Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winter Yard Chores, Planting Trees and Fixing Your Soil


Winter is an excellent time to plant your new shade and fruit trees, as long as the ground is not covered with ice, snow or frozen solid.  That's most of the time for clients living in Albuquerque and Valencia County's. It's very important to also make sure the tree was grown locally, as only then will it be best adapted to the seasonally changes and  winter cold.  Since Trees That Please is the only retail nursery in the Albuquerque market that grows its own trees, so we are your best option.  Also, during the dormant winter months its easy to transport a tree, as you don't need to worry about protecting the plant as you buzz down the freeway. 
For making your soil the best soil possible, use the exclusive product of Soil Secrets called TerraPro.  This product is rich in the right stuff that will make your soil the best soil, as its full of Nature's miracle substance called Supramolecular humic chemistry.  There's nothing else you can buy that has this substance as only Soil Secrets owns the molecular information as to what these molecules are,  how they work, and how to manufacture them.  To be clear, you cannot do the same thing by just adding compost, peat moss or other soil additives as they don't contain this molecular characteristics.   Add TerraPro now so the winter freezing and thawing can help it work deep into your soil.  It's great for existing or new lawns and trees love this stuff. 
Fighting pesky rodents who are eating the roots of your shrubs and trees, called Gophers.  Try blood meal by dusting the soil around the plant until the surface looks black and dusty.   Then water it in.   How does it work?  Simple, to Gophers or rabbits the smell of blood makes them think there's a predator around, so they avoid that spot.   A side benefit is that Blood meal is a rich source of soluble nitrogen, which plants can use.  But because of that characteristics its important to not use too much or too often as you can kill plants with excess nitrogen fertilizers even from a natural organic source like blood.    Trees That Please  has blood meal available in handy size bags. 
Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC
 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Don't Wait !!!

Holidays are over and we are excited for this Great New Year!!!!
 
*How many of us put off our landscape planting, until warmer spring temperatures? 
*How many of us think we cannot plant in winter?
*How many of us think winter is a bad time to plant?

You don’t need to wait for spring to plant!

Winter is an ideal time for planting, there is no water stress on newly planted trees and shrubs. Sometimes when we plant a containerized tree or shrub during the growing season we may inadvertently damage some roots as we remove it from its pot. During the growing season plants are actively pulling water in through their roots. If roots are damaged during planting your tree or shrub may wilt. A tree or shrub with damaged roots may take some time to recover and may look“wilted” Planting a dormant tree or shrub during winter avoids this water stress issue. If roots are damaged during winter planting your tree or shrub won’t wilt. Plus when growth resumes in spring your plant will begin growth in place based upon its functional root mass with no further disturbances. Cold temperatures or frost will not harm your dormant tree or shrub.

As long as your soil is not frozen, you can plant!

We have the largest selection of native grown trees! They are always the most Harty because they are adapted to NM weather from seed. 



 Visit our website to the large selection of plants
available today for your landscaping needs:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

John Kemp, owner of a competing company of ours, posted a Facebook report defending foliar feeding with some elements as proof that the tool worked in solving a problem.
The John Kemp post on Facebook said this: Please check out this outstanding explanation of the photosynthetic process, and the function of carotenoids and other compounds. Clearly describes the functions of manganese, iron, and copper, particularly for needed oxidation and reduction reactions. We find these trace minerals to be consistently inadequate in many of the crops we work with, and get a very strong crop response when they are address with foliar applications.

