LazyMan Soil Doctor
LazyMan Soil Doctor with 10-3-6 liquid fertilizer combines liquid lawn aeration, lawn dethatching, lawn fertilizing, and soil conditioning into an easy to use spray-on liquid for turf, vegetable gardens, flower beds, herb gardens, and more.
LazyMan Soil Doctor is our latest product in lawn renovation. This revolutionary polymer based liquid (polymaleic anhydride terpolymer and maleic anhydride sulfonated copolymer) also has humic acids, and non-pathogenic thatch eating microbes.
The Lawn Aerator Portion
- Effects on plant seed, root growth and density |PDF|
- Effects on release of sodium and total salts |PDF|
- Influence of liquid polymer on soil aggregation |PDF|
- ISTRC Particle Analysis |PDF|
- Effect on water filtration |PDF|
- Effect on clay soil |PDF|
- Effect on root growth |PDF|
- USDA soil test |PDF|
- Effect on soil compaction |PDF|
- Effect on soil drainage |PDF|
- Effect soil moisture capacity |PDF|
- Effect on turf density |PDF|
- Effect on turf recovery |PDF|
- Liquid Dethatcher field trials |PDF|
- Golf course thatch reduction |PDF|
The lawn aeration portion of LazyMan Liquid Soil Doctor is a uniquely formulated high grade non-ionic lawn aerator. It helps reduce crusting, loosens up hard clay soils, aggregates sandy soil, and allows water and oxygen to better reach plant roots by reducing the surface tension between the water and the soil. LazyMan Soil Doctor is designed to decrease the surface tension between water and soil while improving the growth and activity of micro-organisms necessary for a healthy soil environment. Best of all, it is so easy to use even a Lazy Man can do it!
Using a lawn aerator is one of the keys to healthy grass growth. It permits essential water, air and nutrients to penetrate deep into the root zone (where they are needed). The deeper healthier root systems created generate thicker, greener grass. The enhanced functioning of the soils natural organic processes means that there is reduced need for fertilization.
Do not confuse LazyMan Soil Doctor with other products that claim to aerate the soil. LazyMan Soil Doctor is NOT a wetting agent, it is NOT a surfactant, it is NOT a penetrant, and it is NOT a polyacrlyamide (PAM).
Nor does LazyMan contain Ammonium Laureth Sulfate which is a fancy name for soap. Other products on the market are nothing more than soap and they put "ammonium laureth sulfate" on the label to look impressive because most people have no idea what that is. Also, If the product bottle is only a quart and claims to aerate nearly an entire acre you should be wary. This is not possible.
LazyMan Soil Doctor forms water stable aggregates in the soil. Aggregate stability refers to the ability of soil aggregates to resist degradation from raindrops, flowing water, windblown sand grains, vehicle traffic, and trampling can break apart soil aggregates, exposing organic matter to decomposition and loss. Water stable aggregates are critical to erosion resistance, water availability, and root growth. Soil with stable aggregates at the surface are more resistant to water erosion than other soils, both because soil particles are less likely to be detached and because the rate of water infiltration tends to be higher on well aggregated soils. Unstable aggregates disperse during rainstorms, then form a hard physical crust when the soil dries. Physical crusts restrict seedling emergence because they have few pores for root growth. Large, water stable aggregates can resist degradation and removal by wind better than small, weak ones. See our section on, "How It Works" below.
LazyMan Soil Doctor is a liquid polymer mixture that loosens and aerates compacted soils, even in high traffic areas or where plant growth is difficult to maintain, while at the same time adds beneficial micro-organisms to the soil. Even on sports fields where compaction is great, this lawn aerator will work.
The effects of one application are long-lasting because the polymers are stable, with a combined molecular weight of 20,000. Okay, so maybe you don't know (or care) what that means, but if you are not familiar with LazyMan Soil Doctor, you probably have seen nothing like it before because it is entirely unique--different from anything else on the market.
How Does The Aerator Portion Work? LazyMan Soil Doctor's aerator portion is made up of a solution – similar to the electrolytes found in sports drinks, but much, much more complicated. These polymers (very complicated) are HUGE--over 20,000 combined molecular weight. Most of these substances are hydrophilic--they LOVE water. One of the polymers is strongly hydrophobic (runs away from water). Due to these polymers high molecular weight, they're very, very stable. So when you mix it with water and spray it on turf, the hydrophobic polymers run from the water, but the hydrophilic polymers in the chain attach themselves to the water (and they aren't coming off for a long, long, time) so they get dragged along with the hydrophobic polymers leading the way! This is what make the lawn aerator portion work.
