Our powerful new super-mulch, Whoflungdung, is available to buy in retail outlets this month, and to prove just how potent and nutrient rich Whoflungdung is, we’ve been putting this fantastic new product to the test in multiple trials throughout South Australia.
You might recall the article in our December newsletter detailing the launch of our Whoflungdung trials with the Adelaide Botanic Garden, and now we can add trials with the Adelaide City Council to the mix.
Dr. Uwe Stroeher with member of the Adelaide City Council conducting Whoflungdung trials in Rymill Park
We wanted to see how Whoflungdung performed during the rose growing period in spring, so from August to November 2017, we put Whoflungdung to the test in Rymill Park, eager to see if our super-mulch had any benefits when compared to the standard pea straw that is commonly applied to rose beds. The purpose of this trial was to observe any difference in the growth and health of the plants, to examine weed suppression of the mulches, and to determine the impact these types of mulch have on the nutrient and biological activity of the soil.
As part of the trial, Whoflungdung was applied to one 20sqm trial area in Rymill Park, while pea straw was applied to another trial area of the same size, with both plots each containing approximately 25 rose plants. The rose gardens were examined once a month, with no obvious differences observed between the growth of the plants on either plot. However, when it came time to testing the nutrient levels of the soils, the plot containing Whoflungdung was the clear winner.
Results of the trial:
- For all available nutrients that were tested, Whoflungdung out preformed pea straw in returning nutrients to the soil
- The results indicated that pea straw can’t replace the phosphate drawn out of the soil during growth, whereas Whoflungdung increases both the phosphate and the nitrogen content of the soil.
- Overall, the number of active microbes was higher in the Whoflungdung sample compared to pea straw by approx. 27%
- Whoflungdung appeared to increase the number of lactic acid bacteria and also fungi and cellulose utilisers, whereas the pea straw appeared to stimulate the growth of actinomycetes.
These results compliment our previous trials nicely, as Whoflungdung has already proven to be excellent at weed suppression and moisture retention in the soil, while successfully deterring blackbirds from digging in garden beds. The trials continue at the Botanic Garden, and you can now pick up Whoflungdung in 20kg bales from Neutrog Whoflungdung retail suppliers to put our super-mulch to the test for yourself.