Originally Posted by lep
While I don't remember the year of botany courses I had in college, would not carbohydrates be equally important as proteins? The growth rate of our turf has really slowed now during the 50 degree nights, and my guess is that the cooler temp shuts down some of the metabolic pathways for photosynthesis and matabolism (processing nutrients -- i.e. food). Obviously, you could waste application products if the turf is not processing what you laid down due to dormancy(?)
Carbs are most of what's in compost besides living microbes, as well as the balance of the material in meals after you subtract out protein.
Yes, you hit the nail right on the head, lep.
As long as the chain of microbial metabolism in the soil can keep on a churnin', all of the above will keep on a burnin'.
Fertilizer just grows grass.
Compost &/or meals build the quality of soil that supports the grass.