Our Bio-Solution to Global warming

A gradual rise of the Earth’s temperature has been generally accepted. The cause of this effect is the gradual increase of the greenhouse gases with carbon dioxide being the biggest problem. As the world becomes more industrialized and as the population exponentially increases, the need for energy is ever increasing. The major source of energy is derived from fossil fuels, oil, gas, and coal, all containing carbon and produce carbon dioxide when burned.

The identification of the problem is rather simple, carbon dioxide is being emitted to the atmosphere at an ever-increasing rate with the consumption of carbon dioxide being less than the production, resulting in the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The solution is rather simple, the production has to be made equal to the consumption or use. In that way, the level of carbon dioxide will no longer increase in the atmosphere.

The present approach to solving the problem is to attempt to control the production by increasing thermal efficiency and burning fuels containing less carbon like natural gas. These efforts are commendable and do have some impact on the carbon dioxide production. But the ever-increasing industrialization and increase in world population make these efforts not enough to prevent an increase in carbon dioxide. Short of stopping the world from industrializing and increasing in population – another solution is urgently needed. Finding a solution on the consumption side is needed.

A mechanism is needed to transfer carbon to carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, where it’s a serious problem, to the soil where it can be extremely beneficial. The amount of carbon existing in the world’s soil is disappearing at an alarming rate. The major element in the fertility of the soil is its carbon content. The carbon is in the form of flora, fauna, organic matter, proteins, sugars, carbohydrates, and other carbon substances in the soil. The proteins, sugars, and carbohydrates feed the micro-flora existing in the soil. What feeds these micro-flora are the plants.

A mechanism has been established by nature where plants are basically the only living thing that can produce food by a process known as photosynthesis. It’s a rather difficult concept to accept that a plant can live without a man but man cannot exist without plants. Plants produce the food for all living organisms including the micro-flora existing in the soil. Why micro-flora in the soil? Nature has established a mechanism call symbiosis – the micro-flora work in unison with the plant and vice versa. The plant needs the micro-flora to provide nutrients and protection while the micro-flora need the plant to provide them food.

The problem arises from the inability of the plant to transfer nutrients containing carbon to the micro-flora also containing carbon. Why does this problem exist? The first and formative reason is that the soil is gradually dying. The micro-flora are being killed by the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and ever-increasing environmental pressures such as pollution. If the soil is dying all over the world, then the ability of the soil to sequester carbon is being lost. Soil can be a tremendous carbon sink if the soil is alive and working symbiotically with the plant. Interest in the soil is quickly being lost, i.e., commercial agriculture views the soil as only a place for the plants to reside with all the plant nutrients being provided synthetically. In this manner of agriculture, the carbon in the soil is not needed and if for some reason some extent of carbon is needed which in most cases does not exist anymore, the plants are genetically altered to survive in a soil far from optimum soil fertility. The problem of dying soil can be even made more immediate. The lawns, shrubs, and trees at the place we live, be it an apartment, home, or condo contains plants that are being fed for the most part synthetically, and the soil is in the process of dying. Again, the carbon sequestering ability of the soil is being lost at a tremendous rate.

Carbon dioxide that exists in and around where we live, work, and play is being hampered from being transferred from the air to the soil because we have ruined the mechanism by which this occurs. Dying soil in the world is a serious problem. The major reason being that the soil can be a very efficient carbon sink being a place where the carbon from the air can be transferred to the soil. But, without the micro-flora, this process cannot happen. The continued use of synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, and existences of pollution has caused the soil to gradually die, losing its ability to be a carbon sink. The problem becomes somewhat more complicated because it’s not a linear dying but exponential dying, meaning overall dying will come at an extremely fast rate. The overall efficiency of the plant is not an on and off mechanism, but rather a gradual process such that as the stresses increase on the plant, be it from pollution, synthetic fertilizers, and chemicals, the plant adjusts itself to maintain life at all costs.

It can be deduced then, that the plant has different levels of existence, i.e., the plant can be very vigorous to a level of being barely surviving and other levels in between with the final level being dead. This same premise would be true for all living organisms. It is well known in the microorganism world that if the stresses placed on an organism becomes greater and greater, the organism will eventually go to sleep to protect itself and as long as the stresses are not severe enough to kill the organism, the organism will stay in this sleep state until the stresses are relieved and conditions become favorable for the organism to reawaken. So, let us say, that as the stresses on the world increase, no matter what stresses there may be, the world is gradually going into a sleep state.
Hopefully, the stresses will subside before everything in the world is killed. If this hypothesis is accepted, we are now somewhere on this exponential curve where the world is somewhere between being a very vigorous place and a place being asleep. Why is this important? Well, the more vigorous the world is, the more efficient transfer of carbon from the atmosphere as carbon dioxide to the soil via photosynthesis will occur. Then, the proposed solution to reducing the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is to reinvigorate the world. 1st Choice Fertilizer, Inc. has invented a process referred to as “Earth-Care Organic Fertilizer™ ” that does exactly that. The implementation of this technology to grow plants greatly and increases their vigor greatly, which improves the transfer of carbon from the air to the soil both by increasing the carbon sequestering nature of the plant and the carbon sequestering nature of the soil.