He's basically saying that by foliar fertilizing a crop with manganese, iron and copper elements the plant needs for conducting photosynthesis, he's provided a solution. Here's my reply to this post:
The weak link of a plant uptaking (getting out of the soil) manganese, iron and copper plus all the other essential elements of plant and animal nutrition is contingent upon a mutualistic relationship between the plant and a Mycorrhizal fungi. At Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium Labs, we (Soil Secrets LLC) are looking at the synergy between soil bacteria and the mycorrhizal plant relationship, isolating exactly who's who and who's doing what and most importantly which microbes will associate with other microbes. This also requires looking at the microbial genome, the DNA foot print and performing gene sequencing. We are also working on the best procedures for multiplying and propagating these microbes, for commercial inoculant products. Most of the time the major and the trace elements are present in soil, however when the synergy relationship involving soil microbes and the aromatic chemistry provided by the supramolecular humic molecules is weak or out of whack, the native elements in the soil will fail to be delivered to the plant. Another weak link of agriculture is our soil labs don't have standardized methods of analysis that are accurate at finding what's really in the soil, in terms of how a plant is suppose to get them out of the soil. The plant in Nature uses Nature's Soil Ecology, which is a Bio - Geo - Chemical process in order to harvest those elements and also to build a carbon rich top soil. This is when supplementing additional elements will present a benefit which is really just covering up the symptom but not curing the problem. Its kind of like having a headache which is caused by a tumor and when you take an aspirin the headache goes away. You stopped the symptom but you did not cure the problem. At Soil Secrets LLC we focus on curing the problem, by priming the Bio - Geo - Chemical process using molecular biology, where we've hired the best Science labs on Earth to participate with us in Proof of Concept Research examining, developing and manufacturing the microbes, and the aromatic chemistry carbon rich molecules that make soil a fertile and productive place for everyone concerned. We've been doing this at improving levels of competency since the mid 80's, and are now using this science to restore some of the most toxic mine tailing sites on earth. Mine tailings so chemically corrosive that if you hold the stuff in your hands it will burn your skin. In a matter of weeks we can grow vegetation on these sites and begin the process of soil carbon sequestration, where formerly nothing has grown for over a hundred years. On these same sites, decades of testing have failed to find success, using products such as compost, bio-solids, bio-char, compost tea, etc. The process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, turning that carbon into useful caloric molecules of Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates is accomplished because of RuBisCo, the most common protein on Earth, taking place in the Calvin Cycle, shown in the image below.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Have A Fresh Fragrant Christmas
With A Live Tree! 
& Don't Forget You Won't Get Them At Any Box Store, Beautiful Unique Bulbs 
Our Closing Dates For The Holidays Are Dec 23rd trough Jan 4th 
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your 
Favorite Nursery in Tome 








Monday, December 7, 2015

Each Spring I open my private collection of trees to the public for a free conference which draws hundreds of attendees from across America. The lectures are focused around soil health and how to fix soil, in addition to tree cultivation, and growing nutrient dense food. I invite professionals recognized globally for being the experts on the topic of soil ecology and molecular biology of soil health. 30 years ago when I started the site had terrible soil that was saline, sodic and alkaline clay that's 12 feet deep, the vicious triad of horrible soil. The pH measured as high as 9.2 with a low of 8.5 in the best areas. I was told by my soil science professor in college that it was impossible to fix this type of soil, however today I have one of the highest active carbon levels measured by the USDA NRCS in the United States and I've never added compost, worm castings or the other stuff used to try and build soil. Hundreds of tree species now thriving on the site are labeled for the event, and the grounds have a nursery with over 100,000 trees in container cultivation for our retail Trees That Please Nursery in Los Lunas NM. If you want to attend one of these spring garden tours, and learn how to use bio-mimicry of molecular biology to fix soil fast, keep an eye on our nursery web site for the event datewww.treesthatplease.org







Thursday, December 3, 2015

Our annual tradition at Trees That Please is to sell living Christmas Trees. Once again we have an outstanding selection of beautiful live nursery grown conifers. Come and see our wide selection while it lasts.




Monday, November 23, 2015

Albuquerque’s Largest Urban Forest Tree Renewal Project




Urban forests are an important part of city ecosystems. They improve air quality, provide shade, increase property values, and improve our quality of life. Urban forests can be described in a variety of ways, including vegetation in local parks, public areas, private land, and in or around communities. The high elevation desert landscape of Albuquerque New Mexico is no exception to this. Silver Hills, one of the oldest neighborhoods in southeast Albuquerque, began their urban forest in the 1920's. The neighborhood includes University Boulevard, Gold, Lead, Coal, and Silver Avenue.  Silver Hills has always been known for its large beautiful shade trees, Siberian Elms, plantings encouraged by Clyde Tingley, chairman of the Old City Commission who lived on Silver Ave.

