WANT A LUSHER, HEALTHIER LAWN?

FALL IS THE BEST TIME to take care to your lawn!

michaels-lawn-900x622The importance of Fall lawn care is often overlooked or not realized. But in order for your turf to start out right next year, it is critical to get it in shape now for the Fall and Winter seasons ahead. We have years of experience rejuvenating and enhancing turf of all kinds, so read on and learn what you can do to have your best lawn ever!

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You may not have irrigated your lawn during the Summer and it went dormant (yellow/brown).  But, when the Fall rains come back your lawn will come back to life.   With limited nutrients in the soil it will struggle to fill in and weeds will try to take over.   This is the perfect time to get your lawn back into shape.   Hendrikus has the Organic fertilizer, seed, and soil amendments to make your lawn healthy for the long Fall and Winter ahead.

 

Here are our two of our recommended programs for bringing life to your soil and turf so that it carries through the Winter and has nutrients ready for when it reawakens next Spring.

Increasing Fertility with Minor Lawn Renovation

  • Aerate lawn with power or foot aerator to break up thatch layer and allow nutrients to get to the roots easier.
  • Remove largest patches of weeds with garden trowel, rake, or shovel.
  • Over-seed bare areas in existing lawn with Hendrikus Turf Seed, making sure seed makes contact with the soil.
  • Fertilize lawn with Seasons 8-2-4 or Spring Nitrogen 10-1-2 at 10# per 1000 square feet.
  • Apply AxisDE (diatomaceous earth) to wettest areas in non-irrigated lawns, and to both wettest and driest areas in irrigated lawns.
  • Spray HuMagic Liquid on lawn with a tank sprayer at 6oz to 8oz per 1000 square feet.
  • Apply a light top dressing of mulch on bare areas in lawn to help hold in moisture for seed germination.
  • Lightly water lawn to dampen mulch and seed. Keep seed moist with light afternoon watering for the first 7-10 days to promote germination. Dry seed will not germinate.
  • Apply Calpril lime to raise pH 3 weeks after fertilization at 20# – 40# per 1000 square feet.

Increasing Fertility with Full Lawn Renovation

  • Aerate lawn with power aerator to break up thatch layer and allow nutrients to get to the roots easier.
  • Remove any excess grass & thatch with rake or power rake (dethatcher).
  • Remove all existing weeds with garden trowel, rake, or shovel.
  • Over-seed with Hendrikus Turf Seed at 8#’s per 1000 square feet. Make sure seed makes contact with the soil.
  • Fertilize lawn with Seasons 8-2-4 or Spring Nitrogen 10-1-2 at 10# per 1000 square feet.
  • Apply AxisDE (diatomaceous earth) to entire lawn at 100# – 150# per 1000 square feet with a fertilizer spreader and rake or stiff broom into the soil.
  • Spray HuMagic Liquid on lawn with a tank sprayer at 6oz to 8oz per 1000 square feet.
  • Apply a light top dressing of mulch on bare/thin areas in lawn to help hold in moisture for seed germination.
  • Lightly water lawn to dampen mulch and seed bed. Keep seed moist with light afternoon watering for the first 7-10 days to promote germination. Dry seed will not germinate.
  • Apply Calpril lime to raise pH 3 weeks after fertilization at 20# – 40# per 1000 square feet.

Life in the Soil

Learn what makes soil so important to the health of your plants and why nurturing the microbial community is the first step in your success. What you add to your soil can make all the difference in your plant harvest, blooms,  health and vitality.

Winner of numerous awards for environmental science, produced in Japan in 1992, this timeless documentary will open your eyes to the fascinating world underneath your feet.

Look what’s happening locally …

The 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

was a resounding success this year! We hope you had a chance to visit one of the nation’s most successful and informative garden shows! Hendrikus & Nirav were pleased to present two outstanding seminars on how to improve your soils organically for growing the highest nutrient dense edibles. Providing key insights in how nature works,  hands-on methods to understand your soil, and techniques to help you improve your harvests, they inspired their audiences.

Rejuvenate your Lawn!

Get your lawn off to a healthy start this year. One application (10#) of our Complete 6-4-4 All Purpose Fertilizer rejuvenated this lawn and tree in just one month! 

City of Redmond Parks Goes Green with Hendrikus Organics!

“We have been using Hendrikus’ Seasons Turf Blend 100% organic fertilizer at some of our park sites for over a year and have been very satisfied with the results.

