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Mirimichi Green Launches New Soil Amendment Essential-G

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Mirimichi Green Launches New Soil Amendment Essential-G™

06/09/2020 – Castle Hayne, NCMirimichi Green has expanded its granular product line with a new, prilled soil amendment called Essential-G. Essential-G contains the most essential components for amending the soil in a uniquely spreadable granular format.   

Underpinned by Mirimichi Green’s CarboMatrix technology, Essential-G is comprised of silicon, reclaimed coffee grounds, premium composts, humates, and USDA Certified Biobased Carbon (biochar). Each of these ingredients has proven field research and test results demonstrating effectiveness in improving soil health and quality, but they’ve never been available in a single, convenient product.

Essential-G’s consistency is ideal for spreading in any standard push-behind spreader. After months of field testing, the size of the prill goes out easily with no agitator or additional equipment needed.

To get more information about Essential-G and view application rates, click here

Essential-G can be used for all residential and commercial turf establishments, new seed, sod, and planting applications. Some of the benefits of Essential-G include:

  • Strengthens root growth 
  • Aerates soil and reduces compaction 
  • Optimizes pH
  • Increases water holding capacity
  • Increases nutrient uptake (CEC)
  • Long-lasting biochar increases residual value
  • Promotes natural chelation of Iron
  • Adds essential organic matter for microbes
  • Provides fast green-up and recovery

Mirimichi Green is constantly researching and testing new ingredients to bring customers the best and most effective products on the market. In early 2020, Mirimichi Green partnered with Sigma Agriscience and started developing Essential-G by combining new technologies and proven soil amending inputs. Both companies are excited to bring this product to the market and see end-users soil health improve.

Learn more about Mirimichi Green and Sigma AgriScience, LLC’s partnership here.

Start incorporating Essential-G into your turf maintenance and installations to achieve optimal soil health.

Mirimichi Green Sales Team Expands To The West Coast

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Mirimichi Green Sales Team Expands To The West Coast

Meet Lonny Drake

Castle Hayne, NC, October 1, 2019 – Mirimichi Green, an award-winning, premier developer of next-generation biotechnology for soil amendments, bio-stimulants, liquid fertilizers, and pesticides that are leading the charge in both sustainability and effectiveness, today announces that a new sales representative has been added to the Mirimichi Green sales team. Lonny Drake is the newest Regional Sales Manager and will cover the west coast territory. 

Web Cowden, COO, said, “To have Lonny Drake onboard our team is a big step for Mirimichi Green’s growth. His experience and understanding of the turf care industry are invaluable – making him the ideal addition to Mirimichi Green’s sales team. We are looking forward to taking on the west coast and providing support and representation in the field for our customers and distributors.”

Lonny Drake assumed the position as Regional Sales Manager of the west coast for Mirimichi Green in September 2019. Lonny has 20+ years of experience in customer service and sales in the turf care industry through previous career positions at a variety of distribution companies and wanted to further his efforts to educate and assist customers about soil health technologies and sustainable products like Mirimichi Green.

Lonny has recently relocated to his home state of Arizona with his wife, kids, and dogs. Lonny enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family in his free time.

Mirimichi Green is thrilled to better service the west coast states with the help of Lonny Drake.

Get Rid Of Bugs With Mirimichi Green Pest Control

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Are pesky bugs disrupting your outdoor areas? Mirimichi Greens Pest Control is the solution with proven efficacy and safety. This all-natural formula controls:

  • Mosquitoes
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Ants
  • Roaches
  • No-see-ums
  • Chiggers
  • Spiders
  • Mites
  • Whiteflies
  • Aphids
  • Plus many more insects

Mirimichi Green Pest Control is not a neurotoxin and is made with all natural and/or organic ingredients. Mirimichi Green Pest Control is known to be safe to spray around people, pets, and plants, with an immediate re-entry time after the spray has settled, making it ideal for any outdoor area.

