Mycorrhizae are little fungi that are natural and organic. They have been instrumental in the growth and survival of plants, including grass, for millions of years. Yes, you read that right. Millions of years. In this article, we’ll go over what mycorrhizae do for your lawn and how Emerald Lawns helps improve the level of mycorrhizae in your soil naturally.
Mycorrhizal fungi form a symbiotic relationship with certain plant roots. They help plants absorb phosphorous, potassium, calcium, copper and iron more efficiently. Mycorrhizae help grow dense and fibrous root systems which leads to this more efficient nutrient uptake. That means that if you use mycorrhizae in your soil you’ll produce greener, stronger plants that are better for the environment.
Mirimichi Green is specifically formulated to help existing lawns and native grasses thrive. Mirimichi Green not only offers denser plant growth, but it also helps prevent plants from struggling in drought situations by which is very important in Central Texas.
When applied with fertilizer, the mycorrhizae attach themselves to the roots of the grass and extend out into the soil. They grow filaments called hyphae. The hyphae extend out in a network from the grass roots into the soil. This extends the reach of water and nutrients to the turf grass. They also hold soils together improving the porosity and structure of the soil. This helps turf grass roots grow more vigorously and become established quicker than grass without this boost.
Mycorrhizae can also reduce the amount of water needed to maintain turf grass. Lawns inoculated with the organic substance withstand drought conditions better and for far longer than those without mycorrhizae. Turf treated with these fungi also recovers more quickly when water does become available. It’s probably because turf that has more mycorrhizae has more chlorophyll and photosynthesizes more than non-treated lawns do.
These fungi will also improve the time it takes to establish a lawn. Lawns grow faster with mycorrhizae than without and become more solid and stronger than those without this substance. Finally, this substance will help your turf grass resist disease and destructive nematodes.
Overall, mycorrhizae are great for your grass. Emerald Lawns can apply it to your lawn during a fertilization treatment. We are happy to provide this service for you. Give us a call at 512-990-2199 today for more information or to set up your free lawn evaluation.