5% For Life
Soil Health & Water Management from the Root Cause
5% For Life is Wittmer’s a soil health and water conservation management protocol. It includes amending soil with compost prior to planting and then utilizing organic nutrients, plant based extracts, humus, humite, top dressing and mulch to replace synthetic chemical fertilizers year round.
Unlike synthetic chemical fertilizers, our 5% Organic Matter protocol creates a natural cumulative effect building soil health, increasing root strength and density, and boosting plants’ ability to survive drought and pest stress.
Organic Matter in soil serves many critical roles. It attracts, binds and retains nutrients needed for plant life, balances pH levels, and holds carbon in the soil. Organic matter supports microbial life that breaks down nutrients for plants and naturally fends off disease and pests. In addition, each pound of organic matter holds 20 lbs. of water which helps plants survive droughts.
Ideal Soil Composition
5% Organic Matter is ideal for healthy soil & water. Increasing Organic Matter is key to improving soil and pant health and increasing water storage capacity. 5% Organic Matter content by volume is considered ideal according to the USDA.
What can 5% Organic Matter can achieve?
- 30% less water use and higher plant survival in droughts
- 30% to 70% less chemical pesticide and herbicide usage
- 30 % to 50% less chemical/nutrient leaching and run off
- Healthier, sustainable planet
5% Organic Matter can be attained and sustained using Wittmer’s 5% For Life protocol along with good management practices including the use of compost and other natural inputs.