Having bought and sold several homes in my lifetime, I have enjoyed a variety of residential styles. As a former Californian, living in homes built on concrete slab foundations was, I thought, common in most places. If you’ve not experienced the rollings or joltings that accompany an earthquake, it’s hard to appreciate how a good concrete slab foundation seemingly floats through the shockwaves.
But, when we moved to the Midwest and bought a home with a basement foundation, I had an “aha” moment. It seemed that the home tripled in size and the large space downstairs was begging for recreational additions, i.e. a big screen home theater, a workout room, a workshop, etc.
Fortunately for us, we didn’t have any problems with basement flooding, as did some of our neighbors living down the street in some low spots. Of course, when the snow came and the winters set in, it became apparent that all that additional living area was indeed the solution for having to stay indoors for long periods of time.
Now living in North Carolina, our home construction includes a perimeter foundation with a crawl space. I don’t think these homes would fare well in an earthquake. On the other hand, easy access to various utility lines underneath the house has made it easy for service contractors to get their work done in some of our ongoing home improvement projects.
I bring up the point of our experience with different home foundations because they all serve a purpose for what they were designed to do in their unique location. First and foremost, a well designed and constructed foundation is everything to a home. Everything that builds on top of it depends on its integrity.
Horticulture professionals can appreciate this thinking when it comes to starting with the foundation of a well-designed media for their ornamental crops. Much growing experience and careful thought goes into the creation of a media that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the crops it is intended to support. But, let’s face it, where desired plants root and grow is also a favorable environment for other friendly and unfriendly inhabitants to come along.
BASF offers some of the most innovative solutions to help you solve the problem of undesirables that negatively affect the growth and health of your plants. Empress® Intrinsic® brand fungicide is the drench solution that controls the most common pernicious root-infecting pathogens that can significantly damage or wipe out your young plants and larger transplants. Along with that protection, the proven plant health benefits of stronger, more branched rooting and consistent, uniform top growth means the media foundation you created is working properly to produce the highest-quality plants.
When it comes to tiny nuisance flying pests, Nemasys® beneficial nematodes and Millenium® beneficial nematodes are your biological sentinels of protection against the soil larvae of fungus gnat as well as shore fly larvae found in those wet under-bench and drain areas of your greenhouses.
BASF is again proud to sponsor the Greenhouse Grower special series on plant health. We believe you will find this focus on the foundations of your crops — media and root systems — to be a valued edition of this popular industry series.
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Joe Lara is a Senior Product Manager at BASF. Learn more about Intrinsic brand fungicides at www.IntrinsicPlantHealth.com and other BASF Professional Turf and Ornamental Innovations at www.betterplants.basf.us.
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