We get a consistent, long-lasting green turf and we appreciate the low-dust, low-odor formulation. This product has helped us make the transition to 100% organic fertilizer at all our park sites and I get satisfaction from knowing we’re not just feeding our turf, we’re building healthy soil.” 

Meg A. City of Redmond, WA, Park Operations

Use our TRIAD to vitalize your SOIL!

BUILD    –    ENERGIZE    –    FEED

Soil Enhancer, to BUILD; HuMagic, to ENERGIZE; Complete, to FEED the soil. Combining these 3 outstanding products produce results that  will amaze you!

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Soil is our habitat for plants, and its quality is determined by 3 key properties…the physical, the chemical and the biological.

 

  • Physical properties of soils are the inorganic particles, organic materials, water and air. The size, shape and arrangement of the soil particles, including the space between them (called pore space) will directly affect the movement of air and water, and the nutrient and water availability for plant uptake.
  • Chemical properties of the soils regulate the supply of nutrients for the plants. The balance of the chemical properties, in particular the calcium, magnesium, potassium and sulfur, help create soil energy. This energy promotes better soil structure and nutrient availability.
  • Biological properties of the soil include the community of microorganisms that cycle the nutrients to the plants themselves, made available through the physical and chemical properties.

Additionally, the presence and quality of HUMATES, a vital and often overlookedcomponent to soil,dramatically affectsthe ability of all 3 of these properties to perform.

Our program of Building, Energizing and Feeding the Soil improves structure, improves soil energy, feeds soil microbiologyand utilizes the finest humates to promote optimum fertility, health and vitality in your soil and plants.

We have seen incredible results with the Triad, be it on new plantings, vegetable gardens, medicinal plants, orchards, ornamentals, trees, and any situation of plant stress or substandard soil conditions.

APPLICATION RATES:

Application is easy. Follow the rates as indicated on the Complete label, and apply the same amount on all three products.

One of our other organic fertilizers, Organobloom, Bouquet, or Seasons can be switched with Complete to target the type of plant you are feeding, be it acid loving plants such as tomatoes or blueberries, annuals and flowers, or turf. Application method is the same, follow the rate as indicated on the food source label.

Woodland Park ZooVISIT THE WOODLAND PARK ZOO & THEIR BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC ROSE GARDEN!

The benefits of Hendrikus Organic fertilizers and stimulants are helping the Zoo go organic and significantly reduce their use of pesticides.   That is a challenge when you have a large Rose Garden and a plethora of plant species from around the world, from tropical to natives, in your collection.

 

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The Zoo is 92 acres with a 50% tree canopy, so that is a lot of trees, shrubs, and plants to keep healthy. With each application the soil and plants get healthier and use our organic fertilizers and biological stimulants more efficiently. That means better nutritional uptake, less fertilizer needed to feed the plants, and stronger defenses to fight off insects and disease.

If you haven’t been to the Zoo recently, please stop by and enjoy the amazing animals and the beautiful, lush foliage throughout Woodland Park Zoo.

A few really cool things to know about the Zoo:

They make Zoo Doo – fabulous exotic compost they create from all of the non-primate herbivorous animal droppings mixed with bedding and sawdust, recycling 600 tons of animal waste and saving the City more than $60,000 in landfill costs.

The Zoo has fantastic conservation efforts and is home to more than 50 threatened species, not just protecting them, but using research, conservation breeding and reintroduction in efforts to save these threatened species.

The Zoo offers education for people of all ages to understand nature better, and learn skills that benefit wildlife and our environment.

And there is so much more at the Woodland Park Zoo. Isn’t it time for a visit?

This YMCA Sports Field was in trouble …

 

less than 2 weeks later…

 

with Hendrikus Organics

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Hendrikus Organics Brings Life Back to the YMCA Sports Field, Auburn, WA

The YMCA Sports Field was in trouble…..mostly dead grass and bare areas, when Hendrikus Organics sat down with the Park Manager to write up an organic program that would breathe life and lush green back into their field.

The plan started with using soil tests to confirm the field observations of a nutrient deficient sandy soil that would not retain water or fertilizers, with a low pH. A solid organic plan for revitalization was exactly what would provide stable nutrients and a much healthier turf.

The plan started by over-seeding the entire field with Hendrikus Turf Seed (70% Perennial Rye & 30% Fine Fescue), using an aerator/seeder to inject the seed into the field.

