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By Design


roductive soils are teeming

with beneficial bacteria,

microorganisms, fungi, and

living organisms like earthworms.

These complex components are

all vital to maintaining a healthy,

sustainable soil.

To support living organisms in soils,

there must be a balance of air and

water pores so these organisms can

drink and breathe, but there also must

be food, supplied from decomposed

organic compounds, that organisms

can feed on. Thriving organisms in

productive soil are responsible for

turning new organic compounds back

into decomposed organics that plants

and microorganisms can eat.

On construction sites, there is rarely

living, productive soil available for

re-use on the site. Soils that have been

disturbed, moved, and stockpiled

quickly become ‘depleted’, void of

organic matter and living organisms

that are vital to sustaining plant life

and maintaining the cycle of organic

decomposition. There are very few

options for architects, builders, and

developers when it comes to selection

of soil on these sites.

Designers are often left to work

with local sands, rocky terrain,

and disturbed depleted soils on a

regular basis, and are expected to

grow championship-quality grasses,

regardless of the site conditions.

Typical practices of adding fertilizers

and biostimulants on depleted soils

prior to planting vegetation are a good

start to help plants grow and thrive,

but a critical missing component is the

organic and biological living organisms.

Profile Products has been an

environmental solutions provider and

a leader in the golf industry for years,

manufacturing products ranging from

Profile Porous Ceramics to improve

root zone mixes on greens and tees,

to fiber mulches for erosion control

and vegetative establishment. The

importance of soil modification led

Profile to develop a growing line of

Prescriptive Agronomic Formulations,

a selection of products that can be

added to a site to modify pH, jump

start new vegetative growth, or provide

critical biological nutrients to the soil.

Recognizing this deficiency of ‘living’

organisms in depleted soils, Profile

Products recently introduced its

newest innovation: ProGanics™ Biotic

Soil Media. ProGanics is best described

as a sprayable, soilless, horticulture

growing media. The product is applied

through a hydroseeding machine and

can be mixed with fertilizers and seed.

ProGanics is comprised of renewable,

thermally refined bark/wood fibers,

seaweed extract, humic acid, biochar,

and beneficial endomycorrhizae: all

critical components of productive

living soils.

“We are excited to introduce a

breakthrough technology that is not

only an environmentally-friendly

product, but will regenerate depleted

soils without using a product like

peat, which is harvested from fragile

wetlands and is becoming difficult to

obtain,” said Joe Betulius, vice president

of marketing for Profile Products.

Soils on a construction site are

difficult to improve, but ProGanics

accelerates the development of

depleted soils that have low organic

matter, low nutrient levels, and

limited biological activity—bringing

these soils back to life. Builders and

contractors often find themselves

on sites where topsoil is simply not

available, especially if a job site is

remote and spreading topsoil becomes

an expensive proposition. While

ProGanics is not a direct replacement

for quality topsoil, it is a worthwhile

consideration on these more

challenging sites, on which ProGanics

can provide a growing medium that

will help plants grow and survive.



Joe Betulius

Uncover the secret to

battling depleted soils


Innovative new products can help golf course architects

and superintendents bring depleted soils back to life