of soil microbes that are needed to support healthy plant growth. ClayMend helps improve the environment of the soil so that over time it can support a large population of soil microbes which in turn support more healthy robust plant growth.
ClayMend is Safe for Kids and Pets when Used as Directed
ClayMend is safe for pets and kids when it is applied as directed. Apply ClayMend to your lawn or garden using a hose end applicator and then wash it into the soil after each application with your sprinklers.
ClayMend can be Applied During Cool or Hot Temperatures
ClayMend can be applied any time of year even in hot and cool temperatures. It can be advantageous to apply ClayMend in the fall or early spring when moisture in the ground is not as likely to evaporate as it might during hot summer days.
Apply when normal daytime temperatures are above 45° F. Microbial activity will go in and out of dormancy as the temperatures drop below 40° F and become active again above that temperature.
ClayMend can be applied even in hot temperatures and will still help improve the soil. We recommend applying it during the cooler part of the day, typically mornings are best. Summer heat can get to a point that it stresses grass and other plants even though biological activity is increasing and soil conditions are improving. Don’t worry about using ClayMend in the summer heat. It will work to improve the soil even in sweltering heat.
Keep Your Lawn Adequately Watered
You should keep the lawn and garden adequately watered so the grass and plants gets a sufficient amount of water and there is enough moisture for any seeds you plant to germinate.
You should avoid too much water because it can hinder beneficial microbial activity and increase the chance of detrimental fungi.
You can Reduce Fertilizer Pollution
ClayMend helps improve the efficiency of your fertilizer. Typically you can reduce the amount of fertilizer you apply sometimes by up to 30% especially if you mulch your grass and dig your old plant matter back into the soil after each season.
Mulching your grass clippings can help reduce the amount of additional fertilizer you use on your lawn. It can return up to 2 lbs. of nitrogen per 100 sq. ft. over the course of a year and it is organic and more balanced than chemical fertilizers without putting immediate stress on your lawn.
ClayMend is All Natural
ClayMend is all natural consisting of naturally occurring ingredients including a proprietary blend of organic acids, beneficial soil microbes, nitrogen and sulfur.
ClayMend and PetiGreen can be Mixed Together
If you have dogs and need to address urine spots in your lawn you can mix ClayMend and PetiGreen together and apply them both at the same time.
ClayMend and Soil pH
Microbial activity helps drive soil pH toward neutral. As the environment of your clay soil improves, higher microbial activity can occur and the higher this activity the harder the soil is pushed toward neutral.
ClayMend is Beneficial to Vegetables, Lawns and More
ClayMend was designed to be used to improve clay soil for crop growth but it is also beneficial for other plants including lawns, shrubs, flowers and trees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even though it takes time for the microbial population to increase large enough to prevent urine spots, they can usually process enough nitrogen from the pee spots in just a few weeks so that new grass seed will germinate. This helps keep your lawn greener while the population grows to the size that it can prevent the dog urine spots from forming.
The PetiGreen Routine is an essential the tools that helps to eventually control and prevent dog urine from killing your lawn. Following the PetiGreen Routine natural aeration is improved, organic carbon is built up, fertilizer and water efficiency improves and that results in an even healthier lawn over time.
We recommend reading our Getting Started page when starting to treat the dog urine spots in your lawn.
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.
With all these benefits, until the roots are established into the soil where they are protected from urine they are very susceptible to damage. PetiGreen will help quicken the root establishment process, but we advise trying to remove the dog from the new lawn if possible. Until the roots are well established you will see new urine spots.
Here is an article about Dog Urine and New Sod with more information that might be helpful.
PetiGreen is made up of a proprietary blend of naturally occurring components that build the health and fertility of the soil. Healthy soil is more efficient at metabolizing dog urine.
Fertilizer pollution is an escalating problem in our world and by working with Mother Nature our products build the health and productivity of the soil naturally, we call it being “Powered By Mother Nature”. Products developed with mother natures own systems are beneficial to the environment as well as safe for your family and pets.
PetiGreen increases the soils ability to process nitrogen in pet urine which contains an excessive amount of nitrogen. By adding fertilizer it will increase the amount of nitrogen the microbes in the soil needs to process. It is nitrogen overload that kills the lawn and causes the dog urine spots to form.
Lawns that have been heavily fertilizing over the years can also be high in nitrogen. These lawns tend to have more severe urine damage where the dogs go and it can take much, much longer to process all that extra nitrogen before the soil improves enough to protect against new spots. It is best in areas like these to keep the dog off the area if possible, to reseed after applying PetiGreen and letting the new grass get well established. These soils can take months before they come around.
When there is an excess of nitrogen added to the soil, even when there are no pets, nitrates can build up and diminish microbial activity which impacts lawn and plant growth. By cutting back on nitrogen use, using it sparingly and only when needed, you can actually achieve a greener, healthier lawn.
If you have fertilized already apply PetiGreen as soon as possible so it can start processing the fertilizer and begin to reduce the nitrogen overload in the soil.
It takes quite a bit of time for soil microbes to build to a population large enough to prevent new urine spots but as this population is growing a lot of nitrogen can be processed so that new grass seed will grow. You’ll still get new spots but this will help keep your lawn looking greener until the microbes can prevent the new spots altogether.
In colder climates the microbial population will expand until the cold weather hits and then it will go dormant. In the spring that expanded population will come out of dormancy and pick up right where it left off. Then just continue with the program to improve the soil and expand the microbial population even more until your lawn is completely protected from new dog urine spots.
Application rates less the recommended rates will diminish the effectiveness of PetiGreen and are not recommended.
Even though PetiGreen will not harm your plants it works in the soil so if you spray it on your flowers, vegetables, shrubs, trees, etc. makes sure you rinse it off of the plants so it gets into the soil where it can go to work to improve the soil.
Applying ClayMend™ with an adjustable hose-end sprayer
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.
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.
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