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ONfungi video demonstrates “Mix, Strain, Apply” the 2021/22 lawn experiment

How to video demonstrates the Lawn Experiment process.
In this video volunteer participant Janice Reid applies the biotic tea to an area of grass under a maple tree. Conditions noted included the poor health of the tree and the Microbiometer tests came in at 300 ug/g in the first area and 365 in the second. Both those results indicate "poor" soil and low carbon. Low carbon means few carbon lifeforms such as protozoa, nematodes, bacteria, or fungi. 
Special thanks to Janice Reid for her generosity of time and spirit. Kelvin Hodges for yet another video. Bensound for putting his jazz online.

In this video we demonstrate the basic “Lawn Experiment”. This experiment is designed to test whether the fungal dominant compost (FDC) can restore carbon to soil. We will observe changes to the soil and plants.

We had a carbon storage success with Emma’s experiment, let’s test if that result can be repeated with lawns


Lawn test instructions

This experiment uses a lawn soak.

Mix the ONfungi biotic in water

Begin by taking a 5 gallon bucket. Fill with 15 liters / 3 gallons water.
Tip: Let chlorinated water sit for 24 hours before using. You may use more or less water. Even 10 times more water. Just note the amount of water in your observations. The basic ratio is 100 grams biotic to water.

Stir for 10 minutes

Use a paint paddle and drill if you like. The more you stir the better the solution. Experimenters have reported the material dissolved “surprisingly well” with little material seen in the strainer.

Apply the soak

Cloudy day or evening are good times to apply
If the soil is dry watering in after may help.

Note lawn area details
Measure and photograph roots.
  • Record or photograph the area to be treated. Note discolouration or thin patches
  • Size (For the video test we used an area of 10×15 feet (roughly 1.5m to 3m).) Any size area may be reported, just let us know.
  • Ideally measure fungal/bacteria ratio and carbon present in the soil before applying the FDC.
    Note: ONfungi has the test kit and apparatus. Please contact us. If you are within 20km of one of our research volunteers (Perth or Almonte) you are likely to be eligible for FREE fall and spring soil tests.
Bi weekly observations
  • Measure roots. Cut a small piece of turf, pull a small plug, measure the depth of the roots and photograph
  • Observe grass length in 5 locations of the treated plot
  • Note discolouration of lawn

That’s it. Thanks from the ONfungi crew for your support, work and smiles!

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