Rule 1: Some plants prefer soils dominated by fungi; others prefer soils dominated by bacteria.
Rule 2: Vegetables, annuals and grasses prefer their nitrogen in nitrate form and do best in bacterially dominated soils.
Rule 3: Perennials, shrubs, and trees prefer their nitrogen in ammonium form and do best in fungal dominated soils.
Rule 4: Compost can be used to inoculate beneficial microbes and life into soils around your yard and introduce, maintain or alter the soil food web in a particular area
Rule 5: Adding compost to the surface of the soil will inoculate the soil with the same soil food web in the compost.
Rule 6: Brown organic materials support fungi while green supports bacteria.
Rule 7: fresh, green mulches tend to support bacterial populations; aged, brown mulches support fungal growth.
Rule 8: Mulch laid on the surface tends to support fungi while mulch worked into the soil tends to support bacteria.
Rule 9: If you wet and grind mulch thoroughly, it speeds up bacterial colonization.
Rule 10: Coarse, dryer mulches support fungal activity
Rule 11: Sugars help the bacteria multiply and grow while kelp, humic and fulvic acids and phosphate rock dusts help fungi grow.
Rule 12: Depending on the compost and the nutrients added, you can make teas that are fungal dominated, bacterially dominated or an even ratio of both
Rule 13: Compost teas are very sensitive to chlorine and preservatives in the brewing water and ingredients.
Rule 14: Applications of synthetic fertilizers kill off most or all of the soil food web microbes.
Rule 15: Stay away from additives that have high NPK numbers
Rule 16: Immediately follow any chemical spraying or soil drenching with an application of compost tea
Rule 17: the roots of conifers as well as hardwood trees including birch, oak, beech, and hickory form mycorrhizae with Ectomycorrhizal fungi
Rule 18: Shrubs and softwood trees form mycorrhizae with Endomycorrhizal fungi.
Rule 19: Rototilling and excessive soil turning destroys or severely damages the soil food web.
Rule 20: Always mix endomycorrhizal fungi with the seeds of annuals and vegetables at planting time or apply them to roots at transplanting time.