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Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by jsfrk, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. jsfrk

    jsfrk LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 126

    Does anyone use Natural/Organic fertilizers?

    All other fertilziers seem to be harmful to our health, not to mention the enviromental. Read this larticle if you think I am crazy.

  2. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I uase natural/organic fertilizers. However I use them for the quality of turf they produce as much as the environmental benefits.

    Right now I ma using nature safe products
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  3. Neal Wolbert

    Neal Wolbert LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Interesting how some of those "scare you into submission" articles can do just that sometimes. It seems to ask a question that doesn't have an answer, i.e. "...just how much ----- is leaching into the water table?, puts the one posing the question in a superior postion without proving anything. I suggest you look for balance in information such as you will find on www.pestfacts.org for factual, non-emotional, reliable, "non-scary" information. Neal
  4. problem with MOST sythetic fertilizers is the high salt index and the chlorine level! These two things can kill soil micro organism, while an organic will feed them. Why not use the best of both!
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  5. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 693

    timturf, you're the man! OK, Hamon, you are too. I've used organic-based fertilizers for the past 3 seasons. Makes me feel like the great environmentalist (that I can assure you I am), but more importantly, my lawns look great! No fungicides needed. Sometimes I get a little rust when Mama Nature doesn't accomodate me with a little rain. As a matter of fact, I haven't watered my lawn in 2004. Although if we don't get some rain soon, I'll have to do it, just to get the aerator to pull plugs. Greenest lawn on the block - no water - organic based fertilizers only.....

    I use organic-based blends for the most part, containing SOP (not that high-salt & high-chlorine MOP) and small percentages of other N sources. NutrientsPLUS fertilizers for the last 1-1/2 years. My customers and I couldn't be more pleased.....
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  6. HazyDavy

    HazyDavy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I generally use Alfalfa pellets or Espoma Organic Lawn fertilizer. Except in the spring when I use CGM for it's pre-emergent value.
  7. NCL

    NCL LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 132

    TimTurf what type of fert. would you recomend to replace a synthentic fert???
  8. Most of my fertilizer are a combination of an organic and sythetic fertilizer, and I don't use the chemist definition of an organic!
  9. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    ureaformaldehyde has a low burn potential with a salt index of .3 -- which is even lower than miilorganite at .7.

    These are compared to Urea 1.6 and ammonium nitrate 3.2
  10. what is the salt index of sop and mop?

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