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Organic Lawn Care Program

Home lawn of T & J Enterprises. We have yet to capture on camera the richness and spectrum of the varieties of natural emerald green colors in this turf grass. The effects vary throughout the day depending on the light and grass varieties.  In the picture (right) notice  the greens in the drying up chemical lawns are somewhat darker in color. 

T & J Enterprises home lawn

This picture was taken 8-01-99. The weather forecast for the week, mid 90's.  BioVam  grown lawns resist drying out as it gets hotter, while the non-BioVam  lawns in the distance, just get browner.  The ammonia released by higher levels of bacteria cools the lawn in the day and warms the lawn in the evening. 

Organic Lawn Care Program

Core aerate your lawn in the Spring, or when you first learn about our method of turf grass management.  This will help control thatch and it will help open up the turf to air and water penetration.  It also helps get BioVam's Mycorrhizal fungi down onto the roots of the turf.

For each 2,000 square feet of turf, mix 1 quart of BioVam with two quarts of Planters II Mineral Fertilizer and use a drop spreader to apply the mixture to the turf.  Ten pounds of Planters II will cover 1,000 square feet of turf.  Planters II will feed plants and bacteria in the soil.  You will find that earthworm populations will increase as they eat the hyphae from the mycorrhiza, the bacteria, and organic materials in the soils.

Fertilize the lawn with Biosol Forte 7-2-1 Organic Fertilizer (Spring and late Summer) at the rate of 55 lbs per 2,000 square feet when using BioVam.  This long lasting organic fertilizer is food for the plants, bacteria and earthworms. 

Once a week, brew Natures Own Growing System Tea and use a hose end sprayer to apply the tea to the turf grass.  A quart of tea concentrate will cover 2,000 square feet of turf.  If you use Natures Own Growing System Tea, you can apply Biosol Forte 7-2-1 and Planters II at 1/3 the recommended rate.  The high levels of bacteria in Natures Own Growing System Tea will convert Biosol Forte 7-2-1 and Planters II into plant food and will help to convert thatch into plant food. 

Note:  If you have clay soils,  you may want to consider amending those soils by the addition of Gypsum to your turf grass areas.  Mycorrhiza likes the calcium in Gypsum and the Gypsum will help break up the clay. 

Note:  If you have moss growing in your turf grass, you may want to consider checking the pH of the soil.  If it is found to be acidic, you may want to consider applying dolomite lime to your turf grass in order to raise the pH.  You may also want to apply Moss Out (Iron Sulfate) to control the Moss.

Note:  If your lawn develops weed problems that appear to be getting out of control, you may want to consider the application of Weed-Be-Gone II to your turf grasses.  If your water source is from a well and you intend to treat the turf grass around that well, we urge you to get advice from your local extension office before you make a decision to apply any pesticides to your turf grasses.  Please use the utmost caution when handling or making a decision to use any pesticides on your turf grasses.

Most of the following objectives have been met by using BioVam  Mycorrhizae inoculants and Biosol Forte 7-2-1 fertilizer on lawns.  Some were simply not observed because I wasn't able to test that particular situation.


Goals to be Achieved  /  Observed Results of BioVam Lawns

Substantially reduce water use.       

Cut 50% after two months.  Several accounts have been able to go to applying one inch of water once per week onto their turf grasses.  Soil drainage conditions are going to dictate how much water reduction is realized. 

Substantially reduce pesticide applications.

Cut  80% to 90%. 100% if you want to be all organic. The reasons to use pesticide just are significantly reduced.

Substantially reduce maintenance costs.

40% increase in growth, 80% decrease in clippings, Fertilize spring and fall,  healthier grass. BioVam is applied once per year.

Be 100% Environmentally safe.

100% Organic and safe.

Provide a lawn that is drought tolerant.

The roots go down 17 inches; the sod is dense to at least a foot deep.   Less water is required.  When the lawn dries out, it recovers quickly when watered.

Reduce the mowing requirements.

The vertical top growth is reduced 80%.  Mowing is cut by 50%.

Apply only Organic fertilizers

Biosol Forte 7-2-1 is an Organic Fertilizer.

Develop a lawn tolerant to heavy traffic.

There has been a 40% increase in new shoots and the lawn is much thicker and handles more traffic.

Develop a competitiveness against weeds.

The grass is much thicker and many weeds do not like to grow where Mycorrhiza is plentiful.  After three years, we are noticing that certain weeds like dandelions are still at significantly reduced levels, but are never totally eliminated.  We are also seeing that after three years, Black Vedic may have to be controlled.  It has taken three years for Black Vedic to invade our test lawn.

The lawn must grow in direct sun and shade.

The Mycorrhizae inoculated lawn grows equally well in sun and shade.

Develop more new growth.

The rhizome roots of grass became 3/16 inch to 1/4 inch thick and produced 40% new growth.

Develop a deeper root system.

The vertical roots extend 17 inches into the soil.  The sod is quite dense in the first 12 inches.

Reduces sod transplant losses and planting shock.

We have noticed that when BioVam is mixed 1:2 with sand as a carrier and drop spread onto the ground before the sod is put down,  the sod will root much faster and develop a higher level of vitality.

Increases tolerance to soil salinity and polluted soil conditions.

I wasn't able to test this condition either, but Mycorrhizae typically accomplishes that.  We did observe that used motor oil poured onto a BioVam treated lawn was totally consumed and didn't kill any turf grass.

Over grow Necrotic Ring Spot damage.

