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Offline HydroRI

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Evaluating Solu-Cal L 6-0-0 Ca Liquid
« on: Sat January 23, 2016, 01:34:50 PM »
I have been using this product for about 10 years and I was wondering if it actually makes a difference. I was never able to do a side by side comparisons with and without to see the difference. The product claims to Improve soil structure, stimulate root and leaf development, regulate soil pH, strengthen cell walls, and promote better germination. I can only believe what this says but if it is actually doing that or not I would never know. I use the higher recommended rate for hydroseeding for all of my lawns 14oz/M.

I understand a soil test is important and that will determine the actual requirements and I also understand that it is short lived and to change pH and maintain a granular product is the best choice. But if it does all the things it says it does wouldn't it make sense to use it all the time? The cost is about $1.85/M

Anyone have any thoughts or experience with this product?

http://www.solu-cal.com/media/pdf/tech-sheets/Solu-Cal%20L.pdf
http://www.solu-cal.com/media/pdf/product-labels/31010%20Solu-Cal%20L%206-0-0%20label%202014.pdf
« Last Edit: Sat January 23, 2016, 01:38:00 PM by HydroRI »
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Re: Evaluating Solu-Cal L 6-0-0 Ca Liquid
« Reply #1 on: Sat January 23, 2016, 04:10:20 PM »
Definitely an interesting product.  I do see one thing that would make me question their claims a bit as far as improving soil pH.  They say it is twice as effective as Liquid Lime at improving pH.   However they don't give any specific numbers just a general recommendation.

Liquid Lime claims that 2.5 gallons per acre will improve soil pH by 6 points. They say that 5 gallons per acre will improve it by 1.3 points.   

Solu-Cal says 5 gallons per acre to maintain soil PH and 10 gallons per acre to improve soil pH.  It is a little vague but doesn't sound twice as effective to me.

I am sure it is a good product however and that it would be a beneficial additive when hydroseeding.
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Re: Evaluating Solu-Cal L 6-0-0 Ca Liquid
« Reply #2 on: Sun January 24, 2016, 04:10:10 PM »
I think as with a lot of additives a repeated use on the same are will probably see some benefits but in a single use 1 time shot not so much.
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Re: Evaluating Solu-Cal L 6-0-0 Ca Liquid
« Reply #3 on: Sun January 31, 2016, 09:55:55 PM »
We have not used it, but that's an interesting blended product.
Not sure if the product would move the PH as described, however I agree with the Humic and Fulvic acid.
Just from our experience we use Humic, Fulvic and Ulmic acid on a regular basis and see higher germination rates with larger root mass.
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Re: Evaluating Solu-Cal L 6-0-0 Ca Liquid
« Reply #4 on: Wed February 03, 2016, 08:35:10 AM »
I would tend to agree with that and since it seems like a fairly inexpensive product it is probably well worth adding to the mix.   As Smerfdog said I think the pH movement might be a little confusing but I am sure it would help and the experience I have had with the liquid lime tells me that it does work.  It works faster which is a plus but doesn't last quite as long which is a negative.  Still it is a good product and most likely Solu-Cal would work well but probably not last as long as granular.  Still We are concerned with growing grass which is short term and lime can be applied later. 
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