The Future of Soil Amendments--GR in the trenches of science

Durability is just as important to landscape installation as beauty.  Graceful Roots strives to implement it's projects in a manner that will provide years of joy and contentment.    Additionally, traditional petroleum-based fertilizers and soil amendments are often not ideal to clients for philosophical, health or environmental reasons.   

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Because of this, Graceful Roots has been participating with strategic partners to develop and implement soil amendments which push the envelope of science, sustainability, and durability.   Specifically, with co-tenants at ReVenture Park,  GR is acting as field and content experts for a collaboration between local companies Fat City  Organics and the Power Resource Group to study advanced composting techniques and the introduction of an extremely absorbent, beneficial carbon source called bio-char.    

The operation takes food waste from the NASCAR building in uptown Charlotte and utilizes dual advanced composting methods---bokashi, a Japanese fermentation technique--and in-vessel vermiculture (worm castings).   Both methods create an extremely rich fertilizer free of any of the toxins in standard petroleum-based materials.


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This compost is then mixed with bio-char. Since ancient times, native populations from around the world have utilized charcoal as a soil amendment; it adjusts the Ph, retains water, and stores fertilizer through multiple seasons.

Currently, these two great companies have contracted with Graceful Roots to help manage field experiments using their soil amendments---for the initial period they will be used on the GR living wall experiments (see a description of the first phase here);  then they will be used on ornamentals around the ReVenture site.  Finally, they will be utilized with GR clients who have a strong desire to support sustainable plantings and eliminate petroleum and other chemicals from their soil amendments.