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Organic Starter Fertilizer 5-4-5

I exclusively use a 5-4-5 mix as my organic starter fertilizer.

Why use the 5-4-5 Organic Starter Fertilizer?

It is a unique, all-purpose, natural organic fertilizer formulated with a composted chicken manure, rock minerals, humic acids and sugars. This particular product has been in use for over 20 years by golf courses and sports fields. It is one of the most powerful soil and plant foods available and it is provided to Aerating and Thatching Co only by special agreement.

What does this special 5-4-5 mix really do?

  • Balances the chemistry of the soil
  • Feeds the actual grass plant and soil
  • Helps creates better air, nutrient, and water movement throughout the soil
  • Maximize the microbial activity in any soil

A newly-discovered fact is that microbes produce a substance called glomalin, which reduces dry spots. Every aspect of this 5-4-5 mix is designed to give your soil and lawn the greatest opportunity to thrive. It can be used for any turf or ornamental application without fear of burn or salt build-up. This special organic mix application is also valuable for treating localized dry spots. This will provide the most sustainable food source for microbes available while helping to re-mineralize the soil.

Take Care of the Soil, Take Care of the Plant

This 5-4-5 organic product does much more than feed the plant; it feeds the soil. Soil re-mineralization is an important focus of this product. It is the minerals that truly make this fertilizer different as they replenish the soil with nutrients that are taken away during the season and need to be replaced in order to keep the soil healthy. The rich carbohydrates provide a quick burst of energy to beneficial bacteria, the humic acid complex provides a sustainable food source for long term biological activity.

Benefits of 5-4-5 Organic Starter Fertilizer

  • Reduced thatch
  • Improved soil structure
  • Feeding and remineralizing your soil
  • Improves effectiveness of synthetic fertilizers
  • Contains almost 40% rock minerals

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Advantages of Organic Fertilizers:

Organic fertilizers are naturally occurring fertilizers such as compost or manure. Naturally occurring organic fertilizers include manure, slurry, worm castings, peat, seaweed, humic acid, and guano. I sell this as the good stinky stuff! If the scent bothers you, keep watering as it will go away after several waterings.

Although the density of nutrients in organic material is modest compared to inorganic, they have many advantages. The majority organic fertilizers contain insoluble nitrogen and act as a slow-release fertilizer. By their nature, organic fertilizers increase physical and biological nutrient storage mechanisms in soils, lessening the chance of over-fertilization. Organic fertilizer nutrient content, solubility, and nutrient release rates are typically much lower than mineral (inorganic) fertilizers. They can utilize existing nutrients, so that good growth is achieved with lower nutrient densities while wasting less and release nutrients at a slower, more consistent rate, helping to avoid a boom-and-bust pattern. Organics help to retain soil moisture, reducing the stress while improving the soil structure and helping to prevent topsoil erosion.

Organic fertilizers also have the advantage of avoiding certain problems associated with the regular heavy use of artificial fertilizers such as; the necessity of reapplying artificial fertilizers regularly (and perhaps in increasing quantities) to maintain fertility and also (prevent) the extensive runoff of soluble nitrogen and phosphorus which can kill fish.

Seattle Lawn Fertilizer FAQ2016-11-06T16:53:28-08:00
Fall is the most important time of the year to feed and fertilize your lawn. Your lawn stores its energy in the roots of the grass and in the springtime when your lawn needs to grow, your grass calls on these reserves. In fall, even after the lawn has stopped growing, deep root growth is still occurring and does so for several weeks.
A higher quality fertilizer that controls the release of nitrogen through temperature, water or microbial activity; a technique that “spoon-feeds” your lawn and prevents growth surges. The fertilizer that I use is a 60% slow-release fertilizer which is high in phosphorous; promoting deep root growth and is of a higher quality.
Slow release fertilizer prevents your lawn from growing too fast during the rainy season so that you can cut it on your own schedule.
Quick release fertilizer makes nutrients immediately available to your lawn and is generally of short duration.
No. If you have a very weedy lawn, it could be 20% weeds. So if you apply weed and feed, 80% is wasted on a healthy lawn. Of the weeds, many are monocots and weed and feed only kills dicots (broadleaf). For herbicides, selective spot spraying is best. Because of kids, pets and the environment, homeowners are becoming more receptive to taking care of their landscapes with a less toxic approach, including organics. You have to set realistic expectations and figure out how to achieve this. Having a healthy, thick, vigorously growing lawn is the best deterrent to prevent weed infestation and crane fly damage.
I like organic fertilizers that are high in mineral content and have been digested by an animal that is not hormone fed.
Yes, but make sure the synthetic fertilizers that you are using are 50% slow release or more and don’t have herbicides, insecticides or fungicides.
  • The US is the second largest producer and consumer of fertilizer in the world after China, in both categories.
  • The fertilizer manufacturing industry employs 33,000 jobs in the United States.
  • Despite the Pacific Northwest’s rainy reputation, the average annual rainfall is just below 40 inches, which is even less than New York City!
Wait 6 weeks after starter fertilizer to apply the regular fertilizer. Go to a nursery and ask for organic fertilizer; or you can buy 50lb bags from me for $60/bag. You should not apply weed & feed to new seedlings.
Weed control cannot be used around new seedlings or the seeds will not germinate.
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