We have treated damaged areas with grass seed, BioVam Mycorrhiza and Biosol Forte 7-2-1 fertilizer and have found that areas damaged by Necrotic Ring Spot are over grown with turf.  See our Necrotic Ring Spot protocol.

Over grow Fairy Ring damage.

We have treated damaged areas with grass seed, BioVam Mycorrhiza and Biosol Forte 7-2-1 fertilizer and have found that areas damaged by Fairy Ring are over grown with turf.  See our Fairy Ring protocol.

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"Chemical Lawns" dry out.

Just on the other side of Snoopy and out in various places of this lawn, it was starting to dry out as soon as the weather turned warm.  This was the plight year after year of a lawn subjected to "chemical care."  This was due to shallow roots that could not hold water very long.  And this was due to lower levels of ammonia in the soil because bacteria was low in the soil.  Ammonia cools the lawn during the hot days and warms the lawn in cooler nights.

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"BioVam  Grown Lawns" are easy to keep green.

Eight weeks later after several days of triple digit temperatures, and 20 mile an hour winds, the same lawn after being treated with BioVam  and Biosol Forte 7-2-1.  There are NO DRY SPOTS!  We feel that soil conditions will dictate how much water is retained.  We found that the root growth was much deeper in our turf grass after treating with BioVam.

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BioVam  Mycorrhiza Fungi travel plant to plant.

This is three weeks after the BioVam  application.  I watered by hand and I did not water to the right of that line.  My neighbor didn't water at all!   This was before it got hot.  The effect of the Mycorrhizae showed green creeping six feet into my neighbors lawn.  The BioVam  was applied at 1 quart per 1,000 square feet of lawn.  I used 1/2 gallon on 1,800 sq feet. (This was before an improvement to BioVam  by B. Probiotics (inventor and manufacturer of BioVam,) which now allows one quart to treat 2,000 square feet).

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The Roots go deeper into the soil.

What about the roots?  The lawn roots were no longer shallow sod type roots.  They had extended 17 inches into the soil.  The water at the bottom of this picture is from my washing down the side of the hole to expose the roots.  The roots extended 4 inches into the water.  This lawn has become a totally different lawn because of the action of the BioVam  Mycorrhizae.  This picture was taken at 9 weeks.  This soil is basically clay in texture.  It has been loosened up by the mycorrhiza.  As we dug down below where the roots were in this soil, we noticed that water was not soaking into the soil.  Above that point, water was able to penetrate the clay soils that had been penetrated by the roots and mycorrhiza.

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A Healthier Root System.

The lateral roots in this lawn are huge! These roots run laterally below the surface of the ground. It is from these roots that new grass shoots grow. This explains why there is easily a 50% increase in new shoots in this lawn. Some of these roots are thicker than 3/16 and will soon be 1/4 inch thick. The vertical roots now make a sod that is beyond 14 inches thick.

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Fewer Clippings in the first week.

The first week I only obtained one lawnmower catcher bag full of clippings (instead of 5). This was true for the third and subsequent weeks also. Growth in BioVam  Grown lawns is focused more upon new shoots and roots than on top growth.

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This is the second week's mowing of this 1,800 square foot lawn.   This picture shows just how green this lawn truly is.  I have not been able to capture the color very well, but this one is quite close.  I have no idea why so few clippings were obtained this week.  Disposal of clippings with this lawn has been no problem.

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Moss struggles in BioVam  Grown Lawns

This picture taken October 17, 1998 at a customer's lawn in the Spokane Valley, illustrates how grass out competes moss growing in a BioVam  Grown lawn.  The Moss can not compete with the grass and as the grass grows up through the Moss and gets thicker, the Moss gets displaced.

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A Dandelion without BioVam  Applied

This Dandelion at a customer site does not have Mycorrhiza Inoculant in the soil with it.  It is about 20 feet away from a lawn that has been treated with Mycorrhiza inoculants.  The next picture shows what Dandelions look like in a treated lawn.

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Dandelions in a lawn inoculated with BioVam  Mycorrhiza.

These Dandelions were present when this lawn was inoculated with BioVam  Mycorrhiza.  In BioVam  Grown lawns the grass is the dominant plant.  As the grass thickened and the Mycorrhizal process became entrenched these Dandelions, unlike the one above, are finding it difficult to compete with the mycorrhiza treated grass.  They are laying limp on the ground and their leaves are turning yellow.  The dandelion populations stay low, but don't seem to be eliminated.  Each year, we pull about 6-10 dandelions out of our 1,800 square foot test lawn. 

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Grass not inoculated with BioVam  Mycorrhiza will turn yellow if it is covered.

A sheet of steel was left on this lawn for 2.5 days.  When it was lifted up, the grass underneath was all yellow.  It stayed yellow for more than a week.

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Grass Inoculated with BioVam  Mycorrhiza stayed Green!

The same plate as above was left on a lawn inoculated with Mycorrhiza for 2.5 days.  When the plate was lifted up, the grass was as green as that which was not covered.  It was pressed down.  After watering for a short time, you couldn't tell where the steel plate had been placed on this lawn.

Regarding BioVam's viability, quality and packaged quantity:

We guarantee the viability, quality and packaged quantity of our products.  It is highly probable that superior responses in plant growth, health and yield will occur from their use.  Due to the variability of soils and conditions found in various locations and their affects on plant and soil responsiveness to our products, we cannot guarantee all these benefits will occur in all locations and situations.  BioVam's viability is guaranteed for one year from date of shipping from the inventor and manufacturer, B. Probiotics

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