Pest Perspectives - March/April 2015 - (Page 20)
Waterways, Fertilizer and Being Green
By John Perry, Founder/CEO Bio Green USA, Inc.
ll lawns need fertilizer to be healthy and green,
but how much is really necessary? How much
and when should I apply? Are all of the nutrients
being applied going into my grass and soil? These are very
common questions that I have encountered in my years
of being a fertilizer service provider and manufacturer.
In recent years, the level of knowledge in the average
consumer has expanded, leading them to ask more
questions about the environmental impact of fertilization.
Fertilizer uptake by plants has been studied for years
by countless individuals, universities, and private interests
worldwide. There has always been a split between these two
questions; "How much should we apply?" and "How much
can we apply?" For years it was widely accepted that grass
and trees could not grow without the addition of Phosphorus.
Phosphorus has been widely seen as the culprit in summer
algal blooms in lakes. Lakes and rivers can be extremely
sensitive to small amounts of phosphorus runoff. It takes 20
parts per million (ppm) of soil phosphorus to grow healthy
turf annually; 25 parts per billion (a quantity 1,000 times
smaller) can promote excessive algae growth in lakes.
For turf, most universities recommend four pounds of
nitrogen, two pounds of phosphorus, and two pounds
of potash per 1,000 square feet per year. This is a
guideline; barring any soil deficiencies noted in soil
testing. These applications on a 5,000 square foot lawn
will use a total of 20lbs of nitrogen, 10lbs of phosphorus,
and 10lbs of potash. If you were to translate this into parts
per million (ppm) it would read: 90 ppm nitrogen, 45 ppm
phosphorus, and 45 ppm potash. When you look at the
total numbers and what it takes to grow healthy grass,
(25 ppm phosphorus annually), things begin to get clear
very quickly; application exceeds needs.
Bio Green, USA, Inc. has taken the stance to lower,
and in some cases, eliminate nutrient pollution. When I
formed this company, my goal was to provide an excellent
alternative to conventional fertilizer. The outcome is this:
Annual Bio Green application rates apply 25 percent of the
nitrogen, zero phosphorus and 5 percent the potash that
conventional fertilizers apply. Bio Green liquid products
use and convert nutrients through the carbon cycle, which
provides deeper roots, less need for watering, less need
for mowing, and overall healthier grass. This method
of fertilization still allows for the consumer to have a
beautiful landscape, deep green grass, full flower blooms,
without the declining clarity and added algae blooms that
are affecting lakes and waterways today.
While the debate on fertilizer runoff continues, many
local and state agencies are doing something about it. In
2005, Minnesota banned phosphorous in Fertilizers. The
state of Wisconsin quickly followed suit. Recently, states in
the Chesapeake Bay watershed and many Florida counties
have implemented fertilizer ordinances including "blackout
periods" aimed at reducing nutrient run-off pollution
during the rainy seasons. Bio Green USA Inc. had the
answer to this long before the restrictions were considered.
By building natural soil fertility, Bio Green's fertilizer
products significantly reduce nutrient inputs and nutrient
loss throughout the season. Bio Green 0-0-2 Micromend™
product, provides for the micronutrient needs of plants and
feeds the soil and the living organisms within it that are
responsible for sustained soil fertility.
About: Bio Green USA, Inc. is the manufacturer of
high-quality, environmentally-responsible fertilizers made
available to lawn and landscape companies through a
business model for license and co-branding opportunities.
Each product, made in Greensbora, Ga., is designed
specifically for the growing demands of lawns, shrubs,
trees, and ornamental plants. Bio Green's complete
formulas ensure that plants get all that is needed to thrive
during the growing season and soil organisms get all that
is needed to build and maintain healthy topsoil. For more
information, go to www.biogreen.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - March/April 2015
presidential perspective Busy Months Ahead
Legislative Preview 2015
FPMA 1960-1979: Environmental and Regulatory Issues Take Center Stage
Florida Pest & Lawn Expo Highlights
Waterways, Fertilizer and Being Green
The Dos and Don’ts of Dust Formulations
marketing matters 35 Tradeshow Essentials
Pest Perspectives - March/April 2015