Lawn Fertilizer again

Posted on: Sat, 04/05/2008 - 1:25pm
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It's that time of the year again. I searched this site and found many conflicting information on Scott's lawn fertilizer from last year's posts. Many new updates on this? What do your families use for lawn fertilizer and potting soil?

Posted on: Sat, 04/05/2008 - 1:52pm
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Hi,
we use an all Organic fertilizer...safe for the dogs and the kids!
[url="http://www.purebarnyard.com/cockadoodledoo/fertilizer.asp"]http://www.purebarnyard.com/cockadoodledoo/fertilizer.asp[/url]

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2008 - 10:36am
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We have used Scott's and Home Depot's own brand for years. Never a problem and never did I think to call.
However, one of our local nurseries uses a potting mix with peanut shells mixed in. I will not buy any of those plants. In fact, one year I did and I returned them when I realized what was in the mix after I was planting them. They thought I was crazy but oh well.

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2008 - 10:48pm
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I got this from email Scott Last year...
Thank you for your interest in Scotts and for the opportunity to help you with your lawn and garden endeavors.
Scotts does use peanut products in some of its products. Below is a list of products that contain peanut products in them.
ORTHO BUG-B-GON MAX LAWN INSECT KILLER GRANULE
BASIC SOLUTIONS LAWN & GARDEN INSECT KILLER GRANULE
ORTHO LAWN DEFENSE
BASIC SOLUTIONS FIRE ANT KILLER GRANULE
EXPERT GARDENER WEED & FEED
EXPERT GARDENER WINTERIZER PLUS WEED KILLER
KGRO FIRE ANT KILLER
KGRO DIAZINON SOIL & TURF INSECT CONTROL
LOWES WEED AND FEED 18-0-9, S12674
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your interest in Scotts. Please feel free to contact our company anytime we may be of assistance.
Sarah Pennington
Consumer Response Representative
The Scotts Company and Subsidiaries
14111 Scottslawn Road
Marysville, OH 43041
Ref # 6081624

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2008 - 11:25pm
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The ones we've used have been the Scott's Steps 1-5. I'll look this year to see if any of the above are one of those.
Like I said, we have never had a problem.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2008 - 7:51am
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Hi everyone,I called Scotts today and was not happy with the answer. The customer service rep.'s name is Jane, an older lady. She was nice enough to look up my items (Starter Fertilizer)but you can tell she does not know what is going on. When I mentioned how server peanut allergy could be, she said she understands because she has "some allergies" but when I asked why is the company not labeling the allergens, she told me : " oh, the use of peanuts might be so little, it's not important to list it on the package....!" Will you accept that answer?
I will look for the organic type that is nut free for my lawn, or I can live with a ugly lawn, but will not risk my child's life over this.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2008 - 9:15am
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Are fertilizer companies required to list this info? I know animal feed products (like bird seed) are not required to do so. I would think it may be the same for all agricultural products, however I don't know enough about it to be sure.
I know that fertilizer can be anywhere, however. Our town parks use it, local baseball fields, areas around the town pool where the kids run barefoot, etc. It's impossible to keep your kids off all these surfaces.
My uncle used to make his own lawn fertilizer out of beer and I think a mixture of a few drops of dish liquid. Sounds crazy but he had a very green lawn! You may be able to find a homemade fertilizer recipe on the web.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2008 - 3:13pm
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Originally Posted By: ljAre fertilizer companies required to list this info? I know animal feed products (like bird seed) are not required to do so. I would think it may be the same for all agricultural products, however I don't know enough about it to be sure.
I know that fertilizer can be anywhere, however. Our town parks use it, local baseball fields, areas around the town pool where the kids run barefoot, etc. It's impossible to keep your kids off all these surfaces.
My uncle used to make his own lawn fertilizer out of beer and I think a mixture of a few drops of dish liquid. Sounds crazy but he had a very green lawn! You may be able to find a homemade fertilizer recipe on the web.
There's a guy called, I believe, Jerry Baker. He has recipes for those homemade garden solutions. He might have them online-I used to get his newsletter in my snail mail but haven't in ages.

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2008 - 10:29am
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In Sept I spent a lot of time finding safe planting material for the kids to use in pre-K through 2nd grade. Scott's and Miracle Grow both said that they were going to begin labeling all their products for peanut and nut. They also said that the closer your state is to a peanut growing state the more likely the material would contain peanut/nut ingredients. I am in Florida so very close to Georgia (yikes). I finally found a safe mix to pot inside and outside plants from Loew's by a Canadian company called Lambert. They said no peanuts/nus in their products.

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2008 - 10:49am
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thanks Danielle. I hope Home Depot has that brand. I can find a Lowe's if they don't though.

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