Soilsmart is a Sydney based, family run business that owners Sue and Paul Patten established in 2003. Paul has been in the agricultural industry for the last 35 years and together with son Steven and wife Cassandra, their focus is on putting the life and biology back into soil and plants, reducing the need for chemicals. We are passionate about the health of plants and soil and firmly believe that what you put in, is what you get out.
What Do We Do Differently?
We have a broad range of products that can help with most deficiencies and problems, however we are also very aware of the importance of having a healthy soil base and the impact that has on all growing things, therefore our biggest point of difference is looking at problems from the bottom up. Soil biology affects the plant in a number of ways, and is made up of tens of thousands of different species. What isn't well understood however, is that every plant (including the species and cultivars we use in turf and amenity industries) have evolved over millions of years in a symbiotic relationship with beneficial soil organisms.
In nature, where the plant is in charge, beneficial organisms are nurtured and encouraged by the plant because the plant knows that it needs their support and protection. Consequently, the plant feeds, encourages and regulates these beneficial organisms and in turn this small army of helpers will protect the plant and maintain both soil structure and Oxygen levels within the root zone.
The other area of difference is more subtle, and relates to our somewhat unique approach to plant nutrition. For many, plant nutrition is taken care of by regular applications of ‘THE BIG THREE’ nutrients, N, P & K and an occasional input of Calcium, trace elements or kelp to provide something more. Quite often, plant health is judged purely on the appearance of the surface. At Soilsmart we understand that unless the plant is able to function fully, from the tips of the leaves through to the tips of the roots, any amount of greening of the surface won’t build a healthy, strong and resilient plant. In fact, the contrary is often the case, and a quick look below the surface can reveal poor root systems and weak plants, prone to disease and insect infestation. Subtly then, we are able to treat causes of poor plant function and help the plant build strength and resilience, rather than just react to the symptoms of poor plant health. Diagnostic tools such as our unique approach to soil and plant testing can reveal deficiencies and imbalances that other methods just can’t. Implementing a biological soil program and restoring the life in soil, is a little like putting the horse back in front of the cart, because rather than the typical biological focus of trying to treat and control pathogenic organisms, the focus is reversed into one of improving and optimising soil and plant health. This change in focus enables us to address the causes of pathogen attack (rather than just dealing with the symptoms of it). It also enables us to proactively build a plants and soils which are stronger, more resilient and far less likely to be the subject of pathogen attack.