What is Agro-Z Soil Additive Growth Media?
Plants can be demanding in the best of times. Anyone from first time gardeners to experienced farmers can attest to this fact. There are numerous elements including soil additives that need to be carefully considered and monitored when raising anything from flowers to fruits and vegetables to growing grass. In order for plants to flower and grow properly, they need plenty of sunlight, water, nutrients, proper heat, oxygen, and space. Resources like sunlight, temperature, air, and space rely on location and the time of year, therefore, the grower is responsible for knowing when and where to plant their seeds.
The final two resources for plants are more difficult. You can certainly plant in an area with good rainfall and nutrient rich soil or use an irrigation system and fertilizers to ensure they get enough of each. However, even with these resources, the plants may not grow optimally. What it really comes down to, is the nutrient retaining capabilities of the soil. Different parts of the world have vastly differing soil types, as seen in this map that charts the 12 soil orders defined by the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA). Each soil has different levels of metals, minerals, silt, sand, gravel, clay, and organic material. Certain soil types will leach nutrients faster or are too porous to hold water for very long.
People tend to think of fertilizers as the ultimate solution for any issues with growing plants, but many of them are merely nutritional supplements. However, there has been work done in developing fertilizer additives that, when combined with common organic or synthetic fertilizers and applied to the application areas, will improve nutrient availability, condition the local soil, increase the amount of moisture the soil can hold and minimize environmental impact.
Genesis Water Technologies, Inc. has developed one such soil additive medium known as Agro-Z.
This soil additive media utilizes a synergistic blend of natural ingredients integrating the unique properties of the natural compound zeolite with other specific ingredients to improve the inherent qualities of the local soil, reduce water and optimize fertilizer use in the process.
Different types of zeolites have made great strides in the water treatment industry in filtration media and other specific applications. This mineral is a hydrated aluminosilicate that can be found in different parts of the world. These minerals have a microporous structure, allowing them to act as molecular sieves with additional adsorptive and cation exchange capabilities.
Integrating the unique characteristics of a hydrated aluminosilicate with other complimentary ingredients can enable the ability of the planting soil to handle large amounts of water, absorb fertilizing nutrients, and slowly release both as needed by the plant root system while also trapping toxic contaminants that may be in the soil or irrigation water.
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