How Does Biochar Work

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How Does Biochar Work

If you’ll take the time to WATCH the video below, it will completely explain how biochar works.  Doc explains biochar in simple terms and explains why all biochars are the same and how some biochar is not effective on lawns.  Biochar is very misunderstood by many. TAKE THE TIME to watch the video.

How Biochar Works Video

Biochar works by HOLDING water, nutrients, and good microbes in the soil that would otherwise be washed away or die from harsh conditions. Biochar last for your lifetime and more. it can last thousands of years.

What is Biochar

Biochar is the CARBON skeleton of wood, or other organic matter, that has been produced by super heating vs. burning.  Every small piece has millions of molecular bonding sites that hold water, nutrients, microbes, fungi, and bacteria. 

The goal of using biochar

Create a healthy soil environment with the LIMITED use of fertilizers.  Create a soil that feeds itself and the plants growing in it.

Why most Biochar is not made for lawns.

The picture below is worth a 1000 words. Use HUMICHAR on your lawn.

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HUMICHAR ™ is the ONLY biochar that can be applied with a lawn spreader and within one hour, after wetting, be COMPLETELY down to the soil level of the lawn. (Passing through the grass and thatch layers.)  It is also the only spreader biochar that can be used on golf greens and fairways without any delay in play. 



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The Terra Preta Biochar Story

Understanding bio-char’s history will really help you understand how well it works. Watch the video below about how the ancients used biochar to turn some of the worst soil into the world’s best.

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Biochar Pictures

biochar carbon structure

Detailed Biochar Info

Biochar is charcoal used as a soil amendment for both carbon sequestration and soil health benefits. Biochar is a stable solid, rich in carbon, and can endure in soil for thousands of years. Like most charcoal, biochar is made from biomass via pyrolysis. Biochar is under investigation as a viable approach for carbon sequestration, as it has the potential to help mitigate global warming and climate change. It results from processes related to pyrogenic carbon capture and storage

Biochar is recognized as offering a number of soil health benefits. The extremely porous nature of biochar is found to be effective at retaining both water and water-soluble nutrients. Soil biologist Elaine Ingham indicates the extreme suitability of biochar as a habitat for many beneficial soil microorganisms. She points out that when pre-charged with these beneficial organisms biochar becomes an extremely effective soil amendment promoting good soil and, in turn, plant health.

Biochar Soil

Biochar may increase soil fertility of acidic soils (low pH soils), increase agricultural productivity, and provide protection against some foliar and soil-borne diseases. Regarding its definition in production, biochar is defined by the International Biochar Initiative as “The solid material obtained from the thermochemical conversion of biomass in an oxygen-limited environment”.

Biochar has also been shown to reduce leaching of E-coli through sandy soils depending on application rate, feedstock, pyrolysis temperature, soil moisture content, soil texture, and surface properties of the bacteria.

For plants that require high potash and elevated pH, biochar can be used as a soil amendment to improve yield.

Biochar can improve water quality, reduce soil emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce nutrient leaching, reduce soil acidity, and reduce irrigation and fertilizer requirements. Biochar was also found under certain circumstances to induce plant systemic responses to foliar fungal diseases and to improve plant responses to diseases caused by soilborne pathogens.


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