Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 9, 2010
As homeowners put away the snow shovels and prepare for the spring planting season, there’s new evidence that chemical fertilizers widely available on garden center shelves may be hiding some unsavory secrets.
“Most commercial fertilizer is chemical-based,” explained William A. Torello, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development at Converted Organics™, a Boston-based all-natural fertilizer company. “This means it can cause irritation to eyes and skin if there is direct contact with the product, even after application.” He continued to say that so many synthetic fertilizer products suggest a “waiting period” before letting pets or children on chemically treated lawns. Chemicals commonly found in fertilizer can even impact the eco-system as a whole, threatening native plants and the environment.
So, is natural better? Many organic fertilizers, while free of hazardous chemicals, contain equally undesirable ingredients. “A lot of consumers are unaware that they are applying human waste, bio-solids and animal or chicken manures to their lawns and gardens,” said Torello. “Just because a product is organic doesn’t mean you want it in your yard.”
Torello recommends that homeowners “read the fine print” before purchasing a fertilizer product. “The best fertilizer works the way nature intended,” he explained, “by adding essential nutrients to the soil which in turn, support healthy, vigorous plant growth.”
Torello is enthusiastic about a granular fertilizer produced by Converted Organics™ in their New Jersey plant. “Our Converted Organics™ 8-1-4 product is a true innovation for homeowners,” he said. “It’s the first 100% all-natural organic fertilizer that’s made entirely from pasteurized and homogenized food waste collected from supermarkets and other outlets—fruits, vegetables, meat and grains that would otherwise end up in landfills.” So, there’s the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gases because food waste is diverted from landfills.
Field trials have shown that the Converted Organics™ 8-1-4
product is as good as—or better than—other commercial fertilizers for lawns and gardens, and has some added benefits, too. “We’re seeing that you can water less often, and that our fertilizer naturally suppresses common grass diseases,” said Torello. “It’s the whole package.”
For more information about Converted Organics™ and its other fertilizers, contact David A. Flannery, Vice President of Marketing, at 877-665-0444. Or visit at http://www.convertedorganics.com.