An Eco-friendly Solution to the use of Nitrogen Based Fertilizers within a Resource Zone.

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Development within a Riverfront Area and sensitive environmental zones is fraught with many requirements typically not encountered in other locations.  One specific regulation is the restricted use of Nitrogen based fertilizers for plants, gardens and lawns.  These regulations were put in place because the leaching of Nitrates into the surrounding waters and soils causes adverse effects on the environment.  Over time this excess nitrogen pollutes water and air.  Nitrogen at higher levels causes a loss of certain plant species, depletion of soil nutrients, death of fish and aquatic organisms, and contamination of drinking water.

Man-made nitrogen fertilizers became widely used in U.S. agriculture after WWII, providing an inexpensive source of nitrogen and other plant nutrients that resulted in huge increases in agricultural productivity.  Since the 1950s, nitrogen fertilizer use increased over five-fold in the United States and many other industrialized countries1, resulting in profound changes to the global nitrogen cycle that rival human effects on the carbon cycle2.  The ecological effects of too much nitrogen in the environment are well-known and include algal blooms resulting in ‘dead zones’ in freshwater lakes and coastal areas, such as the annual dead zone that occurs in the Gulf of Mexico.

When researching the requirement to use low nitrogen based fertilizers, I discovered a substitute that completely eliminates chemicals, is OMRI listed and comply with all the restriction enforced by local and federal agencies.  It’s called Greenleaf Growth with SumaGrowtm inside.

The agricultural product Greenleaf  Growth with SumaGrowtm   inside, is an alternative to nitrogen and Phosphorus based Fertilizers as it uses eco-friendly microbes to enhance the soil.   The advantage of Greenleaf Growth is its ability to deliver the highest concentration of microbes to the soil without chemicals.

Independent testing has determined that Greenleaf Growth with SumaGrowtm   inside;

  • Reduce the usage of dangerous fertilizer toxins,
  • Reduce water usage,
  • Increase nutrition levels in plants and vegetables,
  • Bio remediating damaged soil (the products actually “eat” residual fertilizer, pesticides and other toxins in the soil),
  • Rehabilitated watershed areas (by dramatically reducing nitrates and phosphates runoff).

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The Science Supporting Greenleaf with SumaGrowTM Inside

Greenleaf Growth is a stable, efficacious and eco-friendly microbial formulation containing naturally occurring, diverse and phylogenetic groups of microbes with complementing functions. The formulation provides: enhancement of nitrogen fixation; control of plant pathogens either directly or indirectly by inducing systemic resistance in plants against pathogens; solubilization and mobilization of minerals; and the production of growth stimulants.  While there are other microbial products in the market, no product on the market today contains the range and number of microbes, which support our product. Greenleaf Growth formulation has been carefully and deliberately designed formulation contains multiple, naturally occurring phylogenetic groups of organisms with complementary functionalities designed to improve nutrient and water uptake, improve root and plant growth leading to higher yields, and improve plant health by reducing the impact of insects, fungi and diseases, among other benefits, while at the same time, reducing the need for harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The composition of our product includes over 30 different strands of microbes including Azorhizobium, Rizobium, Psedomonas, Enterobacter, Stenotrophomoas, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, and Trichoderma.  The following is a brief summary of their effect on plant growth and as a bio-control agent.

 Rhizabiales and Azospirillum microbes account for a major portion of biological nitrogen fixation on earth.  Nitrogen fixation is the process by which nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into the soil and made bio-available to plant.  These beneficial microbes decrease the need for added nitrogen fertilizer for crop production. This in turn contributes to conservation of fossil fuel energy resources that are currently used for manufacturing nitrogen fertilizers, and helps reduce pollutions and public health problems associated with the high use of chemical fertilizers.  Also, Rhizosphere microbes are reported to give positive plant growth response attributed to their ability to fix nitrogen and their ability to produce secondary metabolites and phytohormones.

Phosphate solubilizing microbes such as Pseudomonas, Bacillus, and Azospirillum, contribute to plant growth by producing organic acids and make insoluble phosphorus compounds in the soil soluble for uptake by the plant.

A number of other microbes can act as bio-control agents or bio-pesticides for inhibiting pathogenic fungi, bacteria and even nematodes and small insects that cause crop losses.  Basillus subtilis are known to suppress soil-borne fungal diseases and nematodes, produce metabolites that stimulate plant and root growth, and colonize the root zone resulting in exclusion of some of the pathogens.  Trichoderma have been demonstrated to inhibit a broad spectrum of root and foliar pathogens.  By adding all of these components together we have constructed a formula contain multiple groups of functionally complementary microbes (bacteria and fungi) that enhances growth, reduces the need for petrochemical fertilizers and acts as a bio-pesticide.

In field tests, we have measured dramatic increases in the plant height, increases in the total number of leaves and leaf area, better leaf color, faster flowering time, faster fruiting time, more shoots and better root biomass, along with a decreases in the incidence of pests and diseases.

The Greenleaf Growth formulation is the only product on the market today that is specifically designed to contain a comprehensive set of microbial groups with multiple complementary functions and with documented efficacy for substantially increase in plant growth and health, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides while providing a superior eco-friendly alternative.

If you would like more information on this product write to me and I would be happy to provide.

1. Fields S. Global nitrogen: cycling out of control. Environ.Health Perspect. 2004;112(10):A556–A563.

2. Vitousek PM, Aber JD, Howarth RW, Likens GE, Matson PA, Schindler DW, Schlesinger WH, Tilman DG. Human alteration of the global nirogen cycle: Sources and consequences. Ecological Applications. 1997;7(3):737–750.

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