This is our LEARNING page for HUMIC  / Fulvic ACIDS and how they help your lawn.

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Humic Acids help the soil hold nutrients. They are not absorbed into the grass, but instead stay in the soil and make a FOOD PANTRY for the grass to eat from.  We use them to make great soil

Fulvic Acids are very small and can actually enter the plant. They help the plant deliver the nutrients from the soil to the plant. It’s like boosting the digestive system.

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What are Humic acids?

Humic acid is a natural soil conditioner that acts as an organic chelator (a binding agent) and microbial stimulator. It has a unique carbon matrix which includes a high concentration of trace minerals and organic acids. Humic acid enhances the plant’s ability to take in essential nutrients and improves soil structure. Proven Humic Acid Benefits:

    • Increases soil carbon
    • Improves plant health
    • Improves germination and viability of seeds
    • Chelates macro and micro nutrients to increase availability to the plant for a longer period of time
    • Increases cation exchange capacity (CEC)
    • Improves soil structure for better aeration and water movement
    • Stimulates beneficial microorganisms, which can improve long-term soil pH
    • Especially effective on sandy soils

Humate DG is biological, dispersible, spreadable and blendable.  It contains 4 biologically active components; humic acid precursor, fulvic acid, humic acid and humin.  These components range from very soluble to completely insoluble in soil media, working together to provide the soil with a broad range of biological benefits, from plant available fulvic acids to the insoluble, high nutrient holding capacity of humin.

Compared to liquid humates, Humic DG provides more organic carbon, resulting in a more efficient application, saving time and money.  A 40 lb/acre rate of Humic DG provides 20x more organic carbon (humic substances) than a typical liquid humate at 2 gal/acre.

Humic DG is a unique combination of two sources of Humic substances that provide fulvic acid, humic acid, humin and humic acid precursor. The Dispersible Granule (DG) Technology delivers the humic substance to the soil, where each granule disperses into thousands of sub-particles that self incorporate into your soil. The humic substances will provide a food source (C) to the soil microbes causing them to flourish. Essential macro and micro nutrients held in the soil will become more available and additional fertility will be utilized more efficiently.

Humic vs. Fulvic acids?

Fulvic acid is the low-molecular-weight (LMW) portion of humic substances.  By definition it will be golden in color where humic acid, the high-molecular-weight  portion, will be brown to black.  Because of its small molecular size, fulvic acid is able to penetrate the cell and mitochondria of the cell, where humic acid can not. The fulvic acids have higher oxygen but lower carbon contents than the humic acids. Fulvic acids also contain more functional groups of an acidic nature. Humic acid is not soluble in water under acidic conditions (pH < 2) but is soluble at higher pH values. Fulvic acid is soluble in water under all pH conditions.