View Full Version : salt a soil sterilant?

way to grow
06-18-2004, 03:28 PM
I've been doing a lot of studying lately. When urea is used as a source of nitrogen aren't we just slowly killing the soil? Does the salt kill the bacteria/microbes in the soil? When I'm selling customers on my organic prgram I tell them it does. I use the example of spilling ice melt on your lawn and how it kills it. Is this information correct? Thanks for your input.

06-19-2004, 09:08 AM
fertilizers all have a salt index! Some are higher than others, so you have to be carefull at the rate you apply fertilizers, for each application, and the total per year. I've seen the salt index on milorganite, extremely low, but so is uf, which is a sythetic fertilizer!

way to grow
06-21-2004, 05:36 PM
timturf, what is uf? Thanks.

06-22-2004, 08:18 AM
nitrogen source -- urea formaldahde (sp)

way to grow
06-23-2004, 01:42 AM
How much salt can a lawn tolerate per year?

06-23-2004, 07:37 AM
good question, don't think I every saw anything research on it!

I would imagin ( sp )the turf will tolerate my salt the the soil organism will!

Garden Panzer
06-24-2004, 01:04 AM
it's gotta depend on rainfall...How much salt can a lawn tolerate per year?