Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Soil Secrets - Biomimetic Soil Ecology - "To Copy What is Life Like"
Category of Product: 
Pre-Biotic - substances that stimulates the growth or activity of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria and fungi) by creating or supporting a favorable environment.    In this case the environment is soil and the  area close to the plant roots called the rhizosphere. 
  
1. TerraPro - Tested and Measured doing a molecular characterization down to a sub-atomic level,  under a Commercial Proprietary Information Contract by Los Alamos National Labs with Sandia National Laboratories,  TerraPro is a carbon rich Macro-Molecular Substance (huge molecules clustered together into Supramolecular groups).  Supramolecular just means that the molecules are highly energized and they self assembled into larger structures where the molecules are not chemically bonded to each other.  In nature the carbon that accumulates on the surface of plant roots, the result of a chemical reaction and carbon sequestration, are recalcitrant carbon structures that are macro huge and supramolecular.     Recalcitrant means that this form of carbon will not decay at the hands of the soil microbes and will persist in the soil for a long time.   Some people will call Humic Acids recalcitrant however Humic Acids have never been described down to a molecular level, so not much is known about them.  TerraPro has been described using a molecular characteriztion study at the National Labs.   It fortifies the soil using a Biomimetic  molecular substances that support the healthy function of soil structure, soil porosity, drainage, salinity control, sodium remediation, improved uptake of water, improved uptake of mineral elements into the plant, improved environment for soil microorganism.     This products active ingredient is protected by the Intellectual Act as proprietary and is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.  

2. Protein Crumblies - Provides a nutritional calorie of energy for the soil microbes to feed on by using protein.  Protein molecules are built from amino acids, which are the  the building blocks of all life and essential for stimulating and supporting the growth of beneficial soil biota.   The Data Sheet for Protein Crumblies defines the exact caloric contribution from Amino Acids that the product provides to the Terrestrial Biosphere (soil, microbes and plants).  The product also provides the Amino Acids needed to build the most common protein on earth, which is RuBisCo, a critical part of Calvin Cycle   (the photosynthesis process) in plants.   Without Calvin Cycle, nothing happens and we have no plants!
3. SUPRAPLEX - used by  fertilizer company's as the base liquid to add other soluble nutrients.  Also could be used by lawn care company's for the same use for foliar feeding.  Made from TTP Supreme Compost by minimizing the compost down to a sub collodal particle size into a liquid solution.  The mechanism for doing this is proprietary.    

4. Earth Nectar & Earth Ambrosia - companion items containing SUPRAPLEX,  enzymes, Kelp and solublized oxidized lignite shale that provides a Humic Acid value.   Keep in mind that the term Humic Acids does not describe a molecular substance that's ever been characterized or described.   It's only a term that's used to describe a carbon substance measured using a very basic non molecular technique.   

Pro-Biotic - In the case of Soil Secrets are specific microbes including  live bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi or yeasts that are good for the health of the whole system.   By specific we are saying we know exactly who the bacteria are and how many live cells the product contains of each species.  The bacteria Pro-Biotic called BioPack is a Consortium product.   These are the organisms that support and directly articulate with plants, providing something for the plants while the plants provide something back in exchange.  This class of soil microbes are also involved in the anabolic construction of precursor chemicals such as enzymes, aromatic carbon rings, glyco-proteins (Glomalin), etc.   They are also the microbes that provide both a solutioning and solubilizing effect on the mineral elements of soil such as silica, sulfur, iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.  These type of microbes are specialists and are not the same microbes that we call the Saprophytes, such as those microbes we find in compost  involved with the catabolism (tearing down) of soil organic matter.      

1. EndoMaxima - Single species Rhizophagus irregularis  (formerly known as Glomus intraradices)  mycorrhizal product containing the industries highest spore count AM product at 3200 viable spores per gram.   We are also capaple of providing this product at a spore count of 6400 spores per gram, approprieate for growers using vacuum air planters so that 300,000 live spores per acre can be targeted for treatment on seed while planting.
2. MycoMaxima - a multiple species mycorrhizal product including both AM species and Ecto species, useful for diverse landscaping projects including hardwoods and conifers plus species that use only AM (VAM) mycorrhizal relationships.
3. MycoMaxima Professional - For Landscaping, this product contains a blend of MycoMaxima with TerraPro, plus a buffering base cation blend of calcium and magnesium.  For placing the mycorrhizal spores directly into the planting hole, this product has a specific application chart for planting containerized plants and larger trees.    
4. White Lightning - is the retail MycoMaxima 
5. BioPack Soil ProBiotic Consortium - includes 12 species of yeast and bacteria that directly support plant health by solubilizing elements from the soil so plants can uptake those elements.    