Fertilization and soil amending with Hendrikus Organics followed:

  1. Spring Nitrogen 10-0-2 with organic nitrate to give instant food to the turf and start building up the nitrogen.
  2. Soil Enhancer 2-13-0 to add natural phosphorus to the field for proper grass seed root growth.
  3. Lime to raise the pH to our goal of 6.5.
  4. Axis soil amendment to half of the field (for comparison), to provide pores in the soil to retain water and nutrients. This was the first of several applications that will over time reduce the water needed to keep the sports field green in the summer.

Watering schedule was adjusted to include afternoon start time to keep the seed damp so it could germinate.

The results are outstanding. After just 7 days the seed germinated throughout the field. After 2 weeks the new grass was filling in across the entire field in beautiful green. The YMCA Sports Field went from being dead and bare to alive and rich green in just 2 weeks.

Their ongoing program will include additional applications with Hendrikus Organics fertilizers to continue getting it healthier, greener and lusher. Another bonus to their switch to our organic food source, their turf grows slower and steadier, cutting down on their mowing.

Hendrikus Organics in action nationally…

va-row-main-image1-800x600va-row-main-image2-525x700VIRGINIA PIPELINE RIGHT OF WAYS GO ORGANIC

Hendrikus Organics helps to restore healthy vegetation and habitat in Pipeline Rights of Way! Results of the first trials showed a 200-300% increase in germination with increased growth.

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After experiencing poor results on regrowth in the pipeline rights of way (ROW), a forward-thinking utility company, NiSource, collectively with Grow with Trees, sought out a better solution and a more sustainable approach in hopes of implementing these around pipelines that cross six southern/eastern states currently managed by NiSource.

Having heard of Hendrikus’ innovative and successful work with organic soil restoration and erosion issues, they brought Hendrikus Organics on board to solve the problem and help forma new game plan in right of way mitigation.

Starting with a small test area of 1 mile, Grow with Trees simply added our HuMagic to their current hydro seeding mix. Results of that test plot showed a 200-300% increase in germination and an overall observable increase in growth. From there on it was full steam ahead.

Hendrikus started by creating organic specifications for hydroseeding with hydro wood fiber mulch,plus a more sustainable and organic approach for future ROW clearing that would allow nature to regenerate more quickly and lessen erosion issues.

Venturing out to Virginia in the Spring of 2016 to do the first trials on 5 miles of ROW, Hendrikus taught the first hydro seeders his organic mix and worked with them as they sprayed on the new seed, mixed with Hendrikus Organics Complete 6-4-4 and HuMagic Granular, two of our star performers.

As they worked through the sections, Hendrikus also taught the managers from NiSource the techniques they should start using when they initially clear an area that will immediately lessen erosion, cut costs and set the way for the restorative organic hydroseeding to follow using their new Hendrikus Organics formulas and specifications.

Educating and updating outdated costly programs that affect the safety and environment of us all is important to Hendrikus Organics and part of our overall mission.  It brings us another step closer to awaken professionals to utilize their talents and passions to not only care for the sustainability of their bottom line but most importantly for the sustainability of our the planet.

 

 

IMAGES FROM THE FOLLOWING SPRING (2016)  dramatically show the revival of the soil and healthy vegetation following the Hendrikus Organics hydroseeding program. The first three images show the native vegetation and the 4th image after maintenance mowing.

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PIPELINE RIGHT OF WAYS GOES ORGANIC

Hendrikus Organics helps to restore healthy vegetation and habitat in Pipeline Rights of Way! Results of the first trials showed a 200-300% increase in germination with increased growth.

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After experiencing poor results on regrowth in the pipeline rights of way (ROW), a forward-thinking utility company, NiSource, collectively with Grow with Trees, sought out a better solution and a more sustainable approach in hopes of implementing these around pipelines that cross six southern/eastern states currently managed by NiSource.

Having heard of Hendrikus’ innovative and successful work with organic soil restoration and erosion issues, they brought Hendrikus Organics on board to solve the problem and help forma new game plan in right of way mitigation.

Starting with a small test area of 1 mile, Grow with Trees simply added our HuMagic to their current hydro seeding mix. Results of that test plot showed a 200-300% increase in germination and an overall observable increase in growth. From there on it was full steam ahead.

Hendrikus started by creating organic specifications for hydroseeding with hydro wood fiber mulch,plus a more sustainable and organic approach for future ROW clearing that would allow nature to regenerate more quickly and lessen erosion issues.

