So why use mycorrhizae in your garden this spring?
For starters, these tiny soil fungi have been growing in symbiosis with plants for over 400 million years, so it’s no surprise that in nature they extend root systems, and enhance the amount of feeder roots that absorb nutrients and minerals for a plant. In exchange, the plant feeds the fungi sugars which fuels the fungi’s development. A win-win for both.
Here is a list of the 5 most important benefits of adding mycorrhizal fungi to your soil:
- Enhanced yields. University and on-farm research has demonstrated over and over again that yields are enhanced when inoculated with this beneficial soil fungi.
- Enhanced root systems. In nature, the fungi colonize the root system stimulating root development and extending its mycelium far into surrounding soil. In natural undisturbed soils the surface area for absorbing nutrients and water can increase from 10 to 1,000 times!
- Enhanced plant strength and vigor. Plants will be more robust and vital when they have a mycorrhizal root system.
- Enhanced soil structure. In Nature, the fungi release soil glues called glomalin that hold soil particles together and promote air and water movement.
- Enhance drought resistance. With increased drought and extreme weather on the rise, the ability of these fungi to store moisture in the soil for a longer period is becoming key in sustainable agriculture.