Landscape conditions are not ideal, which is why it is so important to aid plant survival through inoculation.
Mycorrhizae are a critical component of plant health.
Plant production, rooting, flowering, water absorption and yields can all improve with inoculation.
Standard nursery and greenhouse practices do not accurately mimic many of the natural systems that have influenced the evolution of plants. Nursery and greenhouse production manufactures plants according to specifications required for effective marketing and has largely ignored plant and soil systems beyond those necessary to maintain the physical appearance expected by customers. Thus the nursery industry produces plants that are not naturally complete.
When plants do not have mycorrhizal associations typically found in nature, they are relatively fragile and can quickly die if not maintained intensively. Once purchased and installed, such plants are an immediate target for herbivores because they lack the natural immune systems and defense mechanisms supported by healthy mycorrhizal associations.
Mycorrhizal inoculation can significantly support transplanted trees, shrubs and flowerbed success, especially under adverse conditions. However, a stable and highly diverse community of fungal symbionts can only be supported by healthy soils.
Additional benefits for soil and plants can be realized by augmenting populations of beneficial soil bacteria through the addition of natural bioactivity stimulators. Without healthy microbial communities in the soil plants lose the opportunity of better utilizing the natural minerals that make up the soil.