Nature's Turf 8-1-9 is a designer fertilizer made specifically for turf. The objective of Nature's Turf 8-1-9 is to provide nutrients to turf plants in the most efficient manner possible, and the best way to accomplish that is to enliven and enrich the biological activity in the soil. More and more researchers, scientists, and turf managers are beginning to recognize the awesome value of a biologically active soil. Soil organisms are responsible for so many functions that directly benefit turf. Almost all of the nutrients utilized by plants-especially those obscure but essential elements that are not normally added to conventional fertilizer-are made available to plants by soil organisms. One of the most important and essential nutrients for all plants is carbon dioxide, which would not be available in ample quantities if it weren't for the work of soil organisms. All the proteins and carbohydrates manufactured by photosynthesis are built upon a base of carbon supplied by carbon dioxide. Saprophytic organisms in the soil produce carbon dioxide as they consume organic residues.
Application rates vary from 3 to 12 pounds per 1000 ft2 depending on soil conditions and the preferences of the turf manager. If turf is growing on biologically inactive soil*, we would recommend greater application rates less frequently. Once biological activity is restored, lower rates can be used but should be applied more often. Nature's Turf 8-1-9 should be applied during periods of the season when grass normally grows vigorously. Fertilization during periods when grass is naturally dormant may fuel weed growth. Nature's Turf 8-1-9 can be applied as a dormant feeding in the late fall but fertilizers, in general, should not be applied after dormancy in areas prone to winter diseases. A late summer/early fall application can help soil organisms provide suppression of many winter disease organisms. Nature's Turf 8-1-9 should be applied when turf shows signs of infertility. Coverage: 4000 - 16,000 ft2 per 50-lb. bag. Product density: 43 lbs. per ft3.