“I have a 67-acre sod farm where we grow 419 Bermuda. My harvesting period averages
between 120 to 140 days, which allows for two harvests per year, and my scrap rate
runs about 15%.
I applied TurfPro product on a 13 acre plot at a rate of .6 gallons per acre during
the first week of May. We continued to apply fertilizer and water following our
standard program. Fourteen days later we pulled test samples from the treated and
non-treated plots. The results were overwhelming. The root system development on
the treated sample was dramatically improved over the non-treated sample. The treated
sample also was much healthier and stronger than the non-treated sample. We immediately
ordered enough product to treat our entire farm except for one control plot. The
application was completed by the first week in June.
We pulled samples again 30 days after initial treatment and again the impact the
TurfPro product had on the root system was astonishing. There was a dramatic increase
in new root growth. Based on the finding from this initial application, we expected
to reduce our harvest period from 120-14- days down to 90 days. This would enable
us to get one additional harvest per season from our operation. We were also seeing
a significant reduction in bare spots, which would greatly reduce our cull rate.
In early September we ordered more product and treated for a second time.
It is now the last week of October, and we just finished harvesting our third crop
of this season. Our scrap rate is down to about 2-3%. Bottom line, we generated
an additional $378,000 in sales and saved an estimated $100,000 in scrap this season
by using the TurfPro product.
“I am 100% sold on this product, and plan to use it from now on!”
TurfPro USA, now a division of Organic Products Company is offering both liquid and
dry soil amendments that meet USDA requirements for organic growing. Our 100% organic
soil amendments are the only one presently on the market that carries the US EPA
“Design for the Environment” seal.
Our deposit of Humates has never been hardened so the only processing we have to
do is screen out any surface debris making our soil amendments some of the greenest
on the market.
TurfPro USA products has never been hardened into coal or shale rocks which means
the natural beneficial soil biology is still alive and available for work in your
soil. Unlike many products that provide beneficial soil biology ours provide all
of the food needed by this soil biology while in storage and while it is acclimating
to your soil or potting mix. Shelf life on our product is 2 years under normal storage
Our Humate’s contains lignin, a complex chemical compound found as an integral part
of the secondary cell wall of many plants. It provides increase cation exchange capacity
to soil, increases the soils ability to hold moisture.
The TurfPro USA deposit was formed before the Wisconsin Ice Age for a mixture of
marine life and vegetation which give is a very complete complement of trace elements
without any of the problems of industrial pollutants and heavy metal contamination
facing us with modern day products.
Turfpro USA dry and liquid soil amendments are all 100% organic with a very low carbon
Our products are verified organic to meet USA, Canadian, Japanese and European standards.
Making the world Green Naturally
Dade City Florida-On 8/27/10TurfProwas used as a root drench when planting the
row on the right. Squash ready to harvest on 9/15/10 two weeks ahead of control
plants on the left.
Healthy Soil Wheel-Great information for growing healthy soil! For more details
click: Healthy Happy Plants
Blueberry Plants from Cuttings
The TurfPro USA difference!
Blueberry plants from cuttings. Those on the left and bottom Tray
on the right was done with TurfPro
right were grown with TurfPro at a rate of ½ gallon for every Liquid
– A concentrated liquid all natural
100 gallons of water fed once a week. Average tray plant 100%
organic humate. May 2011
survival rate with TurfPro over 90% without Less than 60%.
TurfPro or Turf and Garden Pro liquid concentrates
Blueberry Plants pull at random from
trays by the grower –
Only difference in the two is TurfPro
was used on the one on the right.
Synthetic vs. Organic Fertilizers
Effect on Plants and the Environment
What are the effects on plants, soil and the environment of synthetic versus organic
fertilizers? Fillers, water solubility, nutrient availability, reduced disease resistance,
environmental damage, reduced soil carbon levels and reduced nutritional value of
food crops. are all factors related to the use of synthetic fertilizers.
A standard synthetic fertilizer like 15-5-10 has 15% nitrogen, 5% phosphorus and
10% potassium. This adds up to only 30%, so what is the other 70%? Filler! This
filler can be most anything and in some cases, toxic substances that can be harmful
to the environment and once applied to food crops these materials can enter our food.
An EPA study on the accumulation of heavy metals in soils treated with synthetic
fertilizer found increased levels of cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury, copper and
zinc.1 Without this filler the soluble nitrogen rate would be so high that it would
burn both plants and soil biology. With organic fertilizer all of the material
in the bag is organic and will furnish many of the other elements that plants need
and will help the process of building organic material in your soil to support beneficial
The N-P-K in synthetic fertilizer is very water-soluble so it can act very rapidly
for plant growth. This sudden increase in growth is not desirable because it causes
plants to grow with weak cell walls making the plants susceptible to insects and
reduces disease resistance.2 This works out nicely for the manufacturers since they
sell more insecticide, fungicides and other chemical poisons to offset the damage.
Studies have shown that up to 36% of the synthetic derived nitrogen applied to the
soil will become environmental pollutants in the ground water.3 While organic fertilizers
reduce the amount of nitrogen that is leached through the soil and ends up in the
ground water.4 Synthetic fertilizer also have excessive amounts of salt that reduce
the water holding capacity of the soil, reduces the plant roots ability to absorb
water and will kill many types of beneficial soil biology. With organic fertilizer
the N-P-K are in a more stable form and will not burn plants or harm the beneficial
Most synthetic fertilizers use triple super phosphate, which is made by treating
rock phosphate with phosphoric acid. It is not in a form plants can use so if not
converted by soil biology, it leaches out and becomes an environmental pollutant.
Phosphate also locks up many of the trace elements plants need reducing the overall
nutrient availability. The phosphate in organic fertilizers is in a plant available
form that binds to other organic matter and does not readily wash through and become
The potassium in most synthetic fertilizers is muriate of potash or potassium chloride.
