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The owners have lived here for a number of years. The husband used to do organic care himself. Life got too busy and he turned the lawn over to a big synthetic lawn company. The gardens were turned over to a standard landscape company. The lawn looked good during the spring, but tended to brown out during the summer despite irrigation. There were bare patches that couldn’t be reseeded successfully. The some of the flowers and shrubs in the beds just didn’t grow much. The beds had 3” of heavy wood mulch and after being planted for a couple of years the plants were about the same size. The Japanese Maple in the front yard had more dead spots every year and the owners really liked that tree.

The big synthetic lawn folks had not done the yard any favors. The synthetics didn’t deal with a Calcium build up and there were deficiencies, as well. Like anything else, moderation is the key. Calcium is necessary, but an overabundance can wreak havoc. The tea helped get the natural system going by replacing microbes killed off by synthetics and city water. The city protects us from getting sick from our water, but that doesn’t help the soil biota. The heavy wood mulch was taking up the Nitrogen the plants in the beds needed. The Japanese Maple has bark issues low on the trunk and the synthetics had stopped the beneficial microbes that can protect the tree from pathogens.

The first dose of tea dealt with the imbalances that couldn’t be fixed by just adding more fertilizer. Then we could mineralize properly and make sure we had the soil biological system kick-started. The results finish the story. The lawn is lush, no bald spots and it doesn’t dry out as quickly. It can still go dormant, but it only needs half as much water now during the growing season, the roots are deeper so it can get water from further down in the soil horizon and when it gets standard wear and tear it recovers instead of needing to be reseeded. The flowers and shrubs are going great guns, too. The Oakleaf hydrangeas had gotten a little bigger than they were when they were planted, but now they are more than twice as big in one year. The Japanese Maple will eventually succumb from the bark damage, but that day is a lot further off now.