This image was posted on our Facebook page by one of our customers, Mr. Tangella who got these results in just two months using the Soil Doctor!
Think of it this way. Did you ever play with two magnets when you were a kid? If you aimed the right end at the wrong end of the other one, it pushed it. That's what happens when LazyMan Soil Doctor gets down in the dirt. The negative and the positive push each other along, and they open up pathways in the soil. Both the hydrophobic quality and gravity work together, moving, stopping, moving, stopping, until the polymers finally breaks down...which usually doesn't happen for about a year (depends on variables, like weather...).
Also, if you have a high sodium content in your soil (usually from your water source,) sodium causes compaction, and it also reduces nutrient absorption by the turf. Sodium is positively charged, while clay is negatively charged, so the sodium smashes the clay together. The lawn aerator portion LazyMan Soil Doctor grabs onto the sodium and removes it to a lower level so that it's out of the way of the plant root zone. That's a benefit you will never get from mechanical aeration!
What to Expect: This depends on the starting point of your soil, but if you have decent topsoil that has just become compacted over time, the initial LazyMan lawn aerator application should reach a depth of about 6 inches. Each application after that should penetrate an extra inch or two at a time. If you have very hard and compacted soil to begin with, results may take longer.
The best thing about LazyMan Soil Doctor is you spray it on the whole lawn, the whole field, the whole golf course and then it just works, and keeps working, and keeps working. When you use a machine, you're pulling out plugs here and there, and that's that. End of story. Sure, the use of a mechanical lawn aerator is good for turf, but LazyMan Soil Doctor is better, much easier, and much more economical!
The Lawn Dethatcher Portion
Thatch is a layer of grass stems, roots, clippings, and debris that settle on the ground and either slowly decompose and/or accumulate over time and can create a number of problems in turf. Thatch accumulates on the surface of your soil just below the grass line and is usually out of sight.
The causes are numerous: poorly aerated soil, excess nitrogen, or high and infrequent mowing. Thatch buildup is commonly found in lawns where grass has grown tall, mulch is frequently left, and lawns that have never been aerated. The thatch layer is an ideal environment for pathogens and pests such as fungi and insects. Additionally, thatch tends to repel water, leading to hydrophobic soil conditions, which in turn adds stress and leads to additional maintenance requirements.
How Does The Turf Dethatching Portion Work?
LazyMan Liquid Soil Doctor contains an advanced formulation of naturally occurring microbes (bacillus licheniformis, bacillus coagulans, bacillus pumilus, paenibacillus durum, paenibacillus azotoformans, and paenibacillus polymyxa, just to name a few of about 40) that feed on dead plant tissue. Like any other population, they multiply when there is abundant food (thatch). By adding the concentrated microbes in LazyMan Liquid Soil Doctor you help nature keep up with the accumulation of dead plant material. Repeated application establishes a thriving community of thatch eating microbes that help keep you ahead of thatch related maintenance problems by degrading cellulose, lignin, ligno-cellulose, and xylose which is all part of dead plant material. The lawn aerator portion of LazyMan will also help to reduce thatch.
Are Microbial Dethatchers Effective?
Research has shown this microbial dethatcher to reduce thatch approximately 50% after three applications at 4 week intervals. Once thatch is broken down, this microbial dethatcher will also help prevent future thatch build up. If organic fertilizers are used instead of synthetic in conjunction with this lawn dethatcher, the need for mechanical dethatching is virtually eliminated. LazyMan Soil Doctor accelerates natural thatch decomposition and will reduce the frequency of mechanical treatments and can completely eliminate them. The combination of the lawn aerator and lawn dethatcher helps improve soil and turf conditions and may reduce the need for some associated pesticide applications. That dethatching portion of LazyMan Soil Doctor has the following characteristics:
- Effective under a wide range of conditions
- Treats and controls thatch layer in turf
- Helps minimize thatch related turf maintenance problems
- Accelerates the decomposition of thatch into nutrient rich humus
- Allows better water and oxygen penetration
- May reduce the need for some associated pesticide applications
- It has organic components that are beneficial to the soil
The Soil Conditioning Portion
How Does The Soil Conditioning Portion Work? LazyMan Soil Doctor not only is formulated to aerate and dethatch, but we have also added humic acids (Mother Nature's Organic Compost), kelp, and amino acids for soil conditioning. These additional ingredients do the following:
PHYSICAL BENEFITS - Physically modify and improve the soil.