They are both highly water-soluble and tend to pass through the plant root zone very
rapidly. The continued use of synthetic fertilizers slowly depletes the soil of
organic carbon and reduces crop yields, so the more fertilizer applied the smaller
the reaction in plants.5 This also results in the vegetables being grown having
between 5%-40% less nutritional value when compared to vegetables grown 50 years
ago before the introduction and use of synthetic fertilizers.6
When looking at the cost of fertilizer you need to consider what you are getting
for your money. If a 40 pound bag of 10-10-10 synthetic fertilizer cost you $10.00
you are paying that money for 12 pounds of active useful ingredients or $0.83 per
pound. For a 40 pound bag of organic fertilizer you pay $20.00 you are getting 40
pounds of active useful ingredients or $0.50 per pound. What is not used of the organic
fertilizer in the first year stays in the soil and helps build the total organic
matter in the soil.7
"Every pound of excess Nitrogen applied to the soil by artificial fertilizers destroys
100 pounds of humus… " The Carbon Connection, L. Ridzon and C. Walters
Our 100% organic Turfpro USA and AgriPro products add organic carbon to the soil
as well as many types of beneficial soil biology and most needed trace elements.
They help build the water holding capacity of the soil while opening the soil up
to allow air to plant roots and soil biology. All of our products carry the US EPA
“Design for the Environment” seal.
1 “BACKGROUND REPORT ON FERTILIZER USE, CONTAMINANTS AND REGULATION”, EPA, 1999.
7 M.S. Clark, W.R. Horwath, C. Shennan, and K.M. Scow. 1998. “Changes In Soil Chemical
Properties Resulting From Organic And Low-Input Farming Practices”. Agronomy Journal.
Want to add fresh greens and fantastic fresh tastes to your off season cooking? MicroGreens
are the way to go!
Microgreens are young edible greens produced from the seeds of vegetables, herbs
or other plants. Unlike sprouts which are grown in water and you consume the roots,
microgreens are grown in soil and you consume the new tender leaves. They have more
developed flavor, color and texture than sprouts. Microgreens have great flavor
even at their small size, though not as strong as mature greens and herbs.
A microgreen consists of a central stem having two fully developed cotyledon leaves
(the leaves that first show on a plant), and usually one pair of the plant's true
leaves. They can range in size from 1" in height for some lettuce to the extremely
tiny leaves of mint. An average size and leaf configuration for a microgreen such
as basil is about 1-1 1/2" in height, having the cotyledon leaves and one set of
small true leaves.
They are easy to grow indoors in any weather, take up very little space and in most
cases you can start harvesting in 10 to 15 days depending on what you decide to grow.
The short growth span makes it possible to produce microgreens on the darkest winter
windowsill. Those of you with no experience can easily grow microgreens because the
plants only need to be kept alive for a few weeks and most of the growing needs are
within the seed. Don’t worry if they grow a little leggy in the process, it does
not hurt the flavor.
Nutritional info: Vitamins A, B, C, E and K Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Lecithin, Magnesium,
Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium Amino Acids Trace Elements Antioxidants Protein:
up to 30%
1. A container (can be most any material) that is at least 4 inches deep with or
without drainage holes in the bottom. Size will depend on how much you plan to grow.
2. A tray that is bigger than the container, if you are using one with drainage,
so it will contain any water overflow. We like to use small rocks or in it to hold
the bottom of the tray up for good drainage.
3. A flat, smooth piece of wood of other material that will fit into the container
so you can press the potting mix flat.
4. Natural unbleached paper towels or coffee filters.
5. A spray bottle with a misting type head, this can be the small cup size if you
are growing just a single container.
6. A clear piece of plastic a little larger than the container to put on top to give
the seeds a micro greenhouse atmosphere.
7. A bag of organic potting mix. Many garden centers now carry organic products.
8. We prefer organic seeds that we get online from seed companies like Johnny Seeds,
but you can get regular seeds for most garden centers.
9. A small container to put the seeds in for soaking.
10. Turf & Garden Pro to mix with water for soaking seeds for faster and better germination.
Fill your container with your organic potting mix. Take the block of wood or other
material you have selected and press the soil down to where it is level and firm
but not too tightly packed. Spread you seeds evenly as possible on top of the potting
mixtures surface. If you are using very small seeds it helps to mix them with a
small amount of sand so the will spread more evenly. Take your spray bottle and
mix 1 teaspoon of Turf & Garden Pro for every cup of water. Spray the surface of
the potting mixture so it is just moist. The Turf & Garden Pro speeds germination
and give the seeds needed nutrient and beneficial soil biology for stronger growth.
The water you use does make a difference. We collect and use rainwater but any
good clean water is OK. If you are using city water that is chlorinated put is in
an open container overnight so the chlorine will dissipate.
Seed Germination Stage:
It may take a couple times to get the right amount of seeds for the container you
are using. You can get too many so do not completely cover the surface with seeds.
Next cover the inside of the container evenly with the unbleached paper towels or
coffee filters so it lays flat on top of the potting soil. Use the spray bottle
to wet the paper towels until are they are moist. Place the clear plastic cover
over the container to create your mini-greenhouse. Mist the paper towels daily till
the seeds geminate always putting the clear plastic back in place.
After the seeds have sprouted into the two-leaf stage, carefully remove the paper
towel and remove the cover so they get plenty of light and air. Keep the potting
mix moist using the Turf & Garden Promix you have in your spray bottle.
We have used the leaves from the two-leaf stage up to five or six, and have found
them very tasty and high in nutrients. This is a great way to have fresh greens
for salads and cooking year around. There are a number of sites with information
about all of the greens that you can grow and the different taste effects you can
come up with in your cooking.