It is estimated that 80-90% of landscape plant problems, including pest and disease outbreaks, originate in the soil. In a forest, trees naturally evolve in fertile soils with available nutrients in stable proportions and diverse populations of microorganisms. Urban trees are not afforded that same luxury. Many of our urban and suburban soils are biologically inert due to soil compaction, topsoil removal, synthetic lawn fertilization, and lawn pest or herbicide treatments. Rebuilding these soils to ensure proper root growth is key in promoting overall plant health. Our organic fertilization and Actively Aerated Compost Tea services improve the physical, biological, and chemical components of soil health, and rebuild the soil food web to benefit your trees and landscape plants. We use slow release, organic-based products in all our treatments, producing long lasting results and lowered long term costs of tree care.
Actively Aerated Compost tea (AACT) is a living soil amendment made by extracting the beneficial soil microorganisms found in high quality compost and vermicompost into a liquid form that is easily applied to your soil, trees and landscape plants. Our compost teas are brewed exclusively at the DLTS headquarters in downtown Lexington and are the basis of our organic lawn and landscape care programs. We enhance our compost teas with microorganism foods, soil conditioners, and root developers, as well as mycorrhizal root inocculants for applications targeted to trees and shrubs.
The beneficial microorganisms in AACT will devour lawn thatch and work in the soil to decrease compaction and improve the quality of all types of problematic urban and suburban soils. Applications bring long-term benefits to the soil biology, nutrient cycle, and ability of trees to ward of pest and disease problems. Root, soil surface, and foliar applications of compost tea rebuild soil microbiology, catalyze soil nutrient cycling, and provide your trees with added defenses against pests and disease. Our compost and vermicompost are sourced from exclusively local sources. Soil biological tests have been completed to verify the microbial content of compost sources, and teas are regularly examined under microscope to ensure a consistent product.