Granulated vs. Organic Fertilizer

posted on March 7th, 2012 by

Granulated chemical fertilizers are those little colored balls that you sprinkle all over your lawn and try to keep your pets from eating. They are rich with nitrogen and phosphorus, which are great for plant growth, however they have to seep into the ground to be absorbed through the plants’ roots. Often the fertilizer will soak all the way into the water table and eventually into lakes and rivers. Even worse, when you spread the granulated fertilizer on your lawn, it often gets flung onto sidewalks, streets and driveways. The fertilizer then gets washed directly into water sources when it rains.

When fertilizer gets into water sources, it upsets the balance of the water ecosystem causing organisms to die out. The scary part is that American homeowners tend to use four times as much fertilizer per square foot of land as farmers do. That is *way* too much fertilizer. Most cold weather grasses only need to be fertilized twice a year, at the beginning and end of the season. Zoysia needs even less fertilizer, once a year at the beginning of the season. This is why Zoysia Farms is very particular about the fertilizer we use and sell.

Our main fertilizer, Nutri-20, is different than the typical granulated chemical fertilizer that you sprinkle all over your lawn. Nutri-20 is a water soluble fertilizer and is absorbed through the leaves of the grass or plants instead of the roots. This is more environmentally friendly as the fertilizer does not lay on the ground where it can wash into the river system or soak into the water table.

This year Zoysia Farms has also added a whole line of new organic outdoor products to its store. These products are made from microbes that naturally exist in soil, instead of being man made. Turf Thrive is one such product, using microbes to stimulate root growth and make soil healthy for your grass. You can complement this with Gluten-8, a corn gluten solution that keeps weeds from germinating, killing weed seeds off before they even start growing. There are a number of other products like these that can be used to naturally enhance your lawn and garden. These include herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, plant food and thatch remover.

Chemicals can be dangerous to your children, pets, plants and the environment as a whole. We’re very proud of only carrying products that let you enhance your lawn and garden naturally and safely. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about Nutri-20 or our new organic product line and how they can work for your lawn.

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10 Responses to “Granulated vs. Organic Fertilizer”

  1. victor dye Says:

    April 19th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Is Nutri-20 organic? what are the differences between that and Turf Thrive?

  2. admin Says:

    April 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Victor – Nutri-20 is not organic like the Turf Thrive, however it is designed to be much better for the environment than traditional granulated fertilizer, being absorbed by the plants leaves instead of the roots. Turf Thrive uses living microbes that feed the soil around the plants.

  3. Kenneth Says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I have a combo of meyer zoysia and common bermuda. Is Nutri-20 okay to use on both instead of granular fertilizer. Also will both grasses co exsist or will one over take the other?

    Thank you,

  4. admin Says:

    May 11th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Kenneth – Nutri-20 is fine for both grasses. Bermuda and Zoysia are both spreading grasses and while Zoysia tends to be stronger there are environments friendlier to each which would tip the advantage one way or the other.

  5. Kenneth Says:

    May 17th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    My soil results from North Carolina State stated that I only need 15-0-0 fertilizer. How do Nutri-20 compare with those requirements?

    Thank you,

  6. Chuck Says:

    May 26th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I have an Ortho hose sprayer, what setting should I use when using the Nutri-20?

  7. admin Says:

    May 31st, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Chuck – Directions for using Nutri-20 and your Ortho Dial Sprayer can be found here. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Thank you!

  8. Chuck Says:

    June 6th, 2012 at 9:46 pm


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