Mirimichi Green Pest Control

This formulation is a total control pesticide because it’s a pheromone interrupter, deterrent, repellent and also a larvicide which is what makes it so effective. By killing the larvae, egg cycles are disrupted so future outbreaks of pests are eradicated in the treated areas over time.

Pest control product by Mirimichi Green

How to apply Mirimichi Green Pest Control:

  • Use a backpack sprayer, backpack blower, hose dilution attachment, or sprinkler injection pump
  • 1st application and infestation application – dilute 16 oz. of product per 1-gallon of water
  • Reapplication rate – dilute 4-8 oz. of product per 1 gallon of water
  • Reapply every 14-28 days
  • Be sure to spray the entire property

Some of the important key points about Mirimichi Green Pest Control are:

  • Safe to spray around people, pets, and kids
  • It works in ALL weather conditions. Rain doesn’t affect the efficacy.
  • There is an immediate re-entry time after the spray has settled
  • Insects can not become immune to this product
  • There are no harsh odors

This pest control product is ideal for any outdoor setting such as lawns, parks & recreation areas, campground sites, playgrounds, sports fields, golf courses, universities, farms, gardens and more!

Spring Tips For Sod And Topdressing Applications

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Curious about Mirimichi Green products but don’t know where to start? Mirimichi Green can help! Below are two basic Spring applications to try using Mirimichi Green’s CarbonizPN Soil Enhancer, a soil amendment blend of premium organics and USDA Certified Biobased Carbon (biochar).

For sod applications:

sod application with soil enhancer

  • Evenly spread (1) 40-pound bag of CarbonizPN Soil Enhancer under 1-2 pallets of sod.
  • Spray 3 ounces of any of our liquid bio-stimulants from the Release product line at the rate of 3 ounces per gallon of water.
  • Be sure to apply the Release product after the CarbonizPN application.

For topdressing applications:

topdressing with soil enhancer

  • Spread 20-40 pounds of CarbonizPN Soil Enhancer depending on the health of the turf.
  • Spray 3 ounces of any of our liquid bio-stimulants from the Release product line at the rate of 3 ounces per gallon of water.
  • Be sure to apply the Release product after the CarbonizPN application.

Golf Course Industry – Injecting Different Theories

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The maintenance rituals of aerification and topdressing are fixtures in the world of golf. Depending on their locales and annual budgets, superintendents spend a few days each year punching holes in their greens with metal tines, or pulling cores with solid tines to improve airflow, break up organic material and maintain turf health.

The process requires time and man-hours. It can result in lost revenue, particularly at daily-fee facilities, because the golf course must close while the work is in progress. Golfers then may stay away for a stretch even after the course reopens.

Superintendents are exploring alternatives to traditional aerification. For example, DryJect, headquartered in Hatboro, PA, just outside Philadelphia, has a machine that accelerates the aerification/topdressing process by substituting powerful streams of water for tines.



While no soil material is extracted in the process, a crude comparison to the technology is to think of the stream of high-pressure water as a solid tine, says Jeff Broadbelt, DryJect’s vice president of operations.

“Each pulse of water is a make-believe solid tine,” he says. “But the pulse of water, when it’s shot down, produces an explosive-type reaction going down. There is a lot of lateral shattering going on. It’s like a mini-earthquake.”

Depending on soil conditions and the superintendent’s preference, the holes are punched to a depth of between 2½ to 6 inches. For instance, some turf managers may desire deeper holes to break up a layer of organic material that might be present where holes were punched in the past using solid tines. The most common depth is in the 4- to 5-inch range. The holes are spaced at adjustable intervals.

What has piqued superintendents’ interests is the fact that immediately after the holes are created, they are filled with sand, reducing or perhaps eliminating the need for heavy topdressing in between core aeration cycles.

“We’re taking out the topdressing component by just getting it done for you right off the bat,” Broadbelt says. “A lot of superintendents will maybe topdress lightly afterward, but it’s not necessary. There is a little bit of sand residue left. Not every grain of sand gets into that hole. It’s equivalent to a very light topdressing.”

