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Old 06-14-2007, 03:33 PM  
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My dad wants to know if there's a type of fertilizer that isn't really harmful to the environment because I've read in places that some fertilizer can really damage the environments. Can anyone help? Our grass could sure use some right about now .

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Hello Alim:
If you could clean a cattle barn where the cattle have eaten lots of clover or other legumes which are high in nitrogen. Spread the cow manure thinly and work it in with a harrow or disc the nitrogen would give the grass a kick but water is probably more important. The grass needs at least 1" of water per week.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:51 AM  
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Glenn is right on the water. It's been a very warm, dry week in the upper midwest. Our lawn is starting to show signs of heat stress.

Now is not the time to add fertilizer. Weeds have subsided, and if you didn't get a crabgrass preventer down in the spring, you might see that start to come on in a few weeks. Make sure to keep the grass watered...this is the best defense against a weak lawn and strong pests (both weeds and bugs).

Fertilizers aren't inherently bad for the environment. The problem usually stems from mismanagement...including poor application methods. Keep it off impervious surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, etc), where it is likely to runoff into the storm sewer and into lakes and streams. Keep it on the lawn. Read the directions carefully, and follow them. Even (and sometimes especially) animal manures can be harmful to the environment if mishandled. Fresh manure is often very high in soluble phosphorus and nitrogen...making it harmful to surface and groundwater when mishandled.

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