Biological Soil Management (BSM) is an investment in your soil, your property and your career that pays big dividends. For over 30 years, EarthWorks has been promoting the concepts of BSM that lead to sustainable reduction of fertilizers and other inputs. In the same period, among our users we’ve seen careers flourish while the level of anxiety associated with managing turf has diminished.
The turf industry is in a constant state of change. Labor issues are an ever-worsening problem, water costs are rising and budgets aren’t keeping up with the economy. Turf managers are expected to do more with less and yet, they still manage to get it done with style. Where does it end? How can we make your job easier? We are hearing a lot about reducing fertility inputs. Can that approach help buffer these big issues?
By following Biological Soil Management Practices, your labor requirements will moderate, your plant’s roots will be stronger and deeper, water usage will be significantly reduced and thatch won’t develop. But most of all, Mother Nature will play a major role in fertilizing your turf—which is the only sustainable way to reduce inputs.
All soils are a home for a host of biological life. We know very little about how many different species of soil microbes there are in any given soil. Nor do we completely understand how they communicate, their interactions with each other or their relationships with the plant material they depend on for so much. But what we do know is that we can affect their populations either positively or negatively depending on how we manage the soil. Through research and observation, we’ve discovered that as we improve soil biology, plants perform better, recover more readily and experience less stress.
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