Fulvic Acid for Plants: The Missing Ingredient in your DIY Lawn and Garden Care Program

Are you looking to take your lawn and garden care routine to the next level? If so, then it's time to consider incorporating fulvic acid into your soil health toolkit.

Fulvic Acid for Plants

Fulvic acid is a powerful natural compound that can work wonders for soil health, plant growth and overall lawn and garden vitality. In this blog post, let's explore what fulvic acid is, why it is beneficial to plants and how Southland Organics products can help deliver this missing ingredient to your lawn and garden.

Understanding Fulvic Acid and Its Importance to Plants

What is fulvic acid?

Fulvic acid is one of the three main components of humus, which is the organic matter in soil. The other components are humic acid and ulmic acid.

Fulvic acid plays a pivotal role in the health and vitality of plants. This naturally occurring compound emerges from the decomposition of organic material, making it a rich source of nutrients, minerals and organic acids. Its small molecular weight allows it to penetrate plant cell walls easily, facilitating the efficient transportation of nutrients from the soil into the plant. This efficient nutrient transfer is crucial for plant growth, development and overall health.

Think of fulvic acid as a multitool in the garden—not only directly nourishing plants but also revitalizing the soil in which they grow. This ensures a robust foundation for plant health and resilience, enabling lawns and gardens to withstand environmental stresses, fight off diseases and achieve optimal growth.

Humic Acid

Humic acids go hand in hand with fulvic acids, and are sometimes used synonymously. Humic and fulvic acids are a part of humate. To learn more about humates and humic substances in general, check out our video all about humate.

The Key Benefits of Fulvic Acid for Your Lawn and Garden

fulvic and humic acids benefits

By understanding the role of fulvic acid in plant care, gardeners and lawn enthusiasts can leverage its benefits to create thriving outdoor spaces that pose no threat to the environment.

Encourages Chelation and Nutrient Absorption

What sets fulvic acid apart in the realm of plant care is its unique ability to chelate, or bind, to minerals in the soil. This process transforms nutrients into more absorbable forms for plants, making it an invaluable asset in areas with nutrient-poor soil.

Plants treated with fulvic acid exhibit a remarkable ability to absorb a higher volume of nutrients from the soil, a factor critical to their growth and vitality. This increased nutrient efficiency can lead to visibly healthier and more robust plant life, manifesting in lush, vibrant foliage and improved overall plant health.

Improves Soil Structure and Health

Fulvic acid enhances soil structure by promoting the formation of aggregates, small clumps of soil particles that improve water infiltration, aeration and root penetration. This makes the soil environment more conducive to root growth and development. This improvement not only supports the physical stability of plants but also enhances water retention in the soil, addressing a common challenge of maintaining moisture balance, especially in times of heat stress.

In addition, it serves as a catalyst for enzyme activity, which is essential for plant metabolism, and stimulates microbial activity in the soil, further enriching it with essential nutrients.

Supports Root Growth

The application of fulvic acid is synonymous with fostering a robust root system. Enhanced root growth leads to a stronger, more resilient plant base, capable of accessing water and nutrients more efficiently, thereby supporting the plant's health and its ability to withstand environmental stressors.

Promotes Immune Response

By bolstering plant immunity, fulvic acid aids in the natural defense against pathogens and diseases. It reduces the reliance on synthetic chemical-based interventions and promotes a naturally-derived approach to garden and lawn care.

Prompts Faster Germination

Fulvic acid increases germination by stimulating root growth, chelating soil nutrients to make them accessible to the plant, combating negative fungal growth, aerating and improving compacted soil and working to unlock previous fertilizer applications. Read this case study to learn how Southland Organics' humic and fulvic acid-based soil conditioner, Genesis, increased germination rates by 155% compared to a control group.

Other Uses for Humic and Fulvic Acids

Humic substances also offer a host of benefits for a variety animals, from poultry to humans. Lately, many people have been taking fulvic acid supplementation with carbohydrate derived fulvic acid for its health benefits, such as improving the immune system.

In addition to a full lineup of soil products, at Southland Organics, we use fulvic and humic acids in poultry products to boost birds' immune systems and gut health. We use fulvic acid extracted from a deposit in coastal Georgia—learn more about our humate deposit here.

Common Challenges in Lawn and Garden Care (+ How Fulvic Acid can Help)

Navigating the world of lawn and garden care often presents a unique set of challenges that can test the patience and resolve of even the most dedicated enthusiasts. Among these, enhancing soil health emerges as a primary concern, with many finding it difficult to create an environment where plants can truly flourish without using products that threaten our family, pets and environment.