Ask a Master Gardener: Don’t use Epsom salt on tomato plants

Q: I have read that you should fertilize tomato plants with Epsom salt. When should you add it, and how much should you add?

A: We don’t generally recommend using Epsom salt in the garden. Epsom salt can provide magnesium and sulfur, but there’s no need to add these elements unless you’ve had a soil test showing that your soil is deficient in these minerals. It’s not likely that ordinary garden soil would be deficient. Unnecessary additives that are not taken up by plants — including Epsom salt — can contaminate groundwater.

Adding Epsom salt to the soil tomatoes are growing in can promote blossom-end rot, a truly disappointing garden woe. The tomatoes start to bear fruit and then rot on the bottom. Blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency in the plants. Too much magnesium in the soil — which you get from Epsom salt — can prevent the plant from taking up enough calcium.

So what fertilizer should you use? That depends on your soil. If you added some Earth-Care Plus 5-6-6 organic fertilizer before and after planting, you do not need any other fertilizer at all because Earth-Care Plus 5-6-6 has all the basic elements and also contains beneficial probiotics. You likely don’t need any phosphorous, and too much nitrogen will make the plants get bushy but produce less fruit. The only way to know for certain how much of each nutrient to add is to have a soil test.

A lot of claims are made about Epsom salt’s utility in the garden. You can find websites — and even seasoned gardeners — recommending it for everything from fertilizing to killing weeds. Typically, there is a more effective, less damaging product that would be a better choice and that’s why we highly recommend Earth-Care Plus 5-6-6 by 1st Choice Fertilizer.

Improves Soil Quality

A lush, green lawn can vastly improve a home’s curb appeal. Thick, healthy grass indicates that homeowners care enough about their properties to invest the time, effort and money to make them beautiful.

According to 1st Choice Fertilizer a company that produces organic fertilizer for the landscaping and farming industry, soil fertility is the foundation of healthy lawns. In fact, the quality of the soil is essential whether one is growing acres of grass, potted plants or vegetable garden beds. No matter which type of soil a homeowner is working with, there are various ways to make it better.

Thatch is a tightly knotted layer of leaves, grass roots, stems, and other debris that accumulates between the grass blades and the soil. Too much thatch can hinder the movement of water, air and nutrients into the soil. According to organic fertilizer company 1st Choice Fertilizer , thatch often occurs if the production of dead organic material in the lawn exceeds the ability of the microorganisms in the soil to break down that organic matter. A half-inch of thatch is normal. If thatch gets too thick, it will need to be removed. dethatching can take place in the summer, fall and winter using a thatching rake.

A lawn aerator will create holes in the soil. This can improve drainage and encourage worms and helpful microorganisms that require oxygen to thrive in the soil. At 1st Choice Fertilizer we believe the best time to aerate a lawn is during the growing season when the grass can heal and fill in any holes, such as spring and fall. Aeration can help develop deeper grass roots for a healthier lawn.

A great lawn has loamy soil, which has a key ratio of clay, silt and sand. Silt is a granular material of a size between sand and clay that originates from quartz and feldspar. It is the most fertile of the three types of soil components. Sand does not retain water, but it helps to create spaces in the soil that permit air to circulate. Clay particles are small and bind together tightly, but clay is naturally nutrient-rich. A spokesman for 1st Choice Fertilizer said, Loamy soil should have equal parts sand and silt and half as much clay.

If the lawn is not yet established, loamy soil can be created and then the grass seeds planted. For established soil, after removing thatch and aerating, top-dressing the lawn can help. This involves adding a thin layer of soil over the lawn. It can improve the soil without killing the existing turf. Ideally, it should be done in early fall or spring, as this gives the grass time to grow through three to four more mowing before severe heat or cold sets in.

Healthy soil is vital to a lush lawn. It takes a little work, but improving soil can create vibrant, healthy, green grass by using 1st Choice Fertilizer products.


Pittsburgh Department Of Public Works Plans To Use Sustainable Landscaping In City Parks

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Tuesday, the Department of Public Works released a new plan that will see seven city parks maintained under a green/ecolandscaping contract.

These contracts will provide organic and/or natural landscaping without the usage of chemical fertilizer, pesticides, and will be in line with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works landscaping operations.

