Nature Safe and a strong IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program offers a great solution for the environmental challenges turf managers face every day. To understand this, it is important to keep in mind that the soil and turfgrass are truly dependent on each other. The soil in itself is a biosphere, maintaining microbial populations and supporting the growth of plant life through nutrients and minerals found there. The theory behind most chemical applications is to “wipe” out problems, whether caused by disease or insects. In essence, you break down the soil biosphere. Once chemicals are applied, the microbial populations in the soil are weakened in health and in numbers. The turf’s health and natural resistance to pests and disease is impeded. We fertilize over and over to compensate for this void. Suddenly one problem is fixed, but several others may surface and a vicious cycle is started. With Nature Safe, soil health is most important. Soil health correlates directly with plant health. Nature Safe builds up the soil and in turn builds up the turf. By increasing microbial populations, Nature Safe creates its own fertilizer factory in the soil for turf. A healthy, stronger turf will handle stress conditions better and will build up resistance to disease and pests.
By understanding some of the simple concepts below, you will be successful in your turf management practices.
Nature Safe improves soil health and ultimately improves plant health. As Nature Safe is released in the soil, the product provides the NPK the turf needs and the food energy the soil microbes need. As you feed the microbes, they provide the biological formula for reducing pest pressures. The more microbes in the soil, the better. University research shows that Nature Safe increases bacterial populations from 30 million cfu/g soil to 1 billion cfu/g soil.
Nature Safe requires a program application approach. Nature Safe needs to be applied monthly during the growing season to maintain the food energy needs of the microbial population. The key benefits are stress and pest reduction.
Nature Safe is the foundation to good IPM. Nature Safe offers the biological benefits void in many turf programs. Nature Safe combined with sound cultural practices and wise spray programs offers the formula for success.