Because the holes filled are virtually instantaneously, a superintendent could theoretically begin work on their front nine in the early morning hours and have those holes open for play by afternoon, a big difference from having to shut the greens down for a stretch of time following a core aeration.

It’s common for superintendents to add material or amendments, to the sand to retain moisture in the soil and the root system of the plant. The amendment consists of sand-sized particles of material, creating a mixture that might be as much as 90 to 95 percent sand, the remainder being the amendments.



For example, Profile Products of Buffalo Grove, Ill., manufactures PPC Green Grade, a porous ceramic material that strengthens root systems, enhances moisture retention and increases disease resistance. The particles are 74 percent pore space, 39 percent capillary (water) pores and 35 percent non-capillary (air) pores. “If you look at (the particles) under a microscope, they have all kinds of micropores in them,” Broadbelt says.

They hold water, but once they’re filled, water drains through them like a sieve. So, you’re not necessarily giving away downward drainage by using the product. “It does hold water, but not so tightly that the roots can’t extract from it,” Broadbelt adds.

Mirimichi Green manufactures CarbonizPN, a soil enhancer it markets as an amendment, which, among other things, reduces soil compaction and water needs while also optimizing soil pH. It’s a 50/50 blend of crystallized carbon (Biochar) and a premium organic compost that the company manufactures. Because the carbon portion has a half-life of around 500 years, Mirimichi Green’s chief operating officer Web Cowden describes the product as a “permanent soil amendment.”

“It has a very porous structure,” he says. “The process by which we make this is called pyrolysis (utilizing extreme heat to simulate the chemical decomposition of organic material). What you’re left with is a very porous crystalized structure that has a very high carbon content and a very low ash content. It has the ability to hold air, water and nutrients within its pore structure, and makes them available to the plant when they are needed.”

In addition to CarbonizPN, Mirimichi Green manufactures Nutri-Release, a broad-spectrum liquid organic fertilizer that can be added to the sand/amendment mix as a biostimulant at a rate of three ounces per 1,000 square feet. The two products, when used in tandem, have a significant impact on the soil profile, Cowden says.

“You’re putting organics, you’re putting long-chain carbon, you’re putting biology into the soil profile,” he says. “And then with the liquid biostimulant, you’re actually feeding the biology that you’re putting into the soil. So, it’s kind of a one-two punch.”

Hole history

The idea of punching holes with water is not a new one. The technology was developed in Sweden and later became the property of Land Pride, a division of Great Plains Manufacturing.

In 2000, Peter van Drumpt and Chris des Garennes purchased the technology, along with the patent that went with it and other necessities, and then making alterations so it would be both reliable and commercially viable. Thus, DryJect was born.

It’s possible to treat 18 holes in a single day, depending on the number of DryJect machines being used on the job. Typically, two or three machines can complete the task, but perhaps four are needed depending on the size of the greens being treated.

The structure of the crystallized carbon, which Cowden describes as resembling a honeycomb, holds air in some of its pore spaces, thereby allowing improved air circulation in areas where the organic material may have accumulated over time.

“That becomes kind of a home for all the biological activity,” Cowden says. “All the microbes have a place to go into these pores. They’re protected, they can reproduce and help keep the soil biology alive. Having an aerobic root zone is just as important as having moisture down there. When that becomes anaerobic and your biology can’t survive, thrive or reproduce, then you get a dead thatch layer and everything below it just dies away.”

The process is catching on with superintendents throughout the country. Chris Tritabaugh, completing his sixth season as the superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., which hosted last year’s Ryder Cup, first used DryJect in October of 2015 and in May and October of 2016. He used it again this past May. Another treatment was scheduled for Nov. 1.


“Our greens have gotten a lot better since we started doing it from a firmness standpoint,” Tritabaugh says. “They weren’t bad, but in my opinion, they perform now just as well as they did when they were new.”

Tritabaugh and his team do not use an amendment during the process. Instead, the holes are filled with 100 percent sand. “We’re able to get the exact same sand that was in the root zone when the greens were built in 2010,” he says. “From a spec standpoint, it’s the same thing that’s already in there.”