Venturing out to Virginia in the Spring of 2016 to do the first trials on 5 miles of ROW, Hendrikus taught the first hydro seeders his organic mix and worked with them as they sprayed on the new seed, mixed with Hendrikus Organics Complete 6-4-4 and HuMagic Granular, two of our star performers.

As they worked through the sections, Hendrikus also taught the managers from NiSource the techniques they should start using when they initially clear an area that will immediately lessen erosion, cut costs and set the way for the restorative organic hydroseeding to follow using their new Hendrikus Organics formulas and specifications.

Educating and updating outdated costly programs that affect the safety and environment of us all is important to Hendrikus Organics and part of our overall mission.  It brings us another step closer to awaken professionals to utilize their talents and passions to not only care for the sustainability of their bottom line but most importantly for the sustainability of our the planet.

Stay tuned for updates on the ROWs. Hendrikus makes another trip out East this fall for more teaching and consulting on ROWs with follow up on the first trials.

BITTERROOT FOREST, MONTANA

Fire reclamation using Hendrikus Organics

Our history with the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana goes back to 2002, following the devastating wildfires that beset the forest in the summer of 2000 after a 3-year period of dry weather that created tinder dry forests.

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BRT Fire ImageStunning Image of the Bitterroot Wildfire

“The image was captured in the late afternoon of Sunday, August 6, 2000 from a bridge over the East Fork of the Bitterroot River just north of Sula, Montana. The elk sought refuge in the river bottom during what may have been the most extreme day of fire behavior on the Bitterroot in more than 70 years. ” Origins: The year 2000 became one of the worst fire seasons in U.S. history.By the month of August over 4 million acres (an area greater in size than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined) had been burned by wildfires, and dozens of blazes raged out of control in eleven western states, with nearly half of the conflagrations occurring in Idaho and Montana. By the end of summer, the Bitterroot fires had merged with other wildfires to consume more than 10,000 square miles (6,650,000 acres), a total area great than the state of Maryland.

The Bitterroot National Forest is a 1.6 million acre refuge that is breathtakingly beautiful and as with all forests regularly experiences moderate wildfires. However, the massive wildfires in 2000 were catastrophic to the forest’s ability to regenerate.

Those wildfires burned so hot, up to 800 degrees, that the forestry service’s standard methods of reclamation were producing no results. They called upon Hendrikus to use our organic methods on a trial area to see if we could regenerate the vegetation.

Heading out to Montana in May of 2002, Hendrikus brought his arsenal of regenerative tools to bring forest life back to the Bitterroot. Using custom blended compost tea, mycorrhizae, and Hendrikus Organic Fertilizers, he hydroseeded the test area and taught the Bitterroot team how to continue on this process.

Results were outstanding and the first new growth in the forest floors in 2 years began to sprout and flourish. After supplying the Bitterroot team with their own brewer for their ongoingcompost tea applications, to this day Hendrikus Organics continues to supply the Bitterroot with our organic fertilizers for forest reclamation annually.  The Bitterroot rapidly regenerates burned areas now using organic methods fostered by Hendrikus and our Hendrikus Organics life-enhancing fertilizers.

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SLOPE RENOVATION IN ASPEN, COLORADO

Our latest work with the environment is in spectacular Aspen. Images show us in progress as we build a natural spillway using huge boulders strategically placed with a 200 ton crane and large excavators. Boulders are tightly grouped down the steep slope in a manner that ensures no erosion, and will last for hundreds of years. Just like nature would do it.

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When storm waters flow from the spillway outlet they cascade down the boulders in a stunning waterfall that adds to the natural beauty of Hallam Lake and promotes native growth and wildlife habitat.

We protect the roots of established trees as we work on the slope, and help to relieve any stress they might incur with our organic HuMagic liquid and organic fertilizers. Our organic approach and method of building this spillway was a key reason for being called in to do this project, in response to requirements from the City of Aspen Engineers and the well-known ACES environmental organization. In line with our mission to help create the paradigm shift in sustainable and regenerative construction and landscape, we are excited about these collaborations.

Our work also included rebuilding the bluff to its original height and regenerating its native vegetation and habitat, using our organic Structural and Landscape EssentialSoils,  our Organic Fertilizers and HuMagic, as we work with nature organically, promoting life in the soil, promoting thriving plants and habitats.