100% Hardwood. Locoal's high purity and organic biochar is USDA and IBI certified.
Biochar is the carbon rich product of burning biomass sources such as wood chips, plant residues, manure or other agricultural waste in the absence or reduction of oxygen. This process is called pyrolysis or gasification.
WHY USE BIOCHAR
Locoal Biochar added to soil acts as an enhancer with results dating back at least 2,000 years to the Amazon basin where indigenous people used biochar to create regions of fertile soil called “Terra Preta.” The high porosity of biochar increases the holding capacity for nutrient and agrochemical retention. Biochar has a negative charge that binds to nutrients such as calcium, potassium and magnesium through the process of absorption. Locoal Biochar also acts as a habitat for beneficial soil bacteria that increase plant nutrient uptake and moisture capacity.
Locoal Biochar provides retention of nutrients and agrochemicals than plain soil and prevents these chemicals from running off into our groundwater causing pollution. Additionally, biochar’s high porosity acts like a sponge to promote moisture retention while at the same time facilitating excess runoff. To reduce the possibility of under and overwatering, Locoal biochar enhances the ability of the soil to manage moisture.
Plants need oxygen available to their roots to convert sugar into energy. The high porosity of biochar supports proper aeration of the soil and allows roots to get the oxygen they need. Locoal biochar has a negative charge that increases cation exchange capacity, so the nutrients are stored and made readily available for root absorption.
Instead of simply setting fire to biomass and emitting carbon into the air, the process of pyrolysis retains carbon in the physical form of biochar. Once the biochar is sequestered back into the ground as a soil enhancer, the process becomes “carbon negative.” Furthermore, the co-products of this gasification process are then converted into clean, renewable energy.
Not all biochar is created equal, in that it may come from many different feedstock sources. We only use 100% hardwood, heated at optimum conditions, producing premium quality biochar. To boot, Locoal’s 100% hardwood feedstock is sourced from upcycled wood waste, such as broken pallets, that might otherwise find its way into your local landfill, emitting methane gases into the ground or burned, emitting carbon into the air.
We’re not going to sugar coat things here(super unhealthy anyway) and tell you incorporating biochar into your soil is easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy. Doing things the right way usually is not. Did your mama go into the kitchen and come out 5 minutes later with your favorite meal? Most likely, she did not. The same holds true here. If you want things done correctly, you’re going to have to get your hands a little dirty, pun intended. The good news is, Locoal is here to help you every step of the way. Use this series of FAQ to guide your path to soil regeneration.
The general consensus within the biochar community is that, about a 10% biochar to the top 6 inches of soil mixture is needed. However, for optimum results, biochar should be mixed as far down as your plants roots will reach, know as the root zone.
To charge your biochar, brew up a 50/50 biochar to compost mixture and let it sit for about 2 weeks. Remember, the warmer the compost, the better. However, too warm and it’ll dry out, requiring you to add water to keep it moist. So, place your compost bin accordingly. Without pre-charging your biochar, it will take much longer for it to build up any kind of microbial life. As a matter of fact, it could even have a negative effect on your plants until a balance is achieved.
Once you’ve achieved biocharging, work the biochar/compost mixture into the top layer of soil that would make up the root zone of your plants. This would most likely be about 4 to 6 inches deep but depends on what you are planting.
Don’t hesitate to call, email or message us using the contact section on the home page! We love helping educate everyone on the usage of biochar, whether you’re a customer or not. The more biochar is used on our planet, the healthier it’ll be for everyone!
Locoal® Organic Biochar is 100% responsibly sourced hardwood and IBI certified!