Gardening Articles: Care :: Soil, Water, & Fertilizer

New Environmentally Friendly Slow-Release Fertilizer

by Charlie Nardozzi


Fertilizers are added to lawns and gardens across the country at alarming rates. While they may be necessary for plant growth, excess fertilizer runs off into streams, rivers, and waterways, causing pollution. Phosphorous is one of the top culprits causing contamination and algae blooms in lakes.

Slow-release fertilizers are better for plants and the environment because they release their nutrients over time rather than all at once, allowing the plant to take up fertilizer as it needs it and reducing the amount that is wasted. Now comes a new slow-release fertilizer that is made from recycled materials.

Crystal Green fertilizer is claimed to be the only slow-release fertilizer that contains a combination of nitrogen, phosphorus, and magnesium (5-28-0 +10% Mg). Unlike other slow-release fertilizers, the phosphorus in Crystal Green is derived from recycled waste water, not mining operations, so its production has less of a negative impact on the environment. It's been tested to be low in heavy metals and other contaminants. Crystal Green fertilizer slowly dissolves over 8 to 9 months, feeding lawns and garden plants. There is little chance of fertilizer runoff or plant foliage burning.

For more information on this new slow release fertilizer, go to: Ostara .

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