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Fertilizer 101 CONTACT US FOR LAWN FERTILIZATION SERVICES IN SOLON, IOWA CITY & CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Fertilizer, natural or artificial substance containing the chemical elements that improve growth and productiveness of plants. Fertilizers enhance the natural fertility of the soil or replace the chemical elements taken from the soil by previous crops.

The use of manure and composts as fertilizers is as old as agriculture. Modern chemical fertilizers include one or more of the three elements that are most important in plant nutrition: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Of secondary importance are the elements sulfur, magnesium, and calcium.

Most nitrogen fertilizers are obtained from synthetic ammonia; this chemical compound (NH3) is used either as a gas or in a water solution, or it is converted into salts such as ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, and ammonium phosphate, but packinghouse wastes, treated garbage, sewage, and manure are also common sources of it.

Turfgrass favors stability. In Iowa, nature creates instability (mostly due to climate) so we need to double up on anything we can control. The singular best thing we can do is to offer the best fertilizers possible. While others look for savings in products of lesser quality, we appreciate the importance of high-grade fertilizer as a major factor securing our success. Buying in volume allows us to custom blend our fertilizers to exact specifications with attention quality control.

Fertilizer 101 CONTACT US FOR LAWN FERTILIZATION SERVICES IN SOLON, IOWA CITY & CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Fertilizer, natural or artificial substance containing the chemical elements that improve growth and productiveness of plants. Fertilizers enhance the natural fertility of the soil or replace the chemical elements taken from the soil by previous crops.

The use of manure and composts as fertilizers is as old as agriculture. Modern chemical fertilizers include one or more of the three elements that are most important in plant nutrition: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Of secondary importance are the elements sulfur, magnesium, and calcium.

Most nitrogen fertilizers are obtained from synthetic ammonia; this chemical compound (NH3) is used either as a gas or in a water solution, or it is converted into salts such as ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, and ammonium phosphate, but packinghouse wastes, treated garbage, sewage, and manure are also common sources of it.

Turfgrass favors stability. In Iowa, nature creates instability (mostly due to climate) so we need to double up on anything we can control. The singular best thing we can do is to offer the best fertilizers possible. While others look for savings in products of lesser quality, we appreciate the importance of high-grade fertilizer as a major factor securing our success. Buying in volume allows us to custom blend our fertilizers to exact specifications with attention quality control.

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Most Organic programs fail because they cannot offer enough food to maintain good vigor and the crop suffers. Weed infiltration is the biggest issue when vigor is lost. Most organic programs begin with good intention only to require additional chemical remedy because of the declining turf. Although made up of natural elements, if a synthetic program is not managed correctly these elements can have a negative effect on our environment. Without organic material present in the soil, water and nutrients will leach through and can pose a threat to our water sources. Although more of an issue with cheap, soluble fertilizer in poorly managed properties, we should all be mindful.

Our process is to marry the best of both types of fertilizer. By blending our fertilizers with both slow-release synthetic ammonia fertilizer and an insoluble organic fertilizer, we can offer a product that has less impact on the environment while at the same time building better soil. This process is exciting because we already know what each type of fertilizer can do and how they benefit turfgrass individually. We also know that one does not work without the other. The best thing is that both types work better together while at the same time offering a safer, more responsible choice that works!

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3956 – 120th St NE
Solon, IA 52333 

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