FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade safe for Human Consumption?

– We cannot promote it as such due the fact that Diatomaceous Earth is not recognized by the FDA. It is non toxic, there are no chemicals added, and is OMRI certified through our supplier.

  • What is the difference between Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade and Soil Mender Crawling Insect Killer?

-Nothing, as long as it is a Soil Mender branded item! They are one and the same – 100% Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade

  • Can I use Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade indoors?

-Yes, you can. Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade is a fine powder, however, so a mask is recommended to be worn, indoors or out, to avoid any breathing agitations.  There are no added chemicals and is non toxic, so it is safe to use in inhabited areas.

  • How do I apply Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade?

-Soil Mender does offer the product in a “duster” or “shaker”. There are also “spritzers” offered in a variety of brands that can be found at many garden centers, feed/farm stores, etc. You can also apply wet by adding one cup of Soil Mender Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade per gallon of water, keeping it agitated while spraying. A light dusting or watering is all that is necessary – no need for mounds of white!

  • What if my animal(s) get into a bag of Soil Mender products, will it harm them?

-Introducing something new into an animal’s diet can be a little tough on the animal’s stomach. However, Soil Mender, Back to Earth, and Yum Yum Mix products have no added chemicals or toxic ingredients. While your furry loved one may have a tummy ache, there should be no other side effects! (please contact Soil Mender Products if an MSDS is needed)

  • Spreader settings for granulated fertilizers:

Spreader Make/Model                                       Settings

Earthway/Ferti-Lime Broadcast……………………….15

Earthway Drop 7300B………………………………….10

Precision Broadcast/Red Devil………………………..13

Precision Drop FH-22D…………………………………10.5

Republic Drop…………………………………………….8

Republic/Scotts Broadcast………………………………10

Scotts Broadcast/Speedy Green………………………10

  • Easy Application Recommendations:

Yum Yum Mix Plant Food: Apply to any planting, whether it be in a container or in the ground, with a handful at planting to a “heavy pepper” over established plants and water in well.

Soil Mender Stimulate, Humate, Dry Molasses, or Turf-Mate 4-2-3: (lawns) refer to spreader settings and water in after application.

Mulches: apply a 3-4 inch layer over soil, keeping an inch away from stems or trunks to avoid “stem rot”.

  • Do Soil Mender/Back to Earth composts meet DOT standards?

-Yes, Soil Mender and Back to Earth composts are tested through the STA program (Seal of Testing Assuracne) and meet DOT and run-off standards. We are also members of the US Composting Council.

  •  Are Back to Earth and Soil Mender composts certified organic?

– With cotton burr being a by-product of agriculture, BTE and SM Composted Cotton Burrs are not certified organic. However, they are approved for use in organic farming by the United States Composting Council. In order to certify organic products, you must ensure they come from a completely organic source. While there are a few organic cotton farms in the area, there are not enough to supply the quantity Back to Earth and Soil Mender need to meet demand.