Some have raised the question of whether DryJect will supplant traditional aeration as a standard industry practice. Tritabaugh doesn’t necessarily share that sentiment.

“I think it’s a tool to be used depending on what the superintendent’s desire is,” he says. “I think it would be a mistake to say that (core aeration) is unnecessary or that solid tining is unnecessary or that DryJect could replace either of those things.”

Based on his experience, Tritabaugh doesn’t believe the DryJect method will render core aeration or solid tining obsolete. Instead, he considers it just another tool in a superintendent’s turf toolbox.

“I think it can in the right situation, but I think it would be unfair to limit (a superintendent’s) tools,” Tritabaugh says. “It doesn’t mean one is particularly better than the others, but I think in the right situation certain ones are better.”

Tritabaugh hasn’t relied on pull-core/solid-tine practices at Hazeltine in recent years, but he hasn’t abandoned them either. “We’ve done some different methods on a couple of our greens,” he says. “Is it a tool we want to use in the future? It could be, but it’s not a part of our standard cultural practices.”

Rick Woelfel is a Philadelphia-based writer and frequent GCI contributor.

How To Keep A Christmas Tree Fresh And Green

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You have a Christmas tree! Now it’s time to prevent your tree from losing all of its needles and keep your Christmas tree as fresh and green as the day it was cut. If you are wondering how to keep a Christmas tree fresh and green, follow the easy steps below.

how to keep your christmas tree green and fresh all season long

Steps for how to keep a Christmas tree fresh and green:

Step 1: Give the trunk of your tree a fresh cut across the bottom. About a half-inch should do the trick.

Step 2: Place the tree in water. A Christmas tree is like any other plant, it needs water to survive.

How to keep your christmas tree green

Step 3: Find the ideal spot for your tree. Of course, you want your tree to be in a visually appealing spot, but try to identify a location that is away from a heat source (active fireplaces, heat vents, space heaters, etc.). Heat sources will quickly dry out your tree!

Step 4: Add 1 teaspoon of Nutri-Tree & Shrub liquid fertilizer to the water supply. Repeat application for every third watering.

 

By adding Mirimichi Green’s Nutri-Tree & Shrub you are giving the tree nutrients that will keep your Christmas tree fresh and green all season. You will see less fallen needles around your tree, which means less clean up. It will help keep your tree deep green and lush until the New Year.

Don’t wait for Santa to bring you this gift! Place an order at a distributor location.

Urban Sustainability Is Growing

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Green roofs and walls are gaining popularity in urban developments. This unique landscaping trend is more than just an architectural design, it provides the base for plants to positively impact polluted urban and suburban environments.

Green roofs are sustainable

Green roofs and green walls

Green roofs are any roof that is partially or completely covered with vegetation, typically planted on top of a waterproof membrane. Green roofs can be a whole system that includes root barriers, drainage, greywater treatment, and irrigation.

Green walls refer to any form of a vegetated wall surface. This broad concept encompasses three major categories: living walls, retaining living walls, and green facades.

Living walls consist of pre-vegetated panels, modules, bags, or planted blankets that are adjoined to a structural wall or frame.

Retaining living walls are home to vegetation and act as a support for slopes.

Green facades are systems of climbing plants, vines, or ground covers that form a supporting structure.

Green wall in urban areas

Here are some benefits of green roofs and green walls:

  • Improves the longevity of roofs
  • Help the tenants below regulate temperature. It is estimated that an average three-story building can save up to 25 percent in the summertime energy costs.
  • Decreases stormwater runoff by 40-60 percent which decreases the amount that flows into sewers
  • Provide opportunities for food production and urban agriculture
  • Provide habitat for wildlife. This could be a way to decrease the devastating impact of urbanization on nature.
  • Improves air quality and circulation
  • Protects the building structure from harsh weather conditions
  • Provides a sound barrier and poses as additional insulation

Living walls offer sustainability

A greener future

Green roofs and walls are a big step for the sustainability movement in urban design and innovation. These landscaped buildings provide many benefits to the community including thermal insulation, lower utility bills, naturally filtered air and water, and an ecosystem for wildlife.

