Beyond Organic Matter – Unlocking the Power in Soil Microbial Life

  • Date

    January 10, 2019

  • Time

    9:30 am – 10:30 am

  • Location

    Berton Room

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre

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Bob Reeves, a journeyman in the Garden Centre and Landscape trades, has spent the last decade unravelling the mystery of how plants in undisturbed natural settings perform so much better than the same plants in an urban landscape. Why are plants in undisturbed ecosystems more drought tolerant? Why do they live longer? Why are they less likely to suffer from disease or insect attack? And where and how are they obtaining water and nutrients when the same plants in suburban landscape seem to need constant inputs and care?

In this session, Bob will demonstrate why even a non-scientist needs to know about the current findings in soil science. We will undertake a journey into a hidden world – an exploration of the dynamic communities of beneficial soil microbes that support undisturbed, naturalized landscapes. This presentation will provide a practical guide to understanding the dynamics and importance of plant/microbe interactions in soil – information that anyone who makes their living in the landscape trades cannot afford to ignore.

The session will conclude with a detailed look at how gardeners and landscape professionals can implement a more holistic approach to growing, installing, and caring for landscape plants. Plant failures are a major profit killer – no one wins when a plant struggles dies on a landscape site. Ever the practical guy, Bob will also look at this issue from a dollars and cents point of view. The audience will be asked consider where we are now, and how to move toward sustainable landscapes - and a sustainable business model for the future.

presented by | Bob Reeves, President and Founder | Root Rescue Environmental Products

Presented in Partnership with

Lawn Life Natural Turf Products


  • Bob Reeves

    Bob Reeves

    Earth Alive Clean Technologies/Root Rescue Environmental Products

    Waterdown, ON

    Bob has come to believe that the secret to plant success (and our professional success) is hiding under our feet.

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