For The Engineer

Soil Secrets for Erosion Control & Mine Reclamation

In recent years, there’s been a growing acceptance by anyone involved in the business of soil restoration to use Probiotic/Benefical Soil Microbes and products claiming to have as an active ingredient a substance called Humic Acid, all as tools for fixing the many problems of soil. Soil treatments with efficacy testing demonstrating that the products contained the “right stuff”, the active ingredients that merit the claim of benefit, were not always available. For example, the term Humic Acid refers to a substance that has never been described on a molecular level and currently there is no standardized method available to all the commercial labs and all the university labs for finding, isolating and describing this molecular substance. Even at Soil Secrets we made this mistake when trying to apply for a patent on a product we felt contained Humic Acid in a bio-identical form to what can be found in Nature’s best example of a healthy soil. We employed ,under a Commercial Proprietary Information Contract, the National Labs in New Mexico to perform complicated Tests and Measurements of our product and of soil to find, isolate and define the molecules of Humic Acid, but what we discovered was something different. What we discovered was that in soil and in our product we have an amazing carbon rich substance that benefits soil but using the term Humic Acid may not be the appropriate way of naming this substance. Until further notice we at Soil Secrets prefer to use the term Carbon Matrix in favor of Humic Acid. The objective of document is to address the engineering and construction of sites including farm soil reclamation, mine reclamation, erosion control, and the design build of urban sites. The bottleneck or limiting factors in fixing a soil work so it will support healthy vegetation may be more complicated than just cramming organic matter (compost) into the soil and adding seed. Soil Secrets is a Biomimitic Soil Ecology Company that uses Nature as our Mentor and Inspiration. Using biomimicry we understand and appreciate that if a soil is lacking a particular microbe, such as the fungi mycorrhizae, we must add it to the equation. Another example of this process is a common situation in alkaline western soils where we see interveinal yellowing of leaves called chlorosis. Why does this happen? Alkaline western soils lock up iron, and many other nutrients, making those nutrients unavailable to the vegetation, however by adding the appropriate molecular biology and specific microbes we can fix that problem and make nutrient uptake sustainable. Plant roots fix soil because its plant roots that feed the biota of the soil, therefore it can be said that plant roots need healthy plants above ground to conduct photosynthesis because that’s where the energy comes from to make everything click. At Soil Secrets using biomimicry we make everything click.

So What Do We Do?

Soil Secrets has available for the engineering and construction industries dealing with mine reclamation, erosion control and vegetation management, Mycorrhizal products, that meet the highest standard of efficacy, verified by a 3rd party laboratory with the highest spore count available in the industry. EndoMaxima® is our Arbuscular Mycorrhizal product and MycoMaxima® is a blend of Ecto with the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi allowing us to provide the fungi that will benefit the majority of plants used such as herbaceous plants, conifers and hardwoods.

Healthy Soil globally effects the health of our oceans, air, nutrient density of our food and the health of everything and everyone concerned. At Soil Secrets we use the best science known that contributes to the better health of soil in order to ‘Instigate – Stimulate – & Cultivate’ the natural processes of Nature’s best soil.