What Do We Do Differently?
The Soilsmart business has been built with a strong biological base, our approach to soil and plant management is to support plants by providing the opportunity for them to do their thing to the best of their ability.
A well-balanced plant growing in an optimal soil environment is better able to deal with issues such as disease infestation, pest attack, thatch, moisture infiltration etc, which ironically are some of the main challenges for turf managers.
This approach enables us to work on the causes of plant health problems, rather than simply reacting to the next symptom to rear its head.
A biological soil program is about improving and optimising plant health and soil balance, so that you are better able to cope naturally with any potential challenges.
Managing and manipulating soil biology is not as easy as it sounds however, for the best results you need to employ ‘active and diverse’ inoculants with the correct food resources.
These days, what is labelled as ‘biological’ can often fall well short of having any potential to help in practice.
Having been asked by customers to help solve a variety of problems over the years, we have also developed a range of unique products that can help with many of the challenges faced by plant-based industries.
Our unique approach to plant nutrition is another key difference for Soilsmart. Often, plant health is judged purely on the appearance above the soil surface, however unless the plant is functioning 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, often reveals poor root systems and weak plants, prone to disease and insect infestation.
A comprehensive understanding of how plants function and interact with the natural environment has enabled us to help people identify and minimise these plant health issues.
We employ specialist laboratories and techniques to analyse and diagnose soils and plants which can often reveal deficiencies and imbalances that other methods just can’t.
Subtly then, our focus is on building strength and resilience in plants, and life and balance in soils. In this way both plants and soils can adapt and cope with the many challenges that nature and an ever-changing climate can present to them.