John & Bob's Blog

What is the shelf life?

Question: What is the shelf life of your products after they are opened, or not opened? Thanks, Dale. Answer: Dale, the products have excellent shelf life, but there is some variation from product to product. 1. OPTIMIZE will last the rest of our lives opened or unopened. 2. MAXIMIZE is equally durable and viable and will store indefinitely. 3. PENETRATE keeps a long time, but after one year, we noticed that the bacterial counts in Part B begin to decline slightly, so you get the most active product if you use it within one year, and of course, you need to keep 'A' and 'B' in separate containers. Once you mix them, there is virtually no shelf life and it should be used within 12 hours. 4. NOURISH-Biosol keeps for several years in an unopened bag (should be used within 5 years). Once you open it,...
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Will your products work in New England?

Question: I live in San Diego, but want to know if your soil optimizer will work well at my son's home in Westfield Ma. ? It is sandy loam, not far from the Westfield River. Russell Answer: Russell, Our product formulas are universal and will work equally great in all soils and climates. The goal of all our products is to maximize the health and structure of soil by infusing your soil with complex beneficial microbial life. All our products contain either microbes, food for microbes or attractants for microbes and those little guys (beneficial soil microbes) are nature's mechanism for great soil and pest & disease resistance, no matter what part of the world you garden in. John.
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What’s in your products?

Question: What’s in your products? Specifically, I know that the run-off on nitrogen and phosphate is bad for water. I really want to get my lawn looking better. I don't care about the typical beautiful lawn, because that takes too much water and I won't use products that are not environmentally friendly but, I need fertilizer. My soil is hard from lack of rain. I have sand at the sides of my house but the rest of the lawn is hard. I live in Norman, OK, if that tells you anything. Coleen Answer: Coleen, Our concept is we use nature's mechanism (beneficial soil microbes) for building soil that can create its own nutrients and can prevent or defeat every pest and disease. Its soil microbes that will grab and use natural nitrogen and phosphorous and potassium and not allow it to be leached through the soil....
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How do we apply your product?

Question: Hi - just got our stuff. Is there a chart or instructions on what to put down first, 2nd, etc -- the play book for the lifeless soil would be really helpful. Thanks, Christie. Answer: Christie, You can apply products in any order and at any interval. It's great to apply all at the same time, but if you want to wait in between applying each product, that's fine too. It is OK to mix all the granular products (OPTIMIZE, NOURISH Biosol, MAXIMIZE) together and apply all at once. If you do this, you need to apply all that you mix, it can only be stored if the products are kept separate, just as they came from us. My preference would be to apply all the dry products first and then apply the PENETRATE last. After you apply the PENETRATE don't disturb the soil for...
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Are your products are available in the east coast?

Question: Are your products are available in the east coast? Thank you and I'm looking forward for your reply. Ethan Answer: Ethan, at this time our products are not available on the east coast in retail stores. We can ship them directly to you without charging for shipping if your order is more than $79. You can order from our website at dev.johnandbobs.com or by calling us at our nursery at 559-291-4419. Thank you for your interest! John
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