Permanently improves your soil!
Improves plant growth and yield
Decreases need for fertilizer
Sequesters carbon to decrease global warming – details below
Decreases water pollution and dead zones from fertilizer run-off – details below
Increases nutrients in your soil and keeps them there for your plants to use
Binds toxins in your soil from herbicides, lead paint and other pollutants
Renews the soil around Spruce, Oak and Pine trees
Increases plants resistance to disease
Increases permeability of soil
Increases water retention in dry soils
Excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the largest contributor to global warming. Coal and charcoal are usually burned, releasing carbon into the air and adding to global warming. Using Biocharm™ in your garden not only improves plant growth but it actually buries and sequesters carbon in the ground, away from the atmosphere. Since biochar takes centuries to decompose, the carbon is safely hidden away for ages.
Nature Magazine recently reported that soil treated with biochar sequesters as much carbon per square foot as a tropical rainforest!
Lowers water pollution
Whenever fertilizer is applied to soil, rain washes some of it into streams and rivers. Biochar allows fertilizer to accumulate within the char particles instead of washing away in rains. It acts as a storehouse where nutrients collect and stay available to plants. Biochar also actually attracts beneficial organisms that add to the fertility of the soil. Once again since Biochar stays in the soil for many centuries, a single application can improve gardens and agricultural fields for many generations.
Many current agricultural operations use large amounts of fertilizer, which can lead to poisonous runoff, harming our nation’s streams and rivers. The nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers applied to the soil travel down local streams to rivers, and then the ocean, producing algae blooms. These blooms deplete the oxygen in the water, killing off fish and wildlife in the area and creating vast “dead zones.” The use of biochar is a powerful way to break this cycle of pollution.
See the Links page for articles illustrating the problem of fertilizer runoff and dead zones.