Tell us about your sustainable methods using the hashtag #MirimichiGreen on Instagram or Twitter.

Simple Steps to Control Erosion On Project Sites

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Erosion can be a big problem, especially on construction sites. These simple steps will have a positive effect when controlling erosion and sediment problems on your next job.

Simple steps to control erosion

Minimize disturbed areas

Control the territory of your project by working only in the necessary areas involved. Controlling the areas that are being worked on will reduce the erosion and sediment movement on the site. Keep as much natural vegetation as possible and do not disturb areas that have topsoil in place. Removing natural vegetation will disrupt the soil structure.

Create sediment traps or ditch

Direct runoff water to a prepared sediment trap. It can be controlled by redirecting water with diversion ditches located at the up-slope side of a construction site.

Erosion control tips

Stabilize Soils

Many permits require stabilization measures. Some temporary measures can include hydro-seeding, mulch, blankets, etc. If the stabilization measure is permanent it can vary from permanent seeding, planting, channel stabilization and green buffer. Make sure you use quality products to ensure the work will last.

Pro Tip: Incorporate CarbonizPN Soil Enhancer and Nutri-Release into your hydroseeding tank for quick and lasting results.

Slope protection

There are multiple options for erosion and sediment control on slopes that depend on the degree of inclination of the slope. Measures such as silt fence, fiber rolls, geo-textiles, turf blanket, and mats can be used as slope protection.

Slope erosion control with EcoExpress

Storm inlet protection

Providing protection against erosion and sediment control on a storm drain inlet can be achieved by using silt fence, rock-filled bags, or block and gravel. The type of measure used will depend on the type of drain inlets opening and the flow that it is expected to receive.

Construction entrance

Stabilized construction entrances will reduce sediment being carried away by construction vehicles. It is recommended to have two construction entrances, formed regularly by large crushed stone areas.

Erosion control construction entrance project

Inspect for signs of erosion

Inspection is the key when working with sediment and erosion problems. Inspect your project after a storm event or just after a small rainfall. By conducting small routine inspections you will be able to prevent erosion on the project site.

Tell us about your successful erosion control methods using the hashtag #MirimichiGreen on Instagram or Twitter.

High Nitrogen Poses Risk To Environment

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High nitrogen poses an alarming risk to the environment and researchers are taking note. The human production of fixed nitrogen being used primarily to fertilize crops is said to be responsible for approximately half of the total fixed nitrogen going into the environment, according to a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University.

High Nitrogen Poses Risk To Environment

Human production of fixed nitrogen is five times higher than it was 60 years ago. The researchers say the substantial increase could pose as much of a threat to the environment as the increase of carbon-dioxide causing climate-warming. One form of nitrogen gas, nitrous oxide, is a potent greenhouse gas that can contribute to rapid global warming. High levels of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere will degrade the atmospheric ozone layer and can develop a hazardous ground-level ozone.

William H. Schlesinger, Professor of Biogeochemistry at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment says, “Earth has never seen this amount of fixed nitrogen.”

fertilizer harms the environment

To conduct their study, the researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University gathered historical data on fertilizer use in agriculture and recent estimates of nitrogen-fixation rates. They analyzed trends in human production of fixed nitrogen since the beginning of the 20th century. Then they placed these trends in context with recent estimates of natural nitrogen fixation and denitrification rates on land and in water.

