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Here's what you need to know about adding a biostimulant program.

Jacob Zuckerman | July 15, 2014

If your company is looking to add to its repertoire, including a biostimulant service could be a smart option. Biostimulants are organic chemicals or microorganisms you can apply to help plants cope with various stressors like drought, too much sun, excessive heat and more. Whether on the plant or in the soil, biostimulants work by enhancing a plants ability to soak up nutrients and reach its fullest potential.

Lawns Unlimited in Delaware runs a biostimulant service April through August. Owner and agronomist Edward Fleming recommends it not just for the benefits in root health, resilience and nutrient absorption, but also for the good it does for the environment.

 “Biostimulants are an organic material that airifies that soil and makes nutrients more accessible,” Fleming says. “It enables broad leaf control, decreases the nitrates put on the lawn which reduces flesh growth and decreases the growth of plant material, meaning less clippings.”

David Beaudreau, co-chair of The Biostimulant Coalition adds that biostimulants are a good option for those in drought-stricken areas. “A lot of biostimulant companies have found that when there’s a drought, their plants perform better than control groups,” he says. “It makes the plants more resilient to stress.”

Given their efficiency, plant potency and economic future, Fleming strongly advises landscape companies to add a biostimulant service if they can. “If they’re serious about the market,” Fleming says, “they’ll utilize biostimulants as an excellent management tool.”

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