Molasses provides food for microorganisms and is a source of carbon, sulfur, and potash. It is a good, quick source of energy for the soil life and microbes in a compost pile, and will chase fire ants away. It is a carbon source and feeds beneficial microbes creating greater nature fertility. By itself, on the lawn, it's great but I love the other things that are added to the Tx Tee to really give my lawn a jump start. You can use molasses by itself in other applications such as a veg or flower bed, or as a foliar feed.
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There is a big difference in the two products. Texas Tee has protein in it. Molasses has none. Protein is ultimately what provides nitrogen to the plants. The nitrogen molecules in protein are decomposed by soil microbes and those microbes are decomposed by other microbes until eventually some of the species are decomposed into plant food with nitrogen in it. Molasses plays a role in providing energy to the microbes, just like it plays a role in providing energy to mammals. The soil microbes can use both protein and energy. Usually the energy is provided by the grass itself (photosynthesis and sugar out through the roots).
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