- Increases water holding capacity.
- Increases aeration of soil.
- Improves soil workability.
- Helps resist drought.
- Improves seedbed.
- Makes soil more friable or crumbly
- Reduces soil erosion.
CHEMICAL BENEFITS - Chemically improve the fixation properties of the soil.
- Retains water-soluble inorganic fertilizers in the root zones and releases them to plants when needed.
- Promotes the conversion of a number of elements into forms available to plants.
- Possesses extremely high ion-exchange capacities.
- Participates in the decomposition of rocks and minerals.
- Increases buffering properties of soil.
- Chelates metal ions under alkaline conditions.
BIOLOGICAL BENEFITS - Biologically stimulate the plant.
- Stimulates plant growth by accelerating cell division, increasing the rate of development in root systems, and increasing the yield of dry matter.
- Increases germination of seed and viability.
- Increases vitamin content of plants.
- Increases the permeability of plant membranes; promoting the uptake of nutrients.
- Stimulates root growth, especially lengthwise.
- Increases root respiration and formation.
- Stimulates growth and proliferation of desirable soil microorganisms as well as algae and yeast.
- Aids in photosynthesis.
- Stimulates plant enzymes.
- Acts as an organic catalyst.
- Has no detrimental effects on quality of product.
The Lawn Fertilizer Portion
We have added a 10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer which is biologically enhanced, which simultaneously addresses soil health and plant nutrition. This humic acid based formulation contains a select consortium of highly beneficial soil microorganisms, kelp extracts and potassium humate. 10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer is a comprehensive plant growth system specifically formulated to stimulate growth, enhance seed germination and revitalize soil biology through the introduction of beneficial microbial species. This synergistic blend of ingredients stimulates a series of positive feedback mechanisms whereby the sum total of the system is greater than the individual components that comprise it. 10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer is the ideal choice for turf, ornamental, agricultural and greenhouse applications. It may be applied via traditional spray equipment, fertigation systems, aerially or through drip systems.
This wonderful product incorporates a diverse array of beneficial microorganisms into 10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer allowing them to facilitate the natural processes inherent to healthy plant growth. The establishment of beneficial populations in the rhizosphere is the key to creating the ideal soil environment for sustained plant growth. The microbial system develops a symbiotic relationship with the root system of plants, root exudates provide the microorganisms with a readily available source of life sustaining carbon and in return they protect and nourish the roots. This interplay is an integral part of microbial establishment and it allows plants to grow and develop to their full genetic potential.
The microbial species contained in 10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer will enhance nutrient absorption, improve nutrient availability, reduce the incidence of leaching, improve soil structure and provide plants with increased resistance to environmental extremes.
The humic acid portion of the 10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer system provides plants with essential organic metabolites in addition to enhancing nutrient uptake and increasing cation – exchange capacity. Humic acid also serves to promote microbial growth and proliferation further enhancing the microbial system.
10-3-6 Liquid Fertilizer contains kelp, which has been manufactured utilizing a patented "cell burst process" to ensure maximum retention of the delicate bio-stimulant compounds found in freshly harvested Ecklonia maxima. Supplemental applications of kelp increase root growth, increase fruiting and flowering, promote plant establishment and provides increased resistance to environmental extremes such as heat, drought, cold and excessive foot traffic. Kelp also drastically increases mineral uptake and facilitates the translocation of water and solutes within plant tissues.
