Dale Hodgins wrote:
I would be very happy to find a type of lawn grass that would grow to 3 inches long and then stay that length.
wayne fajkus wrote:Are you bagging when you mow or are the clippings staying in the lawn?
Donald Kenning wrote:Mr. Davis:
OK, one thing at a time.
The "fertilizer" is "organic based". They can say that because the main ingredient is stuff that came out of the butt of a chicken. You seem to be worried about the chickens. First of all, growth hormones are not given to chickens (illegal) (however they do give them to cows). Some chickens these days do not get antibiotics, but if this chicken manure is in a package with this other garbage, then quite likely, the chickens had antibiotics. Since people (and your pets) do not eat the grass the antibiotics will eventually break down. The chicken was probably, also, fed gmo corn and other crap, but that is a discussion for another time.
The other stuff in the bag. Yea, those things are either mined (raping the earth) or created from petroleum (raping the earth) and travel long distances to get to your store (raping the earth). Some companies even call those other ingredients "natural" because they came from the earth (mined).
I believe the reason that Paul suggests half the amount (of any kind of fertilizer) is because he has come to the realization that healthy soils do not get depleted of nutrients. That a healthy soil food web moves all the water and nutrients to your plants (grass) it needs. That applies to everything that grows such as lawns, gardens and 10,000 acre row crop farms. But for many people who have spent a lifetime believing soils deplete, it is hard to get them to stop using the chemicals that are simply not needed. Therefore, it is easier to convince someone to use half than to use none at all.
I could be wrong about Paul's reasoning but that is my guess.
David Davis wrote:In the "Cheap and Lazy" article Paul, he calls for using organic fertilizer and says you should use half the amount called for on the bag. Why is this?
Also I've been using a fertilizer that says that it is "organic based" but i've noticed it has ammonium sulfate" in it. The ingredients are: Dried Poultry Manure, Polymer-Coated Sulfur- Coated Urea, Urea, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammoniated Phosphate, Muriate of Potash, and Ferrous Sulfate.
This depends on your view/ opinion of commercial fertilizers. I would never use such a product.
Would this be considered a good or bad lawn fertilizer?
Anything bad about poultry waste? I worry that there could be toxic chemicals in the waste that were fed to the chickens like antibiotics and growth hormones etc.