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You and Your Flower Beds Deserve to Be Healthier

By: Anny-Sandra Hamel

Posted on: March 06, 07

Toronto - Did you know that while you spend your days outside enjoying the summer weather your family and pets are constantly in contact with chemicals that could have adverse effects on their health? Did you know that the chemical fertilizer you use for your flower beds, lawn, and garden may be a source of pollution? Without being overly pessimistic, we believe that chemical fertilizers designed to create the best appearance as quickly and as cheaply as possible have had their day. Now that people are growing more concerned with their wellbeing and that of the environment, it is time to leave past and move forward towards new options.

Chemical fertilizers are more efficient than natural fertilizers: myth or reality?
Actually, neither. They just work differently. Let us have a better look at the differences. First of all, chemical fertilizers have a higher formulation (i.e. 15-30-15, 20-20-20) that quickly gives plants the elements they need to appear healthy. What actually happens is that the plant is being boosted through a direct channel that does not add any nutrients to the soil, which consequently becomes impoverished. Knowing that soil rich in organic matter is important for plant health, we can see that the long-term use of chemical fertilizers reduces soil efficiency. Fertilizer doses then have to be increased to obtain the same results.

Natural fertilizer, however, goes through the soil, which in turns feeds the plant. Healthy nutrients are added to the soil and plants can feed on these whenever they need to. Plants thus retain a healthy appearance throughout the entire season and well beyond. The impression that chemical fertilizers are more efficient is based on the fact that they are used to give results more quickly. Now, thanks to improved manufacturing processes, most natural fertilizers release their nutrients much faster and give lasting results more rapidly. Nutrients from natural fertilizers have a lower formulation (i.e. 4-4-2, 7-3-2) combined with high organic matter content?a winning combination for wholesome plant care!

Now that you know this, which natural fertilizer should you choose? Fertilizer companies understand today?s trends and most have developed a line of natural fertilizers to be sold alongside their regular products. However, a few rare enthusiasts specifically decided to specialize in natural fertilizers. This is the case with Acti-Sol and its hen manure fertilizer. With the expertise they developed over a period of close to 15 years, one can say that the Désilets family, who founded the company, is a Canadian pioneer in the field of natural fertilization and a keen promoter of environmental safety.

How does an egg producer end up developing a natural fertilizer?
Robert Désilets? family made its mark in the Canadian farming industry by operating a large poultry farm. Today, this farm has over 222,000 layer hens, 90,000 of which are in Ontario, and its annual production reaches 5.5 million dozen eggs, including the famous Omega 3 eggs. When one operates on such a large scale, a major problem arises: What is to be done with the 2,300 tons of manure produced annually by the birds, knowing that manure decomposing and fermenting can be a real pollution bomb that could seriously harm the environment?

In 1995, the Désilets family started drying their hen manure using a modified process from Europe, which they patented a few years later. Thanks to this drying technology known as Seconov, the company was the first to possess a permanent permit granted by the Environment Ministry to authorize the operation of a complete manure treatment site. In addition to drying the manure from its own farms, the Désilets family made this technology accessible to other Canadian poultry farmers. Together, the group processes an annual volume of 143.5 tonnes of phosphorus that would otherwise end up in overfertilized soils, in the water table, or in our rivers and lakes.

A firm commitment toward sustainable development
Thanks to an advanced ventilation system, the only source of energy used by Seconov dryers to dry manure comes from the hens themselves. The manure looses about 90% of its moisture in only 24 hours! How then does it get converted into natural fertilizer?

To market this promising product, the Désilets founded ActiSol in 1995, a company specialized in distributing dehydrated, pelletized hen fertilizer. That is how Mother Hen, the figurehead associated with Acti-Sol natural fertilizers, first made its appearance on the shelves of Canadian garden centres that year. Today, Acti-Sol?s fertilizers are recognized as suitable products for organic farming by Ecocert Canada and OMRI.

From egg production to ActiSol, the Désilets family set in motion a creative process that makes intelligent use of renewable natural resources, reduces pollution at the source, offering a natural alternative to domestic fertilization, and is perfectly aligned with all sustainable development principles.

Who Uses Acti-Sol?s Mother Hen Fertilizer?
Presently, ActiSol?s Mother Hen fertilizer is used by municipalities, large public gardens, wellknown companies, the professional horticulture industry, and several organic farms. Even the Toronto Botanical Garden and Casa Loma are using it! Golf clubs also have their Green Hen program to reduce their spreading of chemical fertilizers! The response is unanimous: those who try it just love it!

Acti-Sol?s Mother Hen fertilizer is one of the most decisive Canadian achievements of the last decade as far as impact on the environment is concerned. Now, it?s your turn to follow suit. When the time comes to do a little something to help your plants grow this season, how about joining the Désilets family in their efforts to save the planet by letting a natural fertilizer take care of your flowers, your lawn, your garden, and your health?

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