SafeTea™, Mahoney's exclusive compost tea, is a living biological blend of beneficial microorganisms that decompose and cycle nutrients in the soil.
In nature, compost is created by the decay of plant matter such as leaves, branches and the like, that are all left to rot. Tiny organisms varying in size from microscopic to the size of an earthworm, all play their role in breaking down this plant matter and creating nutrient rich compost. Plants growing in these soils (think forest and meadows) are provided all the required nutrients to grow healthy and strong, without the need for fertilizer. The images of the Soil Food Web below provide a visual of how each organism is interconnected and plays a larger role in the web of life.
In the urban landscape, we remove all of this plant matter year after year, halting the natural composting process. Sometimes the soil is even stripped away and sold, being replaced with poor soil, and expecting plants to grow healthy and strong. Adding compost to your lawn and gardens can help improve soil, restoring the natural ecosystem and promoting nutrient cycling.
Unfortunately, compost is very bulky and can be cumbersome to apply; so many people forgo this option and rely solely on fertilizers in its place.
SafeTea™ is designed to be a liquid replacement for the biological benefits you get from bulk compost. Although it does not contain organic matter (the bulky part of compost), SafeTea™ has an abundance of beneficial bacteria, fungi and protozoas, as well as nematodes and mycorrhizae. For soils that are lacking Organic Matter, such as sandy soils, bulk compost is still recommended to build better soil structure.
SafeTea™ is a great compliment to an organic program, as it will help build healthy soils and improve the effectiveness of organic fertilizers.
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