Soilsmart is a Sydney based, family run business that owners Sue and Paul Patten established in 2003. Paul has been active in the Turf and Agricultural industry for more than 40 years and has now been joined by son Steven, Steven’s wife Cassandra and Lloyd Webber. Soilsmart continues to focus its efforts on restoring soil biology and plant health in a natural way to build resilience and reduce the need for chemicals.
What Do We Do Differently?
The company has always had a strong biological background, but in our quest to solve problems over the years we have also developed a range of unique products that can help with many of the common challenges faced in the turf and agricultural sectors. A comprehensive understanding of how plants interact with the environment has enabled us to help people identify and treat the causes of problems, rather than simply treating the symptoms of them.
The business has had solid base in soil biology from its inception. Soil biology is made up of tens of thousands of different species which interact with plants in numerous ways and every plant (including the species and cultivars we use in turf) have evolved over millions of years in a mutually beneficial relationship with these soil organisms.
In nature, where the plant is in control, 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 are able protect the plant and maintain both soil structure and Oxygen levels within the root zone.
Implementing a biological soil program and restoring the life in soil, is a little like putting the horse back in front of the cart - rather than the typical practice of trying to treat and control pathogens after they have become obvious, a biological soil program is about improving and optimising soil and plant health, so that they can cope naturally with any potential challenges.
Our unique approach to plant nutrition is another key area of difference for Soilsmart. For many, plant health is judged purely on the appearance above the soil 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 above the surface won’t build a healthy, strong and resilient plant. In fact, the contrary is often the case, and a quick look below a seemingly healthy plant above the surface, often reveals poor root systems and weak plants, prone to disease and insect infestation. We employ specialist laboratories and a unique set of diagnostic tools in our approach to soil and plant analysis which often reveals deficiencies and imbalances that other methods just can’t. Subtly then, our focus is on building strength and resilience in plants and soils, so they can adapt and cope with the many challenges that nature and an ever= changing environment can present to them.