Application & Mixing Specifics
Shake product thoroughly prior to each use. Do not pre-mix more product than you will utilize in a 48 hour period. For optimum results use a spray mixture that has a pH of 5 – 9. Utilize a sufficient volume of water to achieve desired coverage we recommend a minimum of 2 gallons and a maximum of 6 gallons per 1000 sq ft. If using a dial hose-end sprayer, set to 2 oz per gallon. Use higher application rates on sandy soil and / or when plants are exposed to environmental extremes. Application rates and timing may be adjusted based on the specific nutritional requirements of the plant. LazyMan Soil Doctor may be tank mixed with microbial inoculants, bio-stimulants, micro-nutrient packages and microbial foods. When incorporating the product into a rotation that includes insecticides, herbicides and fungicides we recommend you apply LazyMan Soil Doctor 48 hours after application of pesticide to reestablish beneficial microbial populations. Product may be applied to both soil and foliage. Spray plant thoroughly until point of runoff when applying to foliage. Best applied on a warm, semi-humid (>50%), sunny day between 65 – 85F when roots are well hydrated and leaf blades are dry. Allow Soil Doctor to dry 24 hours after application before rainfall or irrigation.
|Lawns & Other Turf||
9 - 12 oz
3 to 4 gallons
1000 sq ft
|Every 4 - 6 weeks|
|Vegetable Gardens||9 - 12 oz||1000 sq ft||Every 4 - 6 weeks|
|Flower Gardens||6 - 8 oz||1000 sq ft||Every 4 weeks or as required to maintain flowering *|
|Hydro Seeding||9 - 12 oz||1000 sq ft||
At time of seeding
Thereafter every 4 – 6 weeks
LazyMan Soil Doctor Directions
Step 1: Determine how much area you need to spray in terms of square feet. Square feet is determined by measuring length x's width. For example, if your yard is a rectangle that measures 25 feet by 40 feet, then you have 1,000 square feet to cover. You may have to measure odd shaped lawns in sections to determine the total square feet.
Step 2: Determine how you are going to spray the desired area. If you purchase a quart of our Soil Doctor, it is very easy to apply. The application rate is 9 - 12 ounces per 1,000 square feet. Simply attach a garden hose to the sprayer, move the green lever on the sprayer to the spray position and simply start spraying. The bottles are window striped on the side so you can see how much Soil Doctor you are spraying. Move quickly over the area you are spraying and cover the entire yard and then keep spraying the product until you have sprayed out 9 - 12 ounces over 1,000 square feet. Don't worry if you spray too much as you will not harm your grass. The hose end sprayer supplied is set at 2 ounces of Soil Doctor per gallon of water sprayed; therefore, if you spray 9 ounces of Doctor, you will have used approximately 4.5 gallons of water. If you spray 12 ounces, you will use approximately 6 gallons of water. It is not necessary to use this much water when applying the Soil Doctor; however, it makes it much easier to cover the desired area without using too much product. A 2 ounce per gallon ratio is ideal for any type of hose-end sprayer.
If you are covering a large area where a hose-end sprayer is not practical, then you may use any type of tank sprayer. The application rate of Soil Doctor does not change; however, you may want to use less water. We recommend approximately 2 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet. You may use more if you wish to so you have more volume to work with, but do not use over 6 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet or the Soil Doctor will be too diluted. If you are covering an entire acre you will want to use 3 to 4 gallons of Soil Doctor per acre. Since an acre is approximately 42,000 square feet, if you use 2 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet you will use about 84 gallons of water. Therefore, for a 1 acre application, you would mix 3 to 4 gallons of Soil Doctor with 84 gallons of water and spray the entire acre. If you only have a 50 gallon tank sprayer, then just cut the ratio in half. Use 1.5 - 2 gallons of Soil Doctor with 42 gallons of water and spray 1/2 acre at a time. Again, if you want to use more water so you have more volume to work with you may do so, but do not use over 6 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet.
Step 3: Repeat process every 4 - 6 weeks during the growing season for a healthy lawn. Soil Doctor will keep your soil loose, your thatch at bay, and fertilize your grass, flowers, vegetables, etc.
Storage & Handling
Store product in original container with cap tightly secured. Store in a cool area (40 – 110 F.) out of direct sunlight. Moderately irritating to eyes avoid contact. If contact occurs flush eyes with cool water for 15 minutes and consult physician if irritation persists. Do not ingest. If swallowed drink copious amounts of water and contact physician. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling product. Please refer to MSDS Sheet for more detailed information.
Usage and Safety: LazyMan Soil Doctor is safe to use and is very enviromentally friendly. It is safe to use around animals, pets, and people. However, when using any product, precautions should be taken to avoid direct skin or eye contact due to possible irritation. Click Here for MSDSWe are currently updating our fertilizer registration in each state. Currently, we are NOT authorized to sell in FL. Please do not order from any state listed or we will have to cancel your order.