Again with the urea

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by nc-jrock, May 11, 2009.

  1. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 133

    Ok what exactly is urea made of?
  2. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,538

    Urea is a synthetic form of nitrogen. It is not a natural product. Not sure what the exact chemical make up is.
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    Urea is made up of...

    2 Nitrogen atoms
    4 Hydrogen atoms
    1 Carbon atom
    1 Oxygen atom
    That are all stuck together

    AKA... (NH2)2CO

    It can be manufactured synthetically or biologically. The stuff you buy is synthetic.. the stuff you pee is biological.

    After being manufactured, you really can't tell the difference.. a molecule is a molecule... usually.
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  4. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 133

    Thanks JD, the rep at lesco told me it was basically hoarse urine.
  5. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Hey JD a couple interesting things from wiki

    Urea is used as a nitrogen-release fertilizer, as it hydrolyses back to ammonia and carbon dioxide, but its most common impurity, biuret, must be present at less than 2%, as it impairs plant growth. It is also used in many multi-component solid fertilizer formulations. Its action of nitrogen release is due to the conditions favouring the reagent side of the equilibria, which produce urea. If the group of bacteria which "burn" or oxidize urea are not present in the soil then most of the acting ingredient (nitrogen) will not be absorbed by the plants.

    An additive ingredient in cigarettes, designed to enhance flavour

    A browning agent in factory-produced pretzels

    An ingredient in many tooth whitening products

    Urea is commercially produced from two raw materials, ammonia, and carbon dioxide. Large quantities of carbon dioxide are produced during the manufacture of ammonia from coal or from hydrocarbons such as natural gas and petroleum-derived raw materials. This allows direct synthesis of urea from these raw materials.
  6. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 133

    I heard an add today on the radio for a woman's wrinkle cream that had urea in it.
  7. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    now this i have to see, how would you start to collect the urine????
  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    OK, which one? Myrea, or urea? :)
  9. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,234

    Thats how compost tea was invented. The old farmers used to squeeze the horse/cow urine out from the poo pies then water with it!

    No joke I saw my grandpa do it with my own two eyes when I was a kid.
  10. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 133

    That's what I said.

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