Fertilizer - any product that supplies elements of nutrition such as N-P-K or the minors, regardless of the product having a guaranteed analysis statement.

1. TTP Supreme Compost - While not legally a fertilzer, compost provides elements of nutrition for plants such as nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, etc.   However a guranteed analysis is difficult to do with compost as the reciept of ingredients is impossible to keep exact.  Therefore compost is more easily recognized as a Soil Amendment.  Our compost called TTP Supreme is screened to a minimum particle size so it can be used in a  hydroseeder, while minimizing plug up problems.  The screening process also  concentrates the mineral nutrient value by increasing the bulk density of the compost, therefore more compost per cubic foot of product.  All compost contains mineral nutrients and nitrogen so the greater the bulk density the more compost per cubic foot and the higher the nutrient concentration per cubic foot.    Also contains microbial saprophytes that will fortify a sterile soil with microbes for the objective of breaking down organic matter.  Remember, these are not the same microbes that we can provide in our Consortium BioPack product.  
    Saprophytes are more generally plants, fungi, or micro-organisms more accurately called myco-heterotrophs because they actually parasitize fungi, rather than dead organic matter directly. They live on dead or decomposing matter.
Bio-Stimulants - pretty much any Pre-biotic could be called a Bio-Stimulant, however most bio-stimulants I see being offered also claim to have a microbial component, which is usually not identified.  Most products sold are illegal and are not properly identified or registered in those states that are tough to get registration in.  

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fixing Soil using Carbon: Can Soil Carbon Sequestering be Encouraged and How Does This Change The Water Management Equation?

By Michael Martin Melendrez, Founder and Managing Member - Soil Secrets LLC

It's common knowledge that the idea of increasing the amount of soil organic matter is generally a good idea.   Its an even better idea if you live in a place on the globe where soils never truly developed a defined zone of topsoil that one can see with the naked eye.  Where I live in the arid Southwestern Chihuahuan Desert the only place we can truly see carbon rich topsoil is where lots of natural vegetation was able to grow over many hundreds of years, depositing organic debris and growing lots of roots that finally decay and contribute to this accumulation of decaying organic matter.   An example of this might be along a creek or river where riparian vegetation is getting enough water.  

It's also commonly accepted that soil organic matter (som) increases the soils potential for holding onto water, where its been said that for every 1 percent of increase in soil organic matter you can hold an additional 25,000 to 30,000 gallons of water per acre of soil.   That's a bunch if you can increase the percentage by 3-4 or 5 percent.  However lets be even more specific on how to calculate this out.   For example, it is also commonly accepted in the world of soil science that the carbon fraction of the total soil organic matter is about 58 % and that the carbon part of the soil organic matter is what actually holds the water, capable of holding 10 times its weight    So for every 100 thousand pounds of organic matter we have 58,000 pounds of the element carbon which can hold 580,000 pounds of water.   A huge number!     Water will weigh about 8.36 pounds per gallon if fresh water, less,  so 580,000 pounds of water is equal to 69,378 gallons of H2O.  

Soil Secrets success in increasing the percent of organic matter and soil carbon sequestering.    I've attached a inset of a soil analysis so we can see the values concerning the increase in Percent Organic Matter on a trial site we've been watching for 12 years.  At the start 12 years ago the site had a raw percent organic matter content of only .6%, slilght over 1/2 percent.   The site is sand soil so the bulk density will be higher with the whole acre foot of soil weighing about 4.8 mllion pounds, therefore 4,800,000 X .006 = 28,000 pounds of indigenous soil organic matter.  So before Priming with Soil Secrets Biomimetic process, the raw carbon of the site 1 foot deep can hold 19,980 gallons of water.    So if you look at the inset of the analysis done on 11/21/2016 you can see that the new percentage value has gone up to 5.8%, which is 278,400 total pounds of Soil Organic Matter.  The carbon fraction will be at 161,472 pounds holding 1,614,720 pounds of water which is 193,148 gallons of water per acre foot.   That's 4.4 gallons of water in every cubic foot of soil.  




