Why Your Customers' Lawns Need Slow-Release Nitrogen Fertilizer

If you’re a turf manager for commercial properties or provide lawn care services to residential lawns, you know that municipalities have been enacting laws limiting the use of certain fertilizers.

Plus, you have customers who may want a quick green-up, but they also want a healthy, dense lawn all season long. You know liquid fertilizers will give the customer’s property that quick green-up, but it’ll potentially leak into stormwater drains, an environmental no-no.

Slow Release Fertilizers Will Solve Your Fertilizer Dilemma

If you provide only lawn care services, such as fertilization, weed control, and aeration that promotes turf health, you want to invest in fertilizers that will give you more bang for your buck.

In other words, you want a slow release fertilizer that provides a quick green-up and long-lasting nutrition.

While you may be tempted to use liquid fertilizer, know that the advantages of using granular nitrogen beat the liquid form. Here are some granular fertilizer benefits:

  • You make fewer fertilizer applications
  • Granular fertilizer comes in a variety of slow-release sources
  • You can buy combination products that save you time and money, including herbicide and pesticide mixed in with the granular fertilizer
  • You need professional spreaders to put down granular fertilizer, but no other equipment and no chemical mixing
  • It’s easy to apply granular fertilizer on your customers’ lawns

Slow release fertilizer’s secret sauce is methylene urea, created through a manufacturing process. Long-chain molecules are developed by chemically combining a nitrogen source with an aldehyde.

These long-chain molecules provide the delayed release of nitrogen—allowing it to slowly release into the ground for eight weeks. The long-chain molecules delay the release because the soil microbes will feed on them at predictable times.

For example, the microbial organism’s molecular breakdown depends on various factors that control slow-release nitrogen's effectiveness. These environmental factors include

  • The soil’s health and pH
  • Moisture levels
  • Ground temperature.

The hotter and wetter the soil is, the more active the microbes will be at breaking down and releasing nitrogen into the ground. Soil microbes will break down and release the nitrogen faster during late spring, summer, and early fall.

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The Best Type of Slow-Release Fertilizer Contains MESA ® Technology

What is MESA® Technology?

It’s a unique formula created by LebanonTurf. When MESA® fertilizer is put down, the turfgrass roots absorb the ammonium sulfate and urea methylene right away. This provides a lawn with a quick green-up.

In addition to providing quick turf green-up, MESA® also stays in the soil and won’t be released into the atmosphere, making it environmentally friendly. It also won’t wash away into stormwater drains.

Instead, MESA® stays in the soil for eight weeks, delivering ongoing nutrition to turfgrass. It’s quick-acting and provides stable growth, so the deep emerald color doesn’t fade, and the turf grows thick and healthy at the same time.

You can find MESA® Technology in our ProScape® fertilizers.

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LebanonTurf’s ProScape ® Provides Turf Managers with Numerous Options

At LebanonTurf, we recommend our ProScape® fertilizers, seeds, and fertilizer combination products to get the results your customers expect.

The ProScape® brand also includes high-quality turfgrass seed varieties, such as

  • Tall fescue
  • Ryegrass
  • Bluegrass

Try one of our ProScape® fertilizer and seed products today by contacting your local LebanonTurf distributor.