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Biochar is applicable to all soils, no matter the geography, environment, soil or plant type.
GCS’ consistent, high-quality, hardwood biochar can help improve the performance and yield of your crops and enhancing key soil characteristics by:
⦁ Increasing nutrient retention
⦁ Increasing water-holding capacity
⦁ Improving soil structure
⦁ Enhancing microbial activity
In comprehensive trials, GCS biochar has been shown to improve soil quality, enhance root structure, increase leaf nutrient levels, and increase crop yield. It has applicability to row crops, orchards, greenhouse plantings and more. In addition, the biochar works as a delivery system for enhanced nutrients and microbes as well as permanently and directly increasing the soil carbon content.


Forestry

Biochar is applicable to all soils, no matter the geography, environment, soil or plant type.
Given the importance of tree growth, health and resilience to forest productivity and the profitability of forest operations, anything that can be done to improve these metrics is essential to forestry owners and managers. Biochar has a unique role to play in improving these metrics.
In recent years forest operators and tree growers have used biochar in plantation trials, orchard operations and in urban and suburban locations. The City of Stockholm has been pursuing a multi-year strategy to improve its city trees—with significant positive results—by using biochar to improve soil quality (Planting Urban Trees with Biochar – The Stockholm Project). Results have shown:
⦁ Increased soil porosity
⦁ Enhanced root growth
⦁ Increased tree vigor and growth rates
Similar studies have been performed using biochar in orchards with significantly improved tree growth and productivity rates. An Australian biochar trial with an avocado planting showed trees treated with biochar significantly outperformed in growth and fruit production compared to non-biochar treated trees…and trees continue to outperform five years into the trial.
GCS has performed trials using biochar in planting of short rotation woody crops resulting in significant improved performance, including:
⦁ Improved tree growth
⦁ Increased leaf nutrients
⦁ Increased nutrient availability
⦁ Improved soil physical and chemical properties
Evidence and experience show the multiple benefits of using biochar in forest, orchard and tree plantings.


Horticulture

Biochar is applicable to all soils, no matter the geography, environment, soil or plant type. 

Market leading horticulturalists use biochar to enhance and optimize soil characteristics and enhance the plant’s root systems, health and structure as well as to maximize the beauty of the planting. Horticulturists vary in their approaches and different nutrient treatments may benefit from using different mixes of biochar.  A rule of thumb is to apply biochar at a rate of 10%-15% to soil by volume.

For using GCS high-quality biochar in horticultural applications contact us for more information.


Landscaping

Whether its trees, shrubs, flowering plants or turf, our premium, high-carbon biochar helps nurseries, landscape professionals and gardeners improve their soil vitality, speed up root development and accelerate plant establishment resulting in increased quality, beauty and resilience of their plants and projects. 
Landscapers can have both an immediate and long-term impact on the success of their projects using GCS biochar to:

 Improve soil structure
 Increase the soil’s water-holding capacity
 Increasing the nutrient retention and availability to support plant growth
 Improve the environment and habitat for microbial activity leading to an enhanced, healthier and more diverse microbiome which drives improved root structure and plant development

Using biochar ultimately leads to happier customers with less repeat work and fewer warranty claims.


Hydroponics

Research shows that bio-char used as a soilless substrate can have considerable advantages for greenhouse growers.  As the use of soilless, hydroponic growing methods become increasingly prevalent, researchers are looking for new materials that can help growers save money, produce healthy plants, and contribute to sustainable growing and operating practices. The results of bio-char studies also support the concept of creating a closed loop system whereby biochar produced from crop waste is used as a substrate for soilless, hydroponic food production.