 Humic Acid Percentage of Control and of treatment site


In conclusion, by using the "Applied Science" of the Biomimetic products invented by Soil Secrets LLC, we have proven that we can accelerate the soil carbon sequestering process faster than the application of soil amendments such as compost, manure or biochar can contribute.   The formation of topsoil defined by this Net Gain in Soil Carbon penetrates the earth 24 inches.  See the attached photo of a spade of dark top soil that was extracted versus another picture showing the raw site before Soil Secrets.    The 24 inch deep carbon rich top soil at 5.8% Soil Organic Matter is a massive accumulation far exceeding what Nature could normally produce over the course of several centuries.    The final evaluation we used to measure carbon accumulation was to measure the Net Gain in what we generically call Humic Acid, which are not really acids, but are carbon rich compounds that resist decay.  These compounds also called Humic substances fall under the catagory of "Recalcitrant Carbon" which are not measured using the Soil Organic Matter test.  In this case we had a net gain of 24,960 pounds of this type of carbon per acre one foot deep. 

Net Gain:
- Soil Organic Matter = 249,600 pounds
- Humic Recalcitrant Carbon = 24,960 pounds 

Combined, the two types of carbon add up to a successful story of a massive amount of Carbon Sequestering 



Deep Spade holding over 20 inches of carbon rich top soil extracted from the test plot.



The raw site used as a Control.  Collecting soil for analysis

Monday, December 12, 2016

I've been reading up on new ways to access changes in soil concerning the Soil's Biota (the microbes),  who they are and what diversity there is. I've found a bunch of published writings on using phospholipid fatty acid (known as PLFA) as a method of measuring this factor.   Microbial components are expressed as content of phospholipid fatty acid markers specific for each component.   I've attached one article that used this method in measuring the microbial community structure on various sites including one treated with biochar.   Since many of you continue to ask me about biochar this grabbed my attention.  The study found that the site treated with biochar tested out pretty good, so I decided to look at this closer and when I did I found that the amount of biochar used per sq. ft. was 3.5 pounds, 152,460 pounds per acre.   Holly Smolly, can you image using that much TerraPro, how fantastic the results would be? I've attached the paper so you can read it.  I've also attached two images of a Vegetation Analysis using infrared done by our team members in California, Don De Boar and Bob Geyer, showing a clear benefit on almonds using TerraPro at a rate that's a tiny fraction of what biochar was used in the attached study, or the amount of compost that is used by many DOT agency's in doing highway re-vegetation construction.  We have many images using Color Infrared (CIR) Imagery on corn silage, almonds, and pistachio orchards, all showing the same benefit of keeping the plants producing photosynthesis longer into the heat of the day while also keeping the soil and vegetation cooler. We can only imagine what the changes and benefits are to using less water because of this, but we do have reports from some of our growers who have been able to reduce irrigation by large amounts such as 50% or more.
Michael Martin Melendrez
Managing Member, Soil Secrets LLC
1850 E. Main St. Suite A2
Los Lunas, NM 87031








Monday, December 5, 2016

Here's additional information on how well TerraPro's organic chemistry benefits agriculture by using vegetation analysis with infrared. These are almond orchards in California. You can easily see that the fields treated with TerraPro have more leaf cover and are needing less water because the soil and biomass temperatures are lower. At our own arboretum in Los Lunas the soil temperatures are 16 degrees cooler than other sites in Valencia County at the same time. The lawn images are one year apart in Merced California.








