alfalfa pellets

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Lech615, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. Lech615

    Lech615 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    I am having a difficlut time locating corn meal near me, and know that alfalfa pellets were discussed has another good natural fert. Anyone know where I can by it in bulk, or any other type of meal that would be effective as a fertilizer. Thanks
  2. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Find a horse owner, stable, or sheriff's posse and ask them where the nearest feed store is. I realize you're in Long Island but you're not in Manhattan. If that doesn't work, write back.
  3. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    2 problems brought up in a related post are:

    1. fertilizer laws, it has to be called lawn fert and have the applicable label. i live in canada where we dont have such laws

    2. other stuff in the feed. someone posted that alfalfa sold as rabbit food and horse food is not pure alfalfa, may have stuff not good for turf, also the alfalfa may be full of agricultural pesticides which makes it less good for lawns then an organic veg. based fert sold as such
  4. bluemoon

    bluemoon LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 114

    Try this site for dealers
    I have used the alfalfa, seemed to do well.
    This site should direct you to a dealer.
  5. dylan

    dylan Member
    Messages: 276

    I buy mine at the local farming co-op or feed store.
  6. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    dylan do u apply this product as part of your business. is the alfalfa sold as rabbit or horse food, what are the other ingredients, what is you experience with applying food grade alfalfa professionally?
  7. dylan

    dylan Member
    Messages: 276

    I learned about alfalfa pellets in school as an alternative source of organic matter to peat moss. Alfalfa is renewable and contains lots of om. Give me a few days and I'll dig up the notes on it.
    I was using it in my personal perennial garden to add om to a sandy soil.
    I bought it last year and I think it was advertised for horses but I could be mistaken. As for the label, I will try and dig out an old bag and have a look.
  8. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Alfalfa comes with all kinds of additives to rev it up for the particular animals. I can find it just plain with no additives, but I'm not sure the additives would run me off.

    One thing you'll never know about it is what herbicides and insecticides it had sprayed on it. That's a fact of life in organic gardening. The only herbicides that scare me from an organic point of view are picloram and clopyralid. They scare me because of their persistence. They persist long enough and at strong enough levels to kill broadleafs and trees for 2 years. Since alfalfa is a broadleaf plant, it has no picloram or clopyralid.

    Lots of corn is genetically modified. I'm afraid we'll have to learn to live with it.
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,057

    I found some 1/4 inch pellets by calling around [I have not seen them yet]. Is that small enough to apply with a broadcast spreader?
  10. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    I decided to experiment with some organic products in my garden this year and bought some alfalfa pellets at the feed store. 1/4 inch like you say and my broadcast spreader didn't like them at all.

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