October 10th & 11th - Long Beach Convention Center

Soil Amendments Seminars

Soil amendments are essential in order to provide a better environment for roots and plant growth. They also improve irrigation. Everyone should realize the importance of this aspect of landscaping.

Wednesday, October 10th: 10:00 - 11:30 AM

What’s the Real Scoop? Organics vs. Synthetic
by Gisele Schoniger

If you’ve heard that a successful garden starts with good soil, you’ve been given good advice! Soil is a complex ecosystem, which supports all life on earth. But what is “good” soil and how do you know if you have it? Learn the basics of how to build and care for healthy soil in your landscape using natural and organic materials. We’ll talk about the benefits of organics versus synthetics and the impact on your soil, overall growth, and a possible hybrid option.

"The seminars were all great. Presentations ranged from highly professional to accessible for those who want to gain general knowledge."

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Regenerative Soil Care
by David White, Ph.D

I will give an introduction and overview of the Soil Food Web and instruction on how to make composts appropriate to the needs of the landscape. I will give examples of how to make compost extracts and actively aerated compost teas to increase soil biology levels, increase carbon sequestration in soil and improve plant health while saving water and eliminating the use of pesticides and salts.

Thursday, October 11th: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Soil Amendments and Benefits of Soil Organic Matter
by Russell Taylor

This class will discuss the importance of soil amendments in California soils. We will cover the benefits of improving soil organic matter and how it impacts water conservation and soil fertility. Attendees will learn when and how to use soil amendments to conserve water and improve plant vigor. Product discussions will include the similarities and difference between humates and biochars.