I'm thrilled to share this Proof of Concept with the world. For many decades there have been products that claimed to fix soil, conserve water in agriculture, help soils retain water, increase carbon in the soil, and make the soil a better place for microbes to live. In recent years Bio Char has become the rage with similar claims of success. However Bio Char can be nothing else other than the cellulose of wood that has burned off the lignin glue that holds the cellulose together as wood. Remember that Cellulose is glucose linked together as a larger complex sugar, so once the lignin is gone, the remaining molecular structure cannot have much of a Mechanism of Action that can change the chemistry or physics of soil. Since Bio Char is lightweight in bulk density its possible that if you used enough of it you could fluff up the soil and change its porosity, therefore increasing the soils ability to absorb water and oxygen. Remember that an acre of sand one foot deep will weigh about 4.8 million pounds so to decrease its bulk density by enough margin to make a difference you'd need to add 250 tons to the acre. This would not be economically feasible! However our company, Soil Secrets LLC has performed molecular analysis of soil carbon structures down to a sub-atomic level, describing for the first time what these molecular structures are and how they work and we can now manufacture them in bulk. We have a clear understanding of what the Mechanism of Actions are concerning these structures, some of which address the benefits I listed at the start of this statement. The attached images, part of the Commercial Proprietary Information of Soil Secrets demonstrate the evidence that this product called TerraPro, a Biological Biominetic of Nature will fix the many problems of soil including the loss of soil carbon, collapsed disperse soil, poor porosity reducing water percolation and excessive demand for irrigation in both urban landscaping as well as agriculture. We've performed a vegetation analysis on clients crops in California using Color Infrared (CIR) Imagery that shows when a crop is getting enough water, when the soil is cooler and therefore not evaporating as much water, and showing when the crop leaf temperatures have gotten too warm for photosynthesis to continue. The green on the following images are the cooler areas where TerraPro was applied. On the Corn silage image the rate of application went from 2000 pounds per acre down to 66 pounds, where even the smaller amount still shows some green. Not as much as the 2000 pounds, but still impressive results. In a future post I'll show some almond and pistachio orchards where you can see the trees have more foliage where the TerraPro was applied. Keep in mind that TerraPro is not a fertilizer, it's a soil biologic treatment. The images at ground level showing the base of corn plants shows which plants are under stress and which are not. If the stem shows pink, that's nitrate accumulation happening because the plant is under water stress, while the plants showing little to no pink are not as stressed. These two images are only a few dozen feet from each other but the green non-pink plants were treated with 2000 pounds of TerraPro per acre at planting. I can guarantee you that 2000 pounds of compost or 2000 pounds of bio-char cannot achieve this same benefit.






Friday, October 14, 2016

2016 International Oak Society South West Tour



On September 23 through September 29th members of the IOS joined Michael Melendrez, member and guide on a tour to Southern New Mexico mountains that contain oak woodlands. 
They've expressed their gratitude in this letter that we would like to share with you.

These images were from a hike we did into the foothills of the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces





Monday, September 19, 2016

These are the non cation nutrients

In the red column are the nutrients called Anion, which have a negative charge opposite of the Cation nutrients.  The soil has a negative charge of various strengths called the CEC or Cation Exchange Capacity.  For example sand has a weaker CEC than clay therefore clay can hold more Cation nutrients than sand. However the negative charge of soil will repel the nutrients that already have a negative charge, the Anions in the soil therefore cannot hold onto those nutrients. TerraPro however can hold both Cations and Anions by having the Mechanism of Action of a Chelation Overlay.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

One of our Chinquapin Oaks

This is a Chinquapin oak that came from us about 10 years ago. Its planted in the desert near Farmington New Mexico.  This tree was grown from seed collected by us from the Capitan Mountains, a native New Mexican population of that species. Its one of the best adapted large shade trees for the urban areas of the high desert areas of the Southwest.


Thursday, September 1, 2016


This is corn I grew in Bosque Farms in order to harvest the corn as silage and then turn the silage into compost.  I treated my side of the field with EndoMaxima (the Soil Secrets Mycorrhizal product) and TerraPro (the Soil Secrets Humic Acid product)  while the field right next to mine did not get Soil Secrets.   Both fields historically were amended with 30 tons of dairy manure per acre per year, resulting in high levels of soil nitrogen.  For that reason on my side of the field I did not apply nitrogen while the other side was fertilized with N.   

