Category Projects

City Hall Natural Lawn Project, Houston, Texas

spacerMore and more public institutions are turning to natural systems to protect their water supply and to reduce costs. The City of Houston is no exception. In fact, they are leaders in taking care of special spots around the city organically. SGTX has been helping them for several years now.

Boots walking is the theme in front of City Hall, Houston.

Always a changing scene (The work of the talented Parks & Recreation Department), the lawn in front of the Houston City Hall gets lots of heavy foot traffic – festivals, ceremonies, public happenings. The lawn and seating area are much healthier now and able to hold up and bounce back quicker under heavy use. Beautiful old azeales are blooming magnificantly. Thank you, City of Houston, for letting us be on your team!

Beautiful, robust azales in response to the Soil Food Web.

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TXDoT’s Organic Major Thoroughfares Tree Project

Danny Phillips of SGTX foliar spraying a portion of the trees along HWY 59 in Houston, Texas.spacer

Total Trees injected in Houston: 123,034 and counting!

We want the trees to quickly establish in sub-standard, harsh roadside ground and grow vigorously.The trees are injected with biological innoculants, including mycorrhizal fungi soon after planting. Then specially formulated bio-stimulation blends are foliar applied 3 times over the next 1.5 years. Take a look at ectomycorrhizal growing as a consequence of SGTX tree injections.

Vibrant color for both trees and wildflowers along Houston's Hwy 59 portion that SGTX worked.

spacerWildflowers were also planted along the highways. While SGTX works with both Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) and Aerated Compost tea, we prefer the use of LCE in this type of situation. We believe the sheer vibrancy of color and number of species responding are much greater with the use of LCE.

Hats off to the TXDOT’s Houston Area Landscape Architects! It takes ...

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What is a Natural/Sustainable Agriculture System?

Let us be clear what we are doing with our work in these natural soil habitats. We are building or strengthening soil habitats with LIFE. The main word is ‘LIFE.’ To sustain this Life requires foods – minerals – both trace and major/minor nutrients. In a form the bugs (the LIFE) can eat! It requires energy. We believe soil LIFE is best referenced as the ‘soil foodweb.’

It is this soil food web that is nature’s preferred delivery system between the organic and inorganic systems, between the available and unavailable nutrients, and out of that energy for growth, disease resistance, nutrient retention versus leaching, top soil staying in place rather than eroding away – and yes, even rebuilding that lost top soil...

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SGTX Custom Blends Follow Road Map to Match Biology with Desired Plant Growth

SGTX promotes the use of Fungi-to-Bacteria ratios as a key to understanding how a below-ground soil foodweb succession parallels an above-ground plant ecological succession.  The following chart illustrates this concept.  Early-successional plants (invasive weeds and annual crops) are bacterial-dominated while late-successional plants (prairies, trees, and forests) are fungal-dominated.  The numbers in the chart are based on soil biology lab tests.  They are reported as Total Fungal Biomass : Total Bacteria Biomass (F:B) in micrograms per gram.

The soil biology test provides a practical glimpse of which kinds and how many soil critters make up the existing soil foodweb on a farm, ranch, yard, park, etc.  This chart guides SGTX work...

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Does Soil Biology Influence Soil Chemistry? Yes, It Does!

Johnson-Landview property

By Betsy Ross

Working with landowners in Texas, we’ve found that soil biology amendments can “shift” or alter nutrient values on a soil chemistry test. The following case study provides details on site conditions, the sequence of soil sampling and biology treatments, and soil test data.

Our company, Sustainable Growth Texas, LLC, uses bio-spray field treatments to help restore life in the soil.  Many of our clients are rural landowners in Texas with pasture lands.  Our motto is “better soil, better life”.

Project Site: The site had sandy loam soil and was located in Gonzales County, Texas.  The landowners had signed up for an EQUIP program from their local NRCS office.  They had just finished clearing heavy understory brush among Post Oak trees.

Here is the sequence of events:

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