Natural Lawn Fertilizers?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by JABBERS, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. JABBERS

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 459


    Can anyone recommend some natural lawn fertilizer? I have a new lawn customer who last year lost 2 dogs to poisoning. The last guy who took care of the property used all kinds of chemicals. Know I have the task of telling the customer what kinds of products we can use on their lawn. Thanks
     
  2. GreenthumbGA

    GreenthumbGA LawnSite Member
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    you are opening a can of worms in the chem part of this forum.

    I you are wanting some an answer, do a search in the forum using those key words.

    There are a number of companies that sell those types of ferilizers and specialize in the natural way. Just got to do your homework.
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yeah...you should be in the "organic lawn care" forum, that is also part of lawnsite.

    If you're a do-it-yourselfer...finding legit vegetable-based protein meals like corn meal, soybean meal, cottonseed meal, seaweed or kelp extract (in LARGER liquid containers, especially) can be a real task !!

    Companies like "Scotts" are now marketing "organic" products in the box stores like Lowes and HD...but beware of them because they are pretty much exclusively animal-based proteins (feathers, bones, blood, you-name-it ! :cry:)...and not only does it stink when it's applied, animal-based protein is not the best type(s) of BUILDING BLOCKS you want, organically, for your lawn/landscape.

    I've been using solely corn meal as fertilizer on a piece of rural property I own...and even the Ag store co-op "out in the country a piece" doesn't even stock these products consistantly !!!

    All this kinda made me wonder where the organic lawn care companies around here get their stuff...so I picked up the phone and called a few local ones that don't "compete" with me in any way, jurisdiction-wise !!
    All of them I talked to have their stuff drop-shipped in from out-of-state vendors...for the most part on bulk skids.

    I'm STILL looking for a CONSISTENT source for corn meal in the northern Cincy area!

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    You really had two dogs die recently from the direct result of pesticides ?
    Whoa...
    I've been around in this biz since 1985 and I've never seen indisputable proof of pesticides killing a dog or a cat !!

    Now....Geese and ducks ? You betcha!
    Those critters have been known to eat-up fertilizer prills just like they're "duck food"!
    And if, of course, some company (stupidly) applies something like granular Sevin or Talstar in an area frequented by waterfowl...that's a mistake just waiting to happen....and it HAS !!!

    But I've never heard of anything such as DIRECT evidence from any veterinarian's autopsy, anywhere, at any time, implicating any specific pesticide's A.I. to the death of any dog or cat...nor have I ever heard of any other lawn company having such an issue.
     
  4. LIBERTYLANDSCAPING

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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  5. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. JABBERS

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 459

    This is the first customer I ever had since I've started in the business who has been insistent on an all natural and organic fertilizer. I'm glad you told me about the other forum I guess I didn't look hard enough. I appreciate it.
     
  7. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used to use NatureSafe natural based Fertilizers on many of my lawns during the summer months and I loved it. I applied it at a rate of 10 lbs/1,000 sq. ft and those lawns always looked better during the hot, stressful, summer months than my lawns where I used conventional Fertilizers.
     
  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    More slaughtered animal blood, guts :cry:, poop, skin, hooves, you name it ......!!
    .....not much here that would serve to build upon on any long-term soil-[SIZE="5"]building [/SIZE]organic turf program.


    What product / analysis did you use ?
    It's a wonder you didn't burn the bejesus out of them with all the blood meal (in certain turf products in that line), especially in MID SUMMER applications

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    (....hmmm didn't I see "Nature Safe" at Deere / Lesco a few weeks ago ?!?
    Since he works there and all...Could Cobra's positive comment actually be a little disguised Nature Safe "infomercial" ?!?)

    :rolleyes::hammerhead::nono:
     
  9. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nature Safe 10-2-8. Click the link to find your information.

    http://www.naturesafe.com/content/products/organic.html

    It doesn't matter to me what it was made out of. It simply WORKS. If something works and works well, why use something else? I NEVER burned a lawn with this product.

    I worked for the largest independently owned Lawncare company on Cape Cod and this was the product of choice for customers who wanted Organic applications during the hot summer months. It was chosen by our in house Agronomist who's had more than 25 years invested into the "Green" Industry. He is well respected within the Massachusetts/New England area and speaks regularly at many Industry Trade Shows in our state.
     
  10. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,495

    So what you are also saying is that I should stop eating hot dogs--
     

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