What's important about these images is the pink showing up on the bottom foot of the corn stem which indicates nitrate accumulation.  This is indicative of the plant being under stress.  Both fields were identical in soil type and irrigation, with the only difference being Soil Secrets on our side.   Our side shows little to no nitrate accumulation which I believe is proving that our protocol of Molecular Biology is helping to reduce stress on the crop.  The image with Fred standing between the two fields also shows that our treated field on the right  is much taller, has more biomass and out performed the conventional field on the left.  

The final image shows both fields after the corn was harvested and winter oats sown.  The border going down the middle separates the control (without Soil Secrets) on the left hand side of the image with the Soil Secrets treated side, where the germination advantage is more than obvious.  

Michael 





Friday, July 29, 2016

Building Healthy Soil - October 12th Santa Fe, NM

Come learn the secrets  to soil restoration

 from Michael Melendrez



Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Building Healthy Soil

Thursday, October 12th from 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Location- Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715
Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Cost:$10 Member/$15 Not-yet-Member

For more information and to register
click this link:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Dealer

Soil Secrets has another new Dealer offering our products to Agriculture. The Dune Company of Yuma Arizona and the Dune Company of Imperial Valley California

Many good things are happening to New Mexico's fast growing Soil Ecology company called Soil Secrets LLC.  From its humble beginnings as a compost and soil amendment company manufacturing products   sold   through its parent company the Trees That Please Nursery in Los Lunas and a dozen other retail nurseries and retail stores in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, to  developing the best molecular biology products in the industry.  Soil Secrets is  now known for being the industry leader when it comes to fixing soils and our products are requested by mine reclamation engineers, design build contractors and the world of agriculture.  Soil Secrets has taken the terms Humic Acid and Mycorrhizal fungi and perfected the quality and efficacy of those products to a standard never seen before.  The Dune Company is now on board with Soil Secrets and will offer our science to the farmers in the lower Colorado - Yuma - Gila River Valley as well as the huge Imperial Valley of California.  We at Soil Secrets and Soil Secrets Worldwide are excited to welcome on board the Dune Company.  

Michael Martin Melendrez  



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Proof of Concept Testing On Saline Sodic Soil

Last summer we did some Proof of Concept testing at the New Mexico Consortium labs, determining if the Supramolecular Aromatic Chemistry coming from the Humic molecules in TerraPro provided a Mechanism of Action in fixing or controlling sodic saline conditions.  The tests went well and with positive results, however there were a few steps that got missed or left out that I'd like to get some measurements on, so Anna and I will do a repeat of a similar tests using our new lab in Los Lunas.   I'm hoping that Kevin Devine and Stephen Gomez, both highly qualified professional chemists can help me do some test and measurements once the grow out phase is completed.  I collected 20 gallons of soil from this spot near Socorro New Mexico where even the native salt grass was beyond its tolerance and could not grow.  You can see the salt grass growing close to the collection site but not on it.  I've taken the soil back to the lab, will send samples off to a lab for a pre-test analysis, and follow that up with a post test analysis.  In the meantime we shall see what increment of TerraPro gives us the best performance germinating some stuff.  When we did this last summer with Los Alamos National Labs, the post soil analysis phase was skipped because the soil was thrown away after the roots of the plants were extracted  and measured for microbial characteristics.   I asked that the soil be returned to me, but that didn't happen. 
 


 
Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC

www.soilsecrets.com

Friday, May 13, 2016

Where is Soil Secrets? Latest News

Our Founder and Owner of both Trees That Please and Soil Secrets Michael Melendrez is in big demand as a soil health teacher.    He covers how the dynamics of soil really works, covering everything you need to know to understand how plants get water and nutrition out of the soil, why you should  not use soil acidifiers on alkaline soil, and how we can use a Pre-Biotic combined with a Pro-Biotic approach to building healthy soil.  Last week he was in Alamogordo New Mexico talking to Master Gardeners and a large crowd of Southern New Mexicans.  Next week he will be talking in Yuma Arizona  and in the Imperial Valley of California, teaching professional farm agronomists how we can fix farm soil using biomimicry doing the same Pre-Biotic Pro-Biotic process.  Some of the largest independent ag fertilizer company's in North America are now using Michael's Soil Secrets products to accomplish the job of fixing the natural process of soil. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Letter from beyond satisfied farmer!

