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Connecticut Organic Lawn Fertilizers in Jeopardy

[caption id="attachment_5305" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="At this golf course, where grass is fertilized and grown to the pond's edge, the water is eutrified by excess phosphorus load. "][/caption] WHEN IT COMES TO LAWNS, FEW STATES RIVAL CONNECTICUT for the amount of passion folks can muster. It’s the richest state in the nation per capita and all those folks with nice properties want to su ...

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Espoma Honored for Environmental Commitment

[caption id="attachment_4843" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This is the original Espoma warehouse from 1929. (courtesy of Espoma)"][/caption] While an organic industry has literally grown up around it in the past quarter century, the oldest American company in the natural lawn and garden sector continues to be recognized for its innovative leadership. [caption id="attachment_4844" align="alignleft" ...

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The Lawn Phosphorus Firestorm: The Flames Are Warming

New Laws Wrongfully Restrict Organic Fertilizers [caption id="attachment_4440" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="After more than 70 years in business, Milorganite is finding its product illegal as a lawn fertilizer in some states due to the 2 percent phosphorus in the bag. Other organic fertilizers are fighting the same issue."][/caption] The coming year is shaping up as a major battleground and your l ...

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After 80 Years, One Company Just Says No to Chemicals

[caption id="attachment_2289" align="alignleft" width="518" caption=" Jeremy Brunner and John Harrison, sales and marketing support manager, hold an original bag of Espoma fertilizer."][/caption] IF YOU HAVE LIVED anywhere East of the Mississippi in the past half century and you happened to wander into the well-used potting shed of a true, died-in-the-wool gardener, you would almost certainly find a simple, ...

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Correct Fertilizer Ratio?

I received this question to my personal email today from Barbara Card of Amesbury, Mass., and I think it's a good one to answer so everyone can see: "I know organic fertilizers are the way to go, and I'm hearing that a lot of landscape companies are using organic fertilizers because they cost less, but I'm on a Conservation Commission here in Massachusetts and am trying to be very specific about the ratios ...

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Natural Fertilizer: Part II

As promised, here is another excerpt from my book, the Organic Lawn Care Manual (Storey Publishing, 2007). This relates to natural products that can be used as fertilizers: Animal By-Products Call me old-fashioned, but I still take all the manure I can get from the local farmers in my town. I grew up on a dairy farm and helped my grandfather spread cow manure on everything from the cornfields and hay fields ...

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Natural Fertilizers: Part I

Wouldn't it be great if you could feed your lawn and landscape without ever going to the garden center? Nothing against garden centers, mind you. If I have to shop, that's where I like to go. My point for this post, though, is that you don't necessarily HAVE to buy bagged products to apply to your gardens. All sorts of naturally occurring materials can be used as fertilizers. Here are just a few (as culled ...

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