Bay Area Landscape Company Saves 2,000 Labor Hours with Spread it & Forget it™

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Landscape and Lawn Care Companies Realize Cost Savings and Environmental Benefits of Season-Long Fertilizer

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I used to put fertilizer down four or five times per year. Now, with Spread it & Forget it, I'm applying fertilizer only twice and I get turf that stays green and lush for the entire season

Turf professionals nationwide are saving time and money with Spread it & Forget it™ season-long fertilizer, which is formulated to effectively feed lawns and professional turf for six months or more with just one application. Gachina Landscape Management, a full-service landscape management company based in Menlo Park, Calif., uses Spread it & Forget it on more than 300 commercial sites and saves 2,000 labor hours per growing season with the long-lasting controlled-release fertilizer.

Servicing commercial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including office parks, HOA communities, retail complexes, apartments and municipalities, Gachina Landscape Management has reduced the frequency of its fertilizer applications by more than 50 percent by using Spread it & Forget it.

“I used to put fertilizer down four or five times per year. Now, with Spread it & Forget it, I’m applying fertilizer only twice and I get turf that stays green and lush for the entire season,” said Clifton Randolph, south bay branch manager, Gachina Landscape Management. “That’s saved me a total of 4,000 hours of labor in the past two years, which is great for my bottom line.”

Gachina Landscape Management first used Spread it & Forget it on a two-acre site in 2009 as part of a product trial program. The success of Spread it & Forget it at that site drove Randolph to recommend the product for more than 300 customer sites, ranging in size from one acre to 30 acres, that are serviced by Gachina Landscape Management’s south bay branch.

As a landscape company in the San Francisco Bay Area, Gachina Landscape Management is also particularly concerned about the environmental impact of fertilizers. Its customers appreciate the environmental benefits that Spread it & Forget it provides.

Spread it & Forget it utilizes advanced-generation polymer coating technology to gradually release nutrients as plants need them, which protects the environment against nitrogen loss and enables up to 40 percent less total nitrogen to be applied per year. By releasing nutrients steadily over time, Spread it & Forget it minimizes potential nutrient losses to the environment, atmosphere and groundwater. Because the nutrient release is activated by temperature, it isn’t affected by rainfall or irrigation so turf professionals avoid growth flushes and nitrogen runoff from excessive moisture.

“With Spread it & Forget it, I’m able to put down less product and less total nitrogen each year,” added Randolph. “And, Spread it & Forget it stays in place. It doesn’t dissipate and run into the San Francisco Bay—that’s important to me and to my customers.”

Each Spread it & Forget it blend is formulated with 90 percent or more of its nitrogen from DURATION CR® controlled-release fertilizer and up to 10 percent from a quickly available nitrogen source for immediate greening. Spread it & Forget it products are available with and without pre-emergent herbicides for crabgrass control for added convenience and efficiency.

“Spread it & Forget it addresses the many agronomic, economic and environmental challenges that turf professionals face,” said Bryan Gooch, product marketing manager, Agrium Advanced Technologies. “It allows them to spread fertilizer once, instead of multiple times, keeps turf green and healthy for a full growing season and saves them time and money throughout the season.”

Gachina Landscape Management purchases Spread it & Forget it from Target Specialty Products™. Spread it & Forget it is also available from Horizon Distributors™, Howard Fertilizer, ProAp™, Wilco-Winfield LLC and Agrium Advanced Technologies Direct Solutions. For more information, please visit or call 888.757.0072.

About Agrium Advanced Technologies
Agrium Advanced Technologies is a strategic business unit of Agrium Inc., a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in both North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium Advanced Technologies is the leading manufacturer and marketer of slow- and controlled-release fertilizers and micronutrients in the Agriculture, professional Turf and Ornamental, consumer lawn and garden, and specialty agriculture markets. Agrium Advanced Technologies' brands include: ESN®, POLYON®, XCU®, NITROFORM®, NUTRALENE® and DURATION CR® slow- and controlled-release fertilizers, ULTRA YIELD® Micronutrients, AMP™ and PRECISE® controlled-release plant protection. These products utilize proprietary advanced generation technologies to control nutrient release for improved plant growth and environmental performance.

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