The researchers conducting this study were stunned by their findings. “While carbon has captured the attention of the world through climate change, we cannot ignore this issue,” adds Viney Aneja, Professor of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science at NC State. “Too much nitrogen can affect human health, reduce biodiversity and amplify global warming.”

human fixed nitrogen

Too much nitrogen (N2) in the soil benefits a limited number of species that can out-compete native species, reducing biodiversity, Aneja notes. The high levels of N2 pose a threat to human and animal health too. The high levels of N2 being used are now being found in groundwater. Excessive amounts of nitrogen in groundwater are associated with intestinal cancers and miscarriages and can be fatal to infants, as well as aquatic life.  

high nitrogen hurts the environment

N2 compounds as a fertilizer have been used by the people for many years, but time has changed the type of fixed nitrogen being used. Historically, only naturally fixed sources, like compost manure and guano, were applied to fertilize crops. In the early 1900s, German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch discovered a process that converts atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia, allowing humans to produce nitrogen-based fertilizers on an industrial scale for the first time. In 1960’s, more than 60 percent of farms in the U.S. had converted to using chemical fertilizer and the average nitrogen rate was 17 pounds per acre. By 2007, U.S. farms were using 82.5 pounds of nitrogen per acre on average.

 

Companies like Mirimichi Green encourage the use of lower nitrogen rates and offer low NPK fertilizers and bio-stimulants. Mirimichi Green products are low in NPK, but high in nutrient availability and contain liquid carbon. NPK is often a temporary fix to soil biology problems. Unlike N2, carbon is the key solution to many soil issues that can arise. Carbon keeps the soil aerobic, holds nutrients in the root zone, gives a home for all the protozoa, hype, fungi and other necessary elements for healthy plants and soil.

 

CITATION: “Is Nitrogen the Next Carbon?” by William Battye, Viney P. Aneja, and William H. Schlesinger, Aug. 29, 2017, Earth’s Future. DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000592

Successful Turf Management and Disease Control Methods

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There’s more to turf management than just painting the field and filling in the divots. Being able to recognize turfgrass disease is extremely important for successful turf management and disease control. Forecast, diagnose and treat disease, environmental and insect problems in a strategic and cost-effective manner with these suggestions.

Disease Control Methods

There are many ways to go about diagnosing turf diseases on sports fields. Here are some tips for successful turf management and disease control.

Write it down. With all of the inputs, applications, and staff, it’s best to keep a running list of the maintenance and any issues. Keep a record book filled with detailed notes on products used, application rates, locations of troubled areas, application equipment, etc. It is a helpful tool in overall disease management.

Turf disease

Consider the symptoms. When considering turf diseases, they come in many shapes and sizes. Knowing the symptoms goes a long way towards narrowing down the number of possibilities. Make observations about which part of the plant seem to be affected the most such as, odd-looking spots on the leaves, mushy roots and interesting patterns on the field will be essential information when matching it to disease field guides.

successful turf management

Look it up. Expert or not, a quick comparison will never hurt. When an incorrect diagnosis is made, products chosen to fix what was thought to be the problem will not work or could cause more problems. The following books are good resources, as well as the many identification tools offered by land-grant universities:

  1. “Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases,” by Smiley, Dernoeden and Clark
  2. “Managing Turfgrass Pests,” by Watschke, Shetlar and Dernoeden
  3. “Integrated Turfgrass Management for the Northern Great Plains,” by Baxendale and Gaussoin
  4. “Controlling Turfgrass Pests,” by Shurtleff, Fermanian and Randell

dollar spot turf disease

Timing is everything. Timing is a key control factor because, in the life cycle of each disease, there is an optimal point for treatment. Be sure to apply a fungicide product at the most vulnerable stage of the cycle to get the greatest degree of efficacy. It is equally important to make sure you are targeting the correct zone. Timing is vital because most diseases are favored by certain environmental or weather-related conditions. As such, the season of the year becomes crucial in the consideration of potential pathogens. Knowing which diseases are likely to occur at what point in the growing season is a powerful tool in disease management.

turf management for disease control

Get a fresh perspective. Take a step back to gain a fresh perspective of your field. It’s quite possible that other factors have led to the turf issues. Some of these other factors, such as compaction, scalping, heat, localized dry spots and nutrient deficiencies, can cause symptoms that mimic those of diseases.

Tell us about your successful turf management and disease control methods using the hashtag #MirimichiGreen on Instagram or Twitter.

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