“Waterways, Fertilizer and Being Green” by John Perry, Founder/CEO of Bio Green USA, Inc. – Pest Perspectives | FLFPMA | March, April 2015
All lawns need it 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% of the nitrogen, zero phosphorus and 5% 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 Greensboro, Georgia, 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.