Siberian Elms, or Ulmus pumila, are known for being fast growing and hardy in their youth, but as they grow older they become susceptible to insects and disease, and have a relatively short life span.  By the 1970's the original elm trees of Silver Hills were coming to an end of their lifespan;  they seemed fine on the surface, however they were slowly rotting away on the inside and becoming a public safety hazard. The city and Silver Hill Neighborhood Association began to take action in 1977, with the formation of the Silver Hill Reforestation Project. The project began the plan of removing all the original elm trees and replacing them with the standard tree pallet across Albuquerque, most of which are very high water trees.

On June 15, 2000   the Neighborhood Association invited nursery man, soil ecologist, and local businessman Michael Melendrez to present a seminar on which native and adapted trees are the best trees for Albuquerque's urban forest. The neighborhood was worried that it would lose the ambience that the elm trees created if they replaced them. That’s when Michael Melendrez came in and explained that in a short period of time they could have better trees, that are native to the southwest, drought tolerant, longer lived, and less susceptible to insects than elm trees.   In addition to listing the best trees for Albuquerque’s future, Michael educated the Neighborhood Association on the importance of also fixing the ecology of the soil using bio-mimicry techniques so that the future landscape of trees and grass would be more stainable and need less water.  The southwestern native trees that were discussed for the area included; Western Soapberry, Texas Red Oak, Chisos Red Oak, Bur Oak, New Mexico Live Oak, and Chinquapin Oak, plus a non native but adapted species called the Chinese Pistache. The neighborhood was so impressed by Michael’s seminar that they insisted that the hired architect use only Michael’s trees, rather than his standard selection used often in Albuquerque. 

Picture of trees to be replaced:















In the fall of 2001, Trees That Please was contracted by the City of Albuquerque to apply Soil Secrets products, formerly known as Mycorr-Beasties, to the entire medium and parkways of Silver Ave within the historic district. Michael Melendrez, his father Sam Melendrez, and employee Dr. Mike Karr, and Trees That Please Associate -Dan Garrison, hand spread the various materials, which at that time, made up the protocol of Mycorr-Beasties.   

The objectives of the project was to restore the soil ecology, make the soil more porous and able to absorb irrigation water, replace high analysis fertilizers, and keep the grass and trees green and healthy. If it worked, the City and the Neighborhood Association would require it be specified into the reconstruction of the new landscape plantings that would take place a few years later in 2004.  The site was evaluated for a period of time while the funding for the reconstruction was obtained. As it turned out it did work, it instigated, stimulated, and supported a healthy soil ecology necessary to grow healthy trees. Soil Secrets molecular biology became sole source on the project along with trees grown by Trees That Please Nursery. Today the trees planted in Silver Hill have grown into large healthy trees that the neighborhood has grown to love, and are beneficial to Albuquerque’s urban forest. The images of the trees shown in this blog came from Trees That Please Nursery and are currently thriving in Silver Hill. 


Soil Secrets no longer sells Mycorr-Beasties, as their current lineup of products are much more advanced than what they could do in the early 2000's.  Since the years of the Silver Hill Project, Soil Secrets has grown up.  For the Proof of Concept research and Molecular research, they hired Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the New Mexico Consortium Labs, to help prove that they were making a unique molecular biology products including TerraPro which contains the active ingredient of Supramolecular Humic Molecules, a Soil Pro-Biotic consortium of beneficial soil bacteria called BioPack and the most concentrated mycorrhizal fungi product in the world called EndoMaxima.   Mycorrhizal fungi help plants get nutrients and water out of the soil and protect plants from disease.    The Supramolecular Humic Molecules discovered and manufactured by Soil Secrets are bio-identical and are the carbon rich molecules  that defines the essence of a healthy soil. To complete the protocol Soil Secrets makes a nutritional calorie  that feeds the soil food web called Protein Crumblies.

Trees That Please Delivering Trees:2004


At the present time, some of the largest farming company's on Earth are using Soil Secrets to restore soil ecology, decrease the amount of water needed to grow a crop, improve the crops nutrition profile and improve the growers profit margin.   A massive Highway construction project in a western State is also preparing to use approximately a million dollars worth of Soil Secrets product, as the sole source for the project and in New Mexico the State Abandoned Mines Agency is specifying Soil Secrets for reclaiming uranium mines near Grants. 

Picture taken:2006 Planted trees 




Picture Taken:2009 Notable Growth


Picture Taken: 2014 Autumn Colors


Last Pictures Taken: 2015






By: Amanda Melendrez
Trees That Please Nursery