SRC is used by municipalities for playing fields, institutional facilities for turf grass, trees and flower gardens; professional horticulturists; and backyard gardeners.
The responses in the majority of these applications were;
• Deeper green foliage
• Frost resistance
• Prolonged flowering
• Increased flowering
• Prolific growth
Application: Equivalent of 2000 lbs per acre mixed with municipal compost. Applied July 20th. Absolutely no water soluble fertilizer or herbicides were used.
Results: Visual improvements to the lawn occurred within two weeks of application and maintained beautiful lush green color through remainder of a very dry summer and into November while the entire neighborhood browned. The pictures were taken on March 25th of the following year.
In 2003, Laurentian University banned the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizer on their grounds. Boreal supplies the university with 100 tonnes of SRC fortified peat compost per year. The results of this fertility program after three years are exceptional. Boreal has commenced soil auditing and monitoring effects on soil/plant/microbial interactions to aid in developing a SRC fortified peat compost for horticultural, landscape, gardening and agriculture applications.
Peat possesses a number of key attributes which promises to expand its use. They are:
a) CEC - peat has an exceptionally high cation-exchange capacity value, (60 to 160), making slightly to moderate humified peat excellent bedding and composting additive.
b) Absorbing Capacity – the ability to absorb and retain water is essential for good compost.
c) Biodegradable Carbon – slight to moderately humified peat is an excellent source of carbohydrates resulting in soil microflora stimulation and composting qualities.
d) Humic Content – moderate to highly humified peats are very high in humic substances. Spanish River Carbonatite is added to the peat before composting. The finished SRC – peat compost is much more then a mixture of peat and minerals because the added ingredients are combining with active fractions of the peat hydrolyzing with water and forming new components. The organic components are there to promote plant and soil microflora development and the assimilation of plant available mineral nutrients. This type of fertilizer increases soil’s fertility by improving its physical, chemical and biological properties. Unlike mineral nitrogen fertilizer SRC peat compost is composed of 90% organic substances, effectively transforming added nitrogen into forms which are not detrimental to soil biological systems.
“The move to horticultural practices which are harmonious with the surrounding ecosystem has resulted in a significant increase in the use of Spanish River Carbonatite.”