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BREAK THROUGH Organic
Written by Wally Richards
“Break Through” is the first organic, granulated, slow release fertiliser available to the home gardener.
Most will be familiar with the advantages of slow release fertilisers over powder type fertilisers.
Powder type fertilisers are quick to release giving a boost to plants which only lasts for a short period and often much of the goodness is leached away, which means frequent applications are required for sustained growth. Where slow release fertilisers slowly break down over an extended period of time giving a continuous source of nutrients, with little waste through leaching.
Powder type fertilisers are chemical fertilisers and thus they have another disadvantage, in so much they are harmful to soil life and worms. Continual use has been proven to kill the soil making it very difficult to grow healthy plants. One can see the damage done to soil by market gardeners after a few years of cropping and the use of chemicals.
To date, the best natural nutrients have been supplied to our plants through composts and Garden Galore (sheep manure pellets), In fact it has been recognised that Garden Galore beats, hands-down, all the chemical fertilisers available to the home gardener. Garden Galore has an N:P:K of 4.0:1.4:3.0.
Break Through is derived from heat dried biosolids, manufactured from surplus micro-organisms.
It has been heat treated to over 500 degrees C. so it is completely free of pathogens and weed seed.
Break Through has an N:P:K 6.1 : 3.4 : 0.4, Plus 1.2 Calcium: 0.3 Magnesium : 0.8 Sulphur 0.8 Iron and Trace Elements.
The main commercial user of the product to date has been Green Keepers who love the product as it gives sturdy even growth to their grasses as well as excellent colour because of the iron content.
Being organic, Break Through will not harm soil life and can be used in all areas of the garden to advantage including container and pot plants. The product releases over a period of up to 12 months giving a sustained feeding program.
It would be also ideal to use in conjunction with Garden Galore in the garden as it will increase the amount of nitrogen available and thus faster growth. Break Through is low on potash thus without Garden Galore (for the extra potash) you would need to apply additional potash for flowering and fruiting plants. This can be done organically with fresh wood ash.
Break Through is New Zealand’s equivalent to America’s Leading organic fertiliser, “Milorganite.”
Use liberally around plants in gardens and containers. Broadcast over lawns and water to settle down the granules. Very cost effective when compared to the more expensive, chemical, slow release fertilisers.
How and when should you use Break Through?
Fertilise three times per year in spring, summer and autumn at 5kg per 100m2 (no need to water in).
Seed bed or ready lawn: Mix Break Through into the top 50mm of soil at 13kg per 100m2 before seeding or laying the turf. After the third mowing apply 7kg per 100m2. (Top photo pre-Break Through, bottom post Break Through.)
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Late winter/early spring apply 100g per rose, then repeat four to six weeks later.
In spring apply 1.3kg per 10m2, then in summer apply 800g per 10m2.
In spring and summer apply 2kg per 10m2.
Trees and shrubs
Apply 150g – 200g within the feeder root zone (depending on the size and nutrient requirements of the plant) and work into the top 20 – 30mm of the surface zone.
For ground work or bed preparation incorporate Break Through to a depth of 10cm at 250g – 300g per m2. Potassium, calcium and magnesium should be added where soil levels of these nutrients are low.
Prior to planting work 200g of Break Through per m2 into the top 50- 100mm of soil. Then side dress with a supplementary NPK fertiliser two to three weeks later.
Have a good fertiliser programme. This will depend on the condition of your lawn, the type of grass and your location. For advice on the best type of fertiliser for you lawn, contact your local garden centre or a turf professional.
Keep your lawn well-groomed by mowing at a nice height (the best height is debatable; although longer, healthier grass can make it more difficult for sun-loving weeds to grow).
Some say to not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf surface at any one time, although cutting
the lawn shorter in spring will help remove dead grass, increase the penetration of sunlight to newly forming grass blades and help warm the soil sooner.
Mower blades should be kept sharp to prevent bruised and torn leaf blades, which can
develop unsightly brown spots. Mow when the lawns are dry to help reduce the spread of some diseases and limit soil compaction, and also result in a cleaner cut.
Feed your lawn about two or three times a year between early September and the end of April. Parks staff use Bioboost( Break Through) (made by our own wastewater treatment plant) on some turf areas, which is for sale through local garden stores.
Weeds will appear in your lawn, coming from seeds which have been dormant in the soil or have been carried in by the wind or birds. Where required, spray your lawns once or twice a year in spring and autumn. Contact your local garden centre for a suitable spray.
Lawn diseases can be treated with a variety of all-round products. If there are patches in your lawn, it could be better to just dig out that part of the lawn and re-sow it with grass seed.
Thatch is the layer of dead grass that lies above the soil and root system, which can stop air and moisture reaching the roots and encourage fungal disease. Once a year, get an expert to come and carry out dethatching which will take that dead material out of your lawn. You can contact a lawn-care professional through the Yellow Pages.
Walking, playing or parking your car on the lawn can cause the soil to become compacted, which means water can’t soak through and air can’t circulate. You can fix this by coring your lawn once a year – either hire a mechanical corer yourself or get an expert in.
Reduce the moisture needs of your lawn by not over-fertilising, and not mowing it too short.
As well as coring your lawn, you can improve water penetration by applying a wetting agent.