For years, all fertilizers were judged on their price per ton. If Fertilizer A cost $500 a ton, then it was cheaper than Fertilizer B with a price of $600 per ton. It seemed easy to always pick the lower price and figure that was the best deal.
Over time though, superintendents (and farmers for that matter) became more sophisticated. They knew more about plant nutrition and how plants varied in their nutritional needs. They began to break down fertilizers into total nutrients. So, a 10-5-10 held 25% nutrition while a 12-6-12 had 30%. This led to a few calculations by the growers and users as to the price per pound of nutrients supplied. Thus, only figuring cost per ton was not the best way to judge a bargain, but rather cost per pound of nutrient supplied.
As budgets for fertilizer started to get more critically analyzed, superintendents took another step toward figuring actual cost in trying to realize any savings in their expenses. Fertilizer formula alone wasn’t enough, but they began to take into account nutrient availability. This led to considering nutrient sources.
If a manager needed 15% N, but didn’t want it all available at one time, he started taking into account the source from which the nutrition was derived. He figured % N, % Soluble N, % Water Insoluble N, % coated material and other factors. Particle size, inherent elemental availability, ease of application and many other considerations were factored into buying decisions. It’s a rather complex process to finding the best price.
Today, even more factors have to be taken into account. Fertilizer budget line items also impact equipment budget line items, which have an impact on labor budgets. Water use and cost, as well as runoff and leaching, must be considered for any turf management system, whether golf, sports or recreation. No longer is there any wiggle room in budgets, and only the sharpest and most astute managers can succeed.
As a plant nutrition specialist and key supplier to the turf industry, we must think past cost per ton, past cost per pound of nutrient supplied and past cost per pound of nutrient available. Each turf management situation is a system, and in a system every action affects other parts of the system.
So, how does Nature Safe save money? By supplying slowly available nutrition that resists leaching and runoff, that is 100% available, that is ready to be taken up when the plant needs it and at a reasonable cost, in an easily applied form on a consistent and programmable basis.
Supplying Nutrition. No other organic has the level of nutrition IN THE BAG, as does Nature Safe. Our experience and proprietary sources allow us to formulate organic analyses higher than other organics and comparable to many conventional fertilizers
Slowly Available. Nutrition Nature Safe releases over a 10-12 week period, avoiding nutrient dump. The typical nutrient dump of more soluble compounds means, WASTE from runoff, WASTE from leaching, MORE WATER demand to avoid burning and RAMPANT growth that requires MORE mowing. It also means lower dry weight and more succulent and tender growth that is easy prey to insects, and especially fungi. How much are you saving with low priced soluble compounds when a high percentage is wasted by runoff and leaching and more is spent on water and labor for mowing?
100% Available. Typical organics, such as manures, sludges and composts, release 30 – 50% of their nutrition over the first year, making their already low analysis effectively much lower. With Nature Safe you get what you pay for and you know how it will be used.
Ready When the Plants Are. All the availability in the world doesn’t help if release is too fast or too slow to help the plant. Nature Safe nutrition is well suited to achieving good growth without loss or damage.
Programmable Products. Nature Safe is tested multiple times to insure consistent, high quality that is up to specs so it fits into an overall production program. No surprises means you can build application practices that are repeatable and effective and that positively impact the overall IPM effectiveness of your customer’s programs. In addition, the longer a Nature Safe program is used, the more effective and efficient it becomes (see
fertilizer factory effect information on page 4 of our brochure).
Nature Safe saves on:
- Nutrition in the bag that is not wasted
- Nutrition that is available, and at a rate the plant can use it
- Less labor and cost on watering
- Less labor and machine upkeep on mowing
- Less clippings produced
- No special application tools needed
- Repeatable practices for consistency and ease in training personnel
- Lower disease pressure, meaning less spraying
- Lower fungicide cost
- Better stress resistance can mean more durability in drought or heavy rain
Don’t be fooled by the cost of a ton. Nature Safe can save you tons throughout the year, in many aspects of your operation.