Joe Marchinchin

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JOE KNOWS! Cation Exchange Capacity

Why is it that turf doesn’t grow well on a sandy beach?  Why do some soils leach nutrients more so than others?  What are the characteristics of a ‘fertile’ soil versus a ‘nutrient-deficient’ soil?  These questions are directly related to a term that is often mentioned in the turf and soil sciences, but not well understood by many in the industry.  In this feature, we’ll examine what cation exchange capacity is, and the direct impact is has on soil fertility and overall plant health.  With a greater understanding...
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JOE KNOWS! Nitrogen Stabilizers 

Turf's Defense Against Environmental Nitrogen Loss: When it comes to nutrition, most plants (including turf grass) require more nitrogen than any other element to maintain a healthy growth rate and vibrant appearance. Unfortunately, nature is quite effective at hindering both natural and synthetic nitrogen-based fertilizers from reaching their intended target. Discover how stabilized nitrogen technology can be turf's defense against environmental nitrogen loss...
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JOE KNOWS! Biosolids

Understanding Biosolids and How There Presence in Soil Enhances Turf: Biosolids are nutrient-rich organic residues left over from the treatment of animal waste, most commonly harvested from sewage sludge at waste water treatment plants. They are generally an environmental friendly source of N-P-K nutrients (when applied at the recommended application rate), allowing the user to apply less synthetic N-P-K fertilizer to the soil. Learn more about biosolids and how applying them to a lawn can enhance turf...
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JOE KNOWS! Sulfur's Role in Turf & Soil Health

Why Sulfur's Presence in Soil is Crucial to a Sustainable Turf: Without sulfur, plant life (and all life), would not be possible. Often thought of as the 4th “primary” or “macronutrient,” sulfur plays an essential role in maintaining healthy turf. Discover why Sulfur is an important nutrient for sustainable soil and turf...
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JOE KNOWS! Micronutrients Effect on Turf

Why They're Important and How pH Affects Their Bioavailability in Soil: When it comes to making the most of trace elements in the soil, plants are incredibly resourceful! These elements may only be needed in small quantities, but when deficient in soils their absence can have a profound effect on turf health. Find out what concentration of micronutrients is necessary to maintain a healthy plant, what are the micronutrients and how to maintain soil pH properly to enhance micronutrients in plants...
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JOE KNOWS! FALL into These Lawn Care Habits

6 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Lawn for a Spectacular Spring: To ensure that your turf grass can survive the winter months, there are many steps you can take to “winterize” your lawn so that it has all the growing conditions and nutrients needed to make it through even the harshest conditions. Completing these 6 simple steps in autumn will strengthen your turf grass and give you the kind of lawn you’ve always dreamed about come spring! Discover more...
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