Magnesium’s impact on plants: Magnesium is a secondary macronutrient that is essential for plant life, playing a significant role in soil structure, and physical condition. Even minor magnesium deficiencies will weaken a plant, making it susceptible to many ailments. However, a major plant magnesium deficiency will cause significant stress that will eventually cause plant decline…. Read More »
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Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Because of that century and a half old Liebig’s Law, we know that every nutrient is equally essential for plant health. However, when you look at nutrient’s functions, some simply do more work than others. So how important is phosphorous? If there were no phosphorous… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Many of you know me as Mike Hamilton, Turf Dietitian, and the guy who typically discusses soil science, so you’ll find that this newsletter and stab at psychology is way out of the norm for me. I’m writing this because, after years of visiting hundreds… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Sulfur’s an interesting nutrient because it really falls in between a micro and macro nutrient. Like most macro nutrients, sulfur is responsible for structural formations within a plant. In addition, sulfur is responsible for enzyme production and reactions, like most micro-nutrients. Sulfur is often referred… Read More »
Nutrient of the Month – Sodium – Even though sodium is an essential element, we rarely think of it as part of our nutritional programs. Sodium is typically that evil nutrient that quickly becomes destructive to plants and soil structure. Because of osmotic pressure, moderate levels of sodium can suck moisture and nutrients in or out of plants, shrink roots, and diminish many of metabolic functions of a healthy plant.