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Introduction to Fertilizer
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:37:14 AM »
Certified organic fertilizers offer several advantages over synthetic fertilizers. First, they don’t require fossil fuels such as oil to make them. Second, as they break down they add organic matter to the soil, which improves the structure of soil and its ability to hold nutrients, water and air. Third, they are not composed of salts, which harm soil organisms. And fourth, they do not contain recycled industrial waste products as non-organic fertilizers sometimes do.  Note that Fertilizers that include ingredients like sewage sludge or urea, are not acceptable under organic standards for agriculture or land care, sometimes are labeled “organic” under the “organic chemistry” definition.The contents of organic fertilizers vary widely. They include but are not limited to feather meal; chicken manure; cow, sheep or horse manure; humates; fish; worm castings; seaweed; corn gluten; soy; and pelletized compost.

In late summer, apply an organic fertilizer to help the grass improve carbohydrate storage in the roots for overwintering and to provide nitrogen for late-summer/early-fall shoot growth and continued root growth throughout the fall.

Each application of fertilizer is made for a specific purpose. Depending on each lawn’s or field’s situation, you may change applications, schedules and rates.

The primary application period is late summer, but you can make additional applications where and when indicated. If a second fertilization is indicated by test or observation, it should be done between mid-May and June 1.
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