Environmentally sustainable practices will include weed removal done manually or through the usage of grazing goats, Penn State Agricultural Extension will also collect soil to determine pH and nutrient levels, weed prevention will be done through tarping, landscape fabric, planting vegetation, or by newspaper and/or cardboard barriers.

The parks that will be part of the sustainable landscaping will include Allegheny Landing Park, Allegheny Riverfront Park, Convention Center Park, Mellon Square Park, Schenley Park-Panther Hollow Field, Schenley Park-Schenley Plaza, and Southside Park-Quarry Field.

Healthy soil is vital to a lush lawn. It takes a little work, but improving soil can create vibrant, healthy, green grass by using 1st Choice Fertilizer products.



Black Lives Matter!

The killing of black men, women, and children and the continued racial injustice and systematic discrimination are not acceptable.

We mourn the losses and demand justice for: Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, Walter Scott, George Floyd and so many others.

We call for an end to the senseless killings of Black lives and we recognize that silence and inaction has visited violence upon Black communities.

1st Choice Fertilizer is committed to progress and though we do not have all the answers we can and will do our part.

We have committed to:

• Donating to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund

• Implementing the advice of a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultants

• Conducting listening tours with our employees, community members, partners, and clients

• We will volunteer our time in our community and engage with our community partners

If you see an opportunity for us to do more, please reach us. We are committed to listen, learn, and advocate. We believe this is more than an important conversation that must be had. Now is the time for effective partnerships and real change.

We stand with you!

#JusticeforGeorgefloyd #Blacklivesmatter

10 Tips For Gardening Beginners

Clean-Up The Space

Preparing a garden requires general clean-up work. You need to get rid of scraps and unwanted debris to give space for new vegetation. Start with your lawn. Then, proceed to cleaning your plant boxes and garden beds.

Remove Existing Weed

Weeds can affect the health of your plants. Remove existing weeds from your garden beds and boxes before adding new plants to ensure their growth.

Style Garden Beds

Add some curves to your existing garden beds, and give your garden a splash of uniqueness. Using a flat-edged shovel, simply cut along the edge of your garden bed. Keep it clean and neat. You may also add some mulch to retain the moisture in your soil.

Edge Your Lawn

Make everything pop by maintaining the lawn along your sidewalks and driveways neat. You may use a power edger or an electric edger, depending on the job.

Set Your Priority

Before you start gardening, you should know which parts of your garden you want to put emphasis or develop the most. Decide where you want to start, and don’t worry about slow progress. Besides, you’ll have to give more time for cleaning and maintenance.

Choose Garden’s Style

How do you want your garden to look? That depends on you. Whether you want a formal or an informal garden, you have the power to make it happen. Plan the overall design of your garden, and search various idea books to make the process easier for you.

Learn And Research

Keep in mind that plants grow in various conditions. Some plants can’t handle too much sun or shade. Learn your environment and the plants you’re planning to grow in your garden. A little research can also help.

Maintain Your Garden

Keeping up with your garden’s needs is a lifelong task, if you want your garden to always look healthy, neat, and organized. Be consistent in watering your plants, and in removing weeds so you can be sure that your plants are always at their best.

Ask For Assistance 

Put the word out. Let your friends know what your garden needs, and share with them the types of flora you’re looking to grow. You’ll never know, they could be a great help in budding your garden. Feel free to consult professionals, and ask for assistance from your loved ones should you need it.

Relax And Enjoy

After the long wait and hard work, everything will pay off once you start seeing the end results. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the beauty of your garden.


Who needs a Victory Garden?

Victory Gardens, also called “war gardens” or “food gardens for defense” were gardens planted by ordinary citizens during World War I and World War II to provide some relief in the public food demands. Ordinary citizens were growing tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, beets, and peas. Victory gardens introduced us to Swiss chard and kohlrabi because they were easy to grow.

A Sense of Purpose

Grow Your Own Food Victory gardens are “cropping up” across the United States and Canada. Victory gardens were considered a civil morale booster.

Victory gardens gave Americans on the home front a sense of purpose and a way to contribute to the war effort while also providing the food needed to sustain a nation during a time of need. But after the war ended in 1945, victory gardens began to disappear. Grocery stores and commercial food began to become more widely available so most Americans didn’t see the need to grow anymore. Gardening became a hobby rather than a necessity for most people.

Fast Forward to Today

The food supply and state of health in our country are once again facing new challenges. As a nation, we do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. A large portion of our food makes long journey before even hitting our tables, losing nutrients along the way. A sizable percentage of our food is grown with pesticides. And rising food prices (especially for organic food) only exacerbates the problem. Today, because many have concerns about the quality of our food, home gardening is making a resurgence.

Not only is gardening an excellent way to reduce your grocery bill, but it is also a great way to bring your family (and neighborhood) together.

