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Composting Palm Trees

Composting Palm Trees

 

Using Custom GP and Custom B5

 

composting palm trees

Composting Palm Trees

Palm trees are great to look at, but composting palm trees is a major headache here in South Florida. Palm trees are notoriously difficult to compost and many composting facilities separate palm tree wastes from other types of landscaping waste material such as grass clippings. Its not uncommon here in S. Florida for palm tree waste to simply be put in a pile and dealt with at a later date.

 

So then in normal times, palm tree wastes accumulate at the collecting facility at a slow but steady rate. When a hurricane comes, the problem of what to do with palm trees is increased 100 fold.

Now, Custom Biologicals has a solution to composting palm trees – use the beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi in Custom GP and Custom B5. These products act as composting accelerators both speeding the composting process and providing a much more consistent end product.

These products help “jump start” the composting process, helping to raise the temperature of the compost pile quickly and efficiently.  The temperature increase is due to increased biological activity and must be closely monitored during the process. Custom Biologicals can provide both beneficial microorganisms and consulting to help make composting palm trees viable at your facility.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be starting a large composting palm trees project here in South Florida. I’ll be posting pictures, data and timeframes from this project. So check pack on this web site often.

In the meantime, should you have the need to compost palm trees more efficiently, less expensively, and in a more timely manner, contact Custom Biologicals at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz.

Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of biological products for use in environmental and agricultural applications. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bacteria as a Soil Treatment

biological soil admendment

Bacteria as a Soil Treatment

Soil treatments have been in the news lately. There have been a large amount of studies that focus on the benefits of using individual bacteria, generally of the genus Bacillus, to increase soil productivity for a wide variety of crops.

Bacillus as a Soil Treatment

A number of Bacillus species are naturally present at low levels in most cultivated soils. However, soils treated with insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers over a number of years have been shown to have a greatly reduced natural

Bacteria as a Soil Treatment

Custom B5 Soil productivity product

population of beneficial soil bacteria. It is known that the harsh chemical treatments kill the bad microorganisms, both bacteria and fungi. Unfortunately, it is now known that these same chemicals are killing off the beneficial bacteria and other beneficial microorganisms as well. Soils that have a depleted level of beneficial microorganisms, usually produce small plants, resulting in smaller crop yield and these plants tend to have more problems with plant disease.

Custom B5

Fortunately, these lost microorganisms can be replaced with Custom B5, a soil productivity product by Custom Biologicals. Custom B5 contains a blend of five specifically selected, all natural bacteria strains of the genus Bacillus. These bacteria have been selected because of their safety and because of their ability to improve soil conditions for plant growth.

Custom B5 contains the following bacteria:

  • Bacillus subtilis including B sub GB03
  • Bacillus laterosporus
  • Bacillus licheniformus
  • Bacillus megaterium
  • Bacillus pumilus 

Benefits of Bacteria as a Soil Treatment

The addition of Custom B5 to soils immediately increases the microorganism population to that of fertile soils. A great benefit  found in soils treated with B5 is a increase in the rate of crop residue decomposition. This is due to the heightened production of enzymes that degrade these crop residues. Enzymes produced degrade compounds such as; cellulose, hemicellulose, chitin, and fungicides.

There are many great benefits of using the beneficial bacteria in Custom B5 and these benefits directly and indirectly effect plant growth. Plants taken from bioaugmented soils are larger, have denser greener leaves, and have a greater root mass. Some of the important growth stimulating factors produced by these beneficial bacteria are:

  • The supply the plant with nitrogen that can be used biologically. In other words, nitrogen that is more readily available to the plants.
  • Beneficial bacteria produce phytohormones (plant growth regulators) including cytokinin, ethylene, gibberellin, auxins, and abscisic acid.
  • Improved processing of inorganic and organic nutrients like:
    • Nitrogen
    • Phosphorus
    • Calcium
    • Copper
    • molybdenum
    • Magnesium
    • Zinc
    • Iron

Microbial products have a number of different names; biofertilizers, soil amendments, soil probiotics.

Custom B5 is unique in the marketplace because it contains five beneficial bacteria in one soil productivity product.

Custom Biologicals is can be contacted at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz. Distributor and dealer inquires are always welcome.

B. sub bacteria

Bacillus subtilis

B sub GB03

Activating Biochar with BiotaMax

Activating Biochar with BiotaMax™

Why Biochar Needs to be Activated?

To get the most benefit from Biochar it needs to be activated or charged with microorganisms and/or nutrients. Biochar has unique qualities that provide an ideal habitat for beneficial soil microorganisms. Specifically, its high porosity, cation exchange capacity, and chemical composition quickly provide a permanent micro-habitat for the

Biochar

Biota Max for Biochar

essential, beneficial soil microorganisms.

There’s a link to the full Activating Biochar brochure at the bottom of the page. 

When raw Bio char is added to the soil without activation, a flow of microorganisms and nutrients will take place from the soil to the Bio char. This process has the immediate effect of robbing the soil of these critical components – at least temporarily. The charging from soil microorganisms may take anywhere from 3 months to one year (or longer) depending on the presence and concentrations of the indigenous microorganisms. During this activation period, soils will be deficient of the beneficial soil microorganisms and crop yields will be reduced.

On the other hand, when Biochars are activated with Biota Max before being added to the soil, the beneficial microorganisms are transmitted immediately from Biochar to the soil. The beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi in Biota Max immediately start to improve the soil, resulting in bigger, healthier roots and more productive crops.

Advantage of Activating with Biota Max

Activating with BiotaMax™ has a number of advantages:

  • Biota Max™ contains beneficial bacteria and beneficial Trichoderma fungi needed by plants to grow healthier root systems.
  • Bio char activated with BiotaMax™ goes to work IMMEDIATELY improving the condition of the soil.
  • To be most effective, it needs to be activated. Compost is too slow and produces very inconsistent results.
  • Biota Max™ can be applied, safely, easily,  and cost effectively, to Biochar in a matter of minutes – there is no need to wait for compost to mature.
  • Biota Max™ comes in a highly concentrated, easy to handle, effervescent tablet.
  • One Biota Max™ tablet can charge enough to treat 1000 square meters or ¼ acre.
  • Eliminates the use of manure as a compost source. Manure can contain antibiotics, insecticides, fungicides, or worse – pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms.

Order Biota Max™ for your Biochar – TODAY

 

Contact Custom Biologicals at (561) 797-3008 or Bill@CustomBio.biz for more information. Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of biological products including biofertilizers for agriculture, farming and gardening.

Biochar and Biotamax Brochure.pdf