Here is a letter from a beyond satisfied farmer 
to our Soil Secrets Distributor John Miller.


05/08/16 


Soil Secrets Distribution and AgGrand Dealer
John Miller, President
SPEC International, Inc.
13952 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85739


Dear John,

As a small farmer in the Arizona desert, I have to commend you and your great recommendations on applicable growing products for my farm. If you will remember a year ago or so I was talking with you about my small citrus trees that I had just planted in the Winter. I really thought I had done a poor job of planting they were very thin and weak, you had mentioned to me about using your Terra Pro product on the base of my trees. I had purchased a tote from you earlier and saw amazing results in my vegetable gardens, but I had not considered using it on my trees. I simply sprinkled about a pound around the tree well of each tree, didn’t think much about it for a few months. In that same conversation you mentioned your organic AGgrand product which I also was purchasing from you for my vegetable gardens, to spray my trees down with a diluted solution every month or so. Since I had started this practice on my citrus, I was also curious if it would work on my stone fruit trees, so I went ahead and included them!

The results this season are nothing short of outstanding! The new growth and fruit production is the highest since I have lived on the property, these are young trees and there is so much fruit that the branches are falling to the ground! Our first harvest off of two Peach trees was over 200lbs, I am scrambling to get them all SOLD! We have many more to pick, just waiting for them to size up a bit. 

I just wanted to send you a quick note with a huge Thank You, for the recommendations of these two products for my trees!

Thank you for supporting my little farm…

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bare-Root Craze

The season is here! Trees That Please is now excited to announce the availability of our Bare-root Fruit Trees! Our large varieties and high quality options of bare-root fruit trees, at the best price possible, make for an exciting season for fruit tree lovers, and the beginner to advanced gardeners. 
During the midwinter season, while the fruit trees are dormant, the trees are uprooted from the fields and shipped to our retail nursery. As a result of the trees winter dormancy, the root systems remain intact and healthy during this process; allowing you to expand your garden at the lowest prices of the season. 
Planting bare-root fruit trees in the dormant season will allow you to prune and train your tree to be the particular shape and size you desire. Planting dormant bare-root fruit trees allows for a stress free environment while your tree adapts to its new soil. Bare-root fruit trees are one of the easiest ways to include food bearing trees into your garden. 
             To be successful at growing bare root fruit trees, or any tree, the health of the soil is of paramount importance. Soil Secrets helps to solve that problem. Soil Secrets, North Americas leader in soil ecology, builds the right products for making its soil as healthy as possible.  Soil Secrets features 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. Soil Secrets is also available at Trees That Please, Albuqurque Metropolitans premier retail nursery.

Whether your garden is well established or just beginning, our fruit trees will be an assured enhancement to your landscape. With prices starting at $14.99, look to us for your bare-root apple, pear, blackberry, plum, sweet or tart cherry, peach, fig, raspberry, gooseberry, pomegranate, kiwi, and many more! Our knowledgeable staff are enthusiastic to help you decide on the best variety for your particular needs and landscape. 






Thursday, March 10, 2016

 Michael Martin Meléndrez

"Microbes Rule"
 At one time Soil Secrets like everybody else attempted to fix the many problems of soil by using products such as compost, compost tea, compost extracts, worm castings, bio-char, molasses, and the list goes on. However with microbial labs now getting into the act and working for hire providing the ability to look for the DNA footprint of microbes, along with gene sequencing, we can now create products and protocols that have turned a "square wheel world into a round wheel." We can now produce exactly the correct microbes that are needed to solve the many issues of soil health and plant nutrient uptake, particularly in agriculture where increasing salinity is inhibiting the uptake of plant nutrients. Check out the list of the Soil Biota that we are currently working on providing our farming and landscaping clients. At the moment we are waiting for final approval by all the government entities of these microbes, so we can begin offering them. The product is a consortium of microbes we call "Soil Probiotic BioPack." The BioPack will be a new tool in our tool box to go along with our EndoMaxima Mycorrhizal product, the highest rated and highest spore count mycorrhizal inoculant sold in North America.





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. 



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