Phosphorus Free Fertilizer

When it comes to fertilizers, water, and wildlife, there can be a lot of technical talk and percentages being thrown around...

When it comes to fertilizers, water, and wildlife, there can be a lot of technical talk and percentages being thrown around, so we figured an explanation was in order.

What exactly is going on and how does it involve you (or us for that matter)? Here’s the breakdown:

So far, 12 states have recently banned the use of phosphorous in lawn applications (aka fertilizers). Stop right there. What is phosphorous? Phosphorous is a natural mineral nutrient that is essential for plant growth and maturity, and it plays a significant role in photosynthesis as well.

Wait, so you’re telling me that phosphorous is good? Why are states banning it then? What is the need for phosphorus free fertilizer?

There’s too much of it.

These high phosphorous levels are bad—bad for the air, bad for the water, bad for aquatic plants and bad for aquatic animals. And let me be clear as well, it’s not good for the water you end up drinking either. The more pollution there is in the water, the harder it is to make it pure again before you drink it. So, it’s not good for anyone. Hence, the legislation in these states for phosphorus free fertilizer.

I know you’ve heard it said time and time again—there is such thing as too much of a good thing, and that’s what’s going on here. Phosphorous in and of itself isn’t bad. It’s very important, but when we have too much of it, it creates many environmental problems. The new rules and laws surrounding phosphorous application have many different specifications ranging from a balancing act of fertilizer components to times and areas in which phosphorus use are permitted. So far, there is no comprehensive agreement on how to regulate its use or how much of it is used. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to worry about any of this? If you’re using the right products, none of these rules and regulations apply to you.

Here’s the bottom line: we care about the earth we live on, flora and fauna we live among, and the water we drink every day. Therefore, we care about how you take care of those things and how we can help you.

All of these questions like “when can I use phosphorus application?” and “how much can I use?” do not don’t apply to you when you’re using our the proper products. Organic and natural products allow the lawn and garden you work so hard to tend to stay healthy and beautiful, while keeping the earth beautiful, too.

Interested in more of the nitty gritty details? You can educate yourself with some more of the facts here:

The Author
Brad Broxton
Turf and Waste Sales
Brad is the Turf and Waste Development Rep at Southland Organics. He loves helping landscape professionals overcome biological challenges in their industry. He has also championed the success of numerous national parks through eliminating biofilm and odor. Brad’s commitment to customer-centric service is the driving force behind long-term customer relationships. He has spent the last 5 years in the turfgrass and wilderness waste industry, gaining experiences in areas such as lawn care programs, erosion control, and bioremediation. While solving biological problems is his primary job function by day, Brad also enjoys fishing and baseball.