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What is sapropel?

Sapropel is the organogenic sediment of lakes. It consists of the remains of aquatic plants and
animals with an admixture of mineral particles (sand, clay, calcium carbonate and other
compounds).
It is a brownish, black, grey, greenish or yellowish jelly-like mass of colloidal structure, which is found
in most Baltic lakes and more than one third of marshes. The parameters that characterise sapropel
are ash-like properties, moisture, biological composition, as well as the calcium and iron content.
The ash-like properties depend on the amount of mineral particle admixtures, which may be subject
to a wide range of fluctuation from 5 to 85%. The natural moisture level of sapropel fluctuates
from 70% to 98%. The biological composition is characteristic of the organisms from which sapropel
has accrued. Due to the difficulty of access distant forests, deposit sites covered with several
metres of water, the sapropel-rich mud has remained unresearched for a long time.
Sapropel is available in the Baltic region of Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, and Lithunia where the climactic,
soil, and pressure conditions are ideal for this sediment to be formed.

What are the unique properties of sapropel?


Sapropel was already used in the conditioning of garden soil in the previous century. In fact, it is a
ready-made fertilizer. It only needs to be dehydrated (60%) in order to ensure more convenient use
as a fertilizer.
Before the introduction of sapropel into the soil, the type of sapropel and characteristics of the soil
itself must be taken into consideration.
The use of sapropel fertilizer is recommended for all types of plants, as well as in greening and
improvement works (lawns, plantations). Sapropel fertilizer is an indispensable product for radical
soil conditioning, its recultivation and rehabilitation.

How is sapropel useful for agriculture / horticulture?

Sapropel reduces acidity and improves moisture absorption of the arable layer of soil. It is a
radioprotective agent, i.e. it facilitates the fixation of strontium and other heavy metals in an
inactive form, rendering them inaccessible to the plants.
The use of sapropel provides a twofold supply of nitrogen and phosphorus to the soil
compared to what can be ensured by ordinary mineral fertilizers.
Sapropel restores fertility and improves soil structure
Ensures faster growth, development and ripening of agriculturally cultivated crops
Increases the amount of nutritive substances in the products and improves their taste
Raises productivity of all crops
Increases soil moisture content up to 5 times
The perfect solution for depleted and eroded soils, damaged soils and extreme climate
conditions

How is sapropel different from other available options ?

In comparison with peat, sapropel contains more nitrogen, hydrogen, and sulphur. Its
organic content consists of humic acids (15% 34%), carbohydrates (20 32%), bitumens
(7.5 14%), and non-hydrolysed residues (9 22%).
Several of the organic components of sapropel have high biological activity levels.
Apart from the organic substances, sapropel contains mineral substances sand, clay,
calcium and other admixtures. A high moisture content (95 97%), low degree of
mineralisation (~1g/l) and varying concentration of organic substances are characteristic
features of sapropel.
Many micro-elements have been detected in it (Cu, Mn, Co, Ni, Ml, Zn, Ti, As etc.).

Sapropel fertilizers do not need an adaptation and activation period, the fertilizer becomes
active immediately after mixing it with the soil.

In comparison with compost, sapropel contains considerably fewer weeds, and does not
contain disease-causing bacteria or flora.

in comparison with chemical fertilizers, ecologically clean sapropel fertilizers do not have a
toxic effect on people and animals;

Sapropel fertilizers have a lasting effective period of 3 5 years. If introduced into the soil in
large quantities of 15 20 kg per square metre, the effect of the fertilizer is observed for up
to 14 years.

Upon introduction, it improves the mechanical structure of the soil, increases its humus
content for 2 3 years, activates natural processes in the soil, increases moisture content up
to 5 times, and increases crop yield by up to 50%.

How is sapropel converted into Dr Earth?


Dr Earth is developed by extracting sapropel from the lakes of Russia, without it coming into contact
with air and the surrounding environment, and further enriching the natural sediment with
additional nutrients, vitamins and minerals using patented technology developed by Natural
Resources LLC.
The technology used for this extraction is environmentally friendly, and after cleaning the lake the
ecological balance is renewed and the lake can be used for fishing, recreation or any other purposes.

Can Dr Earth be used in all climate zones and for all types of soil?
DR.EARTH fertilizers and soil conditioners are suitable for all climate zones and soil types. Especially
effective advantages are observed in cases of severe climate conditions or dry soils that are unfit for
cultivation purposes.

What is the shelf life of Dr Earth?


Due to long lasting properties of sapropel, Dr Earth can be used upto 5 years from its manufacturing
date.

How much improvement can we expect from Dr Earth?


The total amount of improvement in crop yield is very subjective and is dependent on several factors
which may include the following:

Time of application of Dr Earth


Number of applications of Dr Earth (minimum 2 applications needed to see result)
Current nature of soil and existing practice of over-using NPK fertilizers
Climactic conditions

Please find below a chart of the approximate increase in productivity we have observed in various
crops by application of Dr Earth.

Corn
Tomatoes
Linen
Cotton
Barley
Aubergine
Sugar beet
Sugar cane
Red beet
Cabbage
Carrot
Potatoes
Pepper
Oats
0

10

20

30

40

50

Growth of the harvest,%

60

70

80