Frequently Asked Questions
3. When is the best time to start using organics?
The Watson Ranch Organic Program can be started anytime of the year. (see Hay Pastures and Grazing Pasture Recommendations). The best time to start is now!!! Just like taking vitamins and living healthy, the sooner you start the better. Unless the ground is frozen or you are in the middle of a severe drought start getting your soil healthy now!!!!
4. If I can only afford one application per year when should I apply?
Fall. The Micro-Organisms have time to detoxify the soil, decompose organic matter and store nutrients for the root system. The root systems of grass still grow in the winter and in the spring the grass can really take off. Plus, the healthier the soil is in the spring the less weeds you will have.
5. What are the products you use?
The first application is usually Micro-Grow and/or A.C.T. We apply nitrogen fixing micro-organisms to improve the soil. The second application is Booster Max and Humate Tea or Gulf of Maine and Humate Tea to treat the plant foliar wise. The last application for the season is more Micro-Grow or A.C.T. to treat the soil and root systems through the winter. The following years we use less micro-organisms and more boosters/food sources.
6. How does the Watson Ranch Organic Program work?
The Micro-Organisms detoxify the soil from harmful chemical buld-ups. Then they start producing nitrogen from the atmosphere and providing the nitrogen nutrients to the root systems.
The foliar applications use several different growth hormones to boost growth, plus many of our foliar applied products also double as a food source and/or activator for the Micro-Organisms.
7. I've used natural fertilizers but they don't seem to work.....why?
We have found through 10 years of testing that there is no one miracle product that cures all. Some products work fantastic after one application, then results become less and less with future applications. Some products take at least a year and numerous applications to see results.
With our program you should start seeing results the first year with better results the following years. I always tell people that this is a PROGRAM and not a one time cure all. Depending on the amount of toxins in the soil, effects how fast the products work. The Micro-Organisms need to clean the environment before they can live in it!!
8. How do I kill weeds?
If you study weeds, rather than trying to kill them, you will learn that Mother Nature is using them to try and replace nutrients that are missing from the soil. You will also find that the healthier the soil the less weeds you will have.
9. How do I get rid of Fire Ants?
Recent University studies have found that Micro-Organisms are the only natural enemy of the fire ant. They found that the higher number of Micro-Organisms in the soil the less fire ants. The Micro-Organisms eat the outside shell of the larvae, get into the soft tissue of the exoskeleton and shorten the life of the works and queens. This results in fewer, smaller and less aggressive mounds.
10. How does the cost compare to Chemicals?
Our applied rates have been averaging less than half of the cost of chemical fertilizers. If you apply yourself you will save approximately 75%. Also you can figure in the fact that you will not be using herbicides and pesticides.
11. How do I apply the products?
All of our products are liquid and can be applied with a basic spray rig. We recommend using a cluster nozzle (TeeJet O.C. 10) or a fan type nozzle rather than a boom sprayer. We also recommend using a Hypro 8 roller pump. You will need to use a 20 mesh screen in the filter of your spray rig.
12. Do I need to Lime anymore?
If your pH is lower than 4.7pH than I would suggest that you still lime. Otherwise there is no need to lime because you will no longer be adding the chemicals and salts that adversely effect your pH. We have customers that have not limed for 15 years that have a perfect pH.
13. Do I need to use pesticides, herbicides or fungicides?
Generally you do not. We use Garlic Spray to control the leaf eating insects. As far as weeds, the healthier the soil the less weeds you'll have. Many of our products help reduce molds and fungus problems.
14. Can I spray around my livestock/pets?
All of our products are safe to spray while your livestock is grazing. We use nothing that is toxic to humans or animals! Our products have been used in pastures with world champion bulls, race horses, cutting horses and pets with their babies with NO adverse effects.
15. What are your recommendations for Hay and Grazing Pastures?
16. Does the Garlic Spray kill the Grasshoppers?
No, it does not kill them. Grasshoppers and other leaf eating insects do not like the taste of the garlic. Whereas the cows and horses love it. When applied with our foliar products the garlic becomes systemic and stays in the plant. It does not wash off like pesticides and lasts much longer. Please view our Garlic Spray page.
1. What is Organic?
Organic refers to the way agricultural products - food and fiber - are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food.
- taken from Organic Trade Association 2003
2. Do Organic Farmers ever use pesticides?
Prevention is the organic farmer's primary strategy for disease, weed, and insect control. By building healthy soils, organic farmers find that healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. Organic producers often select species that are well adapted for the climate and therefore resist disease and pests. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, permission may be granted by the certifier to apply botanical or other nonpersistent pest controls under restricted conditions. Botanicals are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.
- taken from Organic Trade Association 2003
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