  1. Growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to stretch your food budget.
  2. Homegrown vegetables provide readily-available nutrition (every day a vegetable is off the vine it loses its health benefits).
  3. No harmful chemicals are sprayed on your veggies.
  4. It would provide fresh air and outdoor exercise for the whole family.
  5. Forges bonding experiences for family and community members.
  6. Allows you to control your food supply and be more self-sufficient.
  7. Gardening is a great activity to help relieve stress and improve sleep quality.
  8. Reduces your carbon footprint.
  9. Statistically, gardeners live longer!



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Why Choose 1st Choice Lawn and Garden Fertilizing?

Our products are natural, they’re good for you, your plant and the Earth.  Buy Direct – No middle man, No hidden fees, A better quality and a good price. Our product has natural occurring microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and mycorrhizae. Our product is made with biodegradable ingredients, compressed into pellets shape that absorb water during irrigation and channel water directly to plants root and improves moisture and distribution of nutrients.

Our Values

Our products are eco-friendly and environmentally safer option for kids playground, parks and recreation facilities.

User health and safety is our number 1 priority.

Our product helps you to save on water.

Our product does not smell.

Our product restore your soil.

Our Product Advantage

Inoculant: Promotes beneficial micro-organisms.

Allows manipulation of both soil biology and chemistry.

Earth-Care “use of micro-organism in positive way”

The soil food-web maintains the soil.

Supplies plant nutrients.

Protect and nourishes plant.



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Best Farm, Lawn and Garden Fertilizer

Our formula is a slow-release Fertilizer crafted with disease/pest/weed suppressor . Earth-Care Plus 5-6-6 is designed with several microbial mixture to produce all-natural and effective products. Most importantly, wild beneficial microbes enter the soil to assist with nutrients that will last a long time on your lawn and soil. Earth-Care Plus 5-6-6 is a complete solution for farm, lawn and garden

There are things you can do to enhance your plant health, and using Our all purpose Earth-Care 5-6-6 organic fertilizer will certainly give your plant all the nourishment required to grow.

You can use Earth-Care Plus 5-6-6 for plants around the house and also in pots or garden greenery. You can spread Earth-Care Organic Fertilizer on your lawn and plants to keep them healthy and help build plant immune system against pathogens.



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Spring Lawn and Shrubs Maintenance.

To prepare your lawn for planting, remove any weed tops or rocks over 2” in diameter from the surface. Till the top 1” of soil and rake the surface smooth. Deep tilling is unnecessary unless the soil is highly compacted. Adding soil should be unnecessary unless you’re facing solid rock. To prepare landscape beds for shrubs, excavate the beds as deep as necessary to remove weeds and grass, including all underground stems. For appropriate drainage, add topsoil if necessary to raise the beds above the surrounding area. To help your shrubs get the best start, apply 4”–6” of compost, high-quality organic farm, lawn and garden fertilizer . Till the bed to a depth of 6”-8” and rake the area smooth. The top of the beds should be flat and higher than the surrounding area with sloped edges.


To plant your shrubs, thoroughly moisten the landscape beds with water. Remove the shrubs from their containers, and cut or tear pot-bound roots from the outside edges of the root balls. Dig a dish-shaped hole for each shrub. To save yourself the hassle of weeding, use a high-quality organic fertilizer. Unroll enough fabric to cover the bed, overlapping individual fabric sections by 2”-3” secure the fabric with landscape fabric pegs or garden staples. Using a utility knife or scissor, cut an appropriately sized X above each hole, so that your plant can pass through the fabric into the hole. Now, to plant! Pass the root ball through the landscape fabric and set it on the bottom of the hole, so that the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the existing soil. Fill the rest of the hole with the dirt that came from it. Do not tamp the soil. Settle the soil by watering slowly with a garden hose just above the root ball and soaking the area. This will remove any air pockets. Cover the fabric with 3”-4” of mulch but don’t pile mulch against the shrub’s trunk.


Like all living things, the grass in your lawn needs food, and it’s up to you to replenish that food every now and then. To grow a thick, green lawn, be sure to apply a high-quality lawn, and plant food as directed on the package. When mowing, set your mower height to cut approximately the top 1/3 of the grass blades. Cutting more will compromise the health of the root system. Consider leaving the clippings on the lawn. They’ll break down in a matter of days and return nutrients back into the soil. When it comes to watering, new studies show better results with one thorough, weekly watering than more frequent, short bursts. Roughly 45 minutes to an hour is best in most cases. When fertilizing, don’t neglect your shrubs. Use a trusted granular fertilizer or, for a convenient and effective, time-release solution, look into organic fertilizer spikes with beneficial microbes or traditional fertilizer spikes for trees and shrubs. Bear in mind that azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons perform best with specially formulated natural fertilizers. Finally, depending on the light conditions and species, your shrubs most likely thrive on the same watering schedule as your lawn.



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