Brown Grass

The visual appearance of a lawn can signal underlying issues, with brown grass serving as a distress call from a lawn experiencing heat stress. This symptom, along with the universal desire for a greener, more vibrant outdoor space, underscores the need for effective, natural solutions that can address these concerns without resorting to harmful chemicals.

Fulvic acid steps in here to promote deeper root growth, allowing grass to more readily receive moisture in the soil and withstand warm conditions. This compound nourishes the soil without overfeeding it, preventing harmful nutrient runoff and ultimately, eutrophication.

Low Garden Yields

The aspiration for a bountiful garden yield further highlights the importance of adopting practices that not only enhance the present appearance of lawns and gardens but also ensure their long-term health and productivity. This approach calls for a departure from conventional, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which, while offering short-term benefits, can disrupt the delicate balance of soil ecosystems and detract from the overall vitality of the garden.

Soil conditioners rich in humic acid and fulvic acid can provide plants what they need to produce optimal yields. They do this by increasing soil health so that plants are enabled to uptake nutrients as well as providing the necessary nutrients, minerals, organic acids and microbiology.

Protecting the Environment

In the quest for a lush, thriving outdoor space, gardeners and lawn enthusiasts are thus faced with the dual challenge of overcoming poor soil health and inadequate water retention, while also paving the way for sustainable, long-term growth. The journey to a vibrant lawn and garden is filled with obstacles, but with the right knowledge and tools, these challenges can be transformed into opportunities for growth and renewal.

Fulvic acid provides a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizers, improving plant health through soil health and fixing nutrients to the soil so as to prevent harmful leaching.

Incorporating Fulvic Acid into Your Lawn and Garden Care Routine

Southland Organics humate products


Southland Organics offers a range of products rich in fulvic acid and tailored to promote healthy lawns and gardens. Genesis kick-starts plant growth, while Omega enhances drought and heat resilience. Revival reduces soil compaction, and FertALive boosts fertility for a thriving lawn and garden. These products provide a natural solution for lawn and garden care by providing humic and fulvic acids.


Genesis provides all the building blocks you need to establish stronger, greener plants—faster! Formulated with biologically active, organic matter, Genesis accelerates green-up and is scientifically proven to increase germination rate, soil quality, plant height and mass area.


Omega is our amplified formula of biologically active carbon and organic acids. The added proprietary blend of beneficial bacteria promotes nutrient uptake and builds plants that are resilient to disease and environmental stress.


Revival is the ultimate liquid aerator and microbial dethatcher to reduce soil compaction and provide essential nutrients. It returns grass to healthy and lush conditions at the end of the summer season for a full revival!


FertALive is a humic acid fertilizer for professional-level lawn and garden care. Based on Chilean nitrate, PSBs, KSBs and liquid carbon, our stable and organic liquid humic concentrate provides a reliable source of nutrients, enhances conventional fertility programs and helps lawns and gardens reach their full potential.

Natural Lawn Bundles

For complete season-long lawn care, we package all of the products above into convenient Natural Lawn Care Bundles. These bundles are customized to your turf zone and lawn size so that your lawn gets the nutrients it needs, when it needs them.

Taking the Next Steps: Your Path to a Healthier Lawn and Garden

Now that you know why fulvic acid is a great choice to improve the appearance and health of your lawn and garden without making environmental compromises, give it a shot! There are several humate-based lawn and garden care options out there. If you have any questions about our fulvic acid products, chat online, email success@southlandorganics.com or call 800-608-3755. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more helpful soil information!

About The Author

Izy Dobbins

Isabella (Izy) Dobbins

This was written by Isabella (Izy) Dobbins, Southland Organics' Marketing Manager. Izy has devoted her education and career to communicating science-related topics. With an enthusiasm for sharing accurate and honest content relating to science and agriculture, she ensures Southland Organics' publications are as informative as they are interesting. Izy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising, minors in both Spanish and environmental health science and a Certificate in Sustainability. She has been working at Southland Organics since 2021.

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Erin Flowers

Copywriter and Editor

This was edited by Erin Flowers. As a writer and editor, Erin keeps a close eye on the details. Erin thoroughly researches each topic, fact checking and source searching to give our readers helpful resources for raising chickens, homesteading, and growing lawns and gardens. Erin graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising. She began working with Southland Organics in 2018.

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