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Question about organic fertilizer

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by XH2Oskier, Apr 26, 2003.

  1. XH2Oskier

    XH2Oskier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Last year I hired an independant landscaper to fertilize my lawn. I was concerned about the long-term effects of the chemical fertilizers used by the nationwide companies and asked specifically that he use only organic fertilizers on our lawn. When our lawn was fertilized this spring, the fertilizer appeared to be small, white dots, versus the pungent brown dots used last year, which I was told was turkey poop. I asked the workers if they were using organic fertilizer, but they didn't understand a word I said. I asked the owner and he said they were using organic fertilizer, but he was never at our house, so I'm not sure if he really knows.

    Can you tell what kind of fertilizer is being used by it's appearance? Thanks!

  2. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    Though I have never seen an organic fertilizer that was all white, I have used some that was pelletized in a way that looked exactly like regular fertilizer, so I think it is possible. You have a right to know what is being used on your yard, I'm sure if you asked a little more they could tell you exactly what it was. If they wont or cant, I wouldnt use them again.

  3. XH2Oskier

    XH2Oskier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Thanks Bryan. I will probably go out there and ask to see the bag. I would be pretty upset if it turned out to be non-organic.
  4. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Most ground seed based organic fertilizers are pretty light colored. When you add corn meal you start turning yellowish. If you add compost to it, it darkens up considerably.

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