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Schulz 'GOOD STUFF ' Lawn Food builds soil health and fertility.
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Easy to Use - Granular Corn Gluten Meal Formula - Apply Spring & Fall - Only Twice Per Year
Works Naturally Over Time To Increase Plant Vigor By Increasing Soil Fertility
Natural Weed Protection - Builds Thick Healthy Turf that Outcompetes Weeds - Chemicals Become Unnecessary
FACTS ABOUT 'GOOD STUFF' LAWN FOOD AND CORN GLUTEN MEAL
ORVALLIS, Ore. – Corn gluten meal is a natural substitute for a synthetic “pre-emergence” herbicide and has been advertised as a more environmentally friendly way to control weeds.
A pre-emergent herbicide is one that kills seedlings as they germinate. Pre-emergent herbicides generally have to be applied and watered in before weed seeds germinate. Other herbicides, such as glyphosate (e.g. Round Up) kill plants after they have emerged.
A by-product of commercial corn milling, corn gluten meal contains protein from the corn. It poses no health risk to people or animals when used as an herbicide. With 60 percent protein it is used as feed for livestock, fish and dogs. It contains 10 percent nitrogen, by weight, so it acts as a fertilizer as well.
The use of corn gluten meal as an herbicide was discovered by accident during turfgrass disease research at Iowa State University. Researchers noticed that it prevented grass seeds from sprouting. Further research at Iowa State showed that it also effectively prevents other seeds from sprouting, including seeds from many weeds such as crabgrass, chickweed, and even dandelions. Components in corn gluten meal called dipeptides are apparently responsible for herbicidal activity.
Researchers at Oregon State University were not able to duplicate research results reported by Iowa State researchers, said OSU turf grass specialist Tom Cook. A former graduate student, Chris Hilgert completed his masters thesis by investigating corn gluten meal use as a pre-emergent herbicide in shrub beds and on lawns.
In their trials with corn gluten meal, Hilgert and Cook found the following: Corn gluten meal did not control any weeds in any trials under any circumstances over a two-year period. They found no evidence of pre- or post-emergence weed control in any of their trials. Because it contains 10 percent nitrogen, corn gluten meal proved to be a very effective fertilizer, causing lush, dense growth of turfgrass and of weeds in shrub beds.
Because it contains 10 percent nitrogen, corn gluten meal proved to be a very effective fertilizer, causing lush, dense growth of turfgrass.
Thicker, denser turf from will reduce weed numbers alone, without the help of herbicides. Applying 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet of corn gluten meal would be equivalent to two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
Tradional lawn fertilizers go heavy on the nitrogen and herbicides that leave the soil compacted and depleted of humus, earthworms and beneficial soil microbes. Instead, "Good Stuff" organic Lawn Food feeds and builds the soil under the grass with a superior blend of corn gluten meal, soybean meal, alfalfa meal, wheat, molasses and minerals.
Unlike synthetic fertilizers, "Good Stuff" corn gluten fertilizer fertilizer feeds the soil. Your soil is a tiny ecosystem that depends on minerals and microbes for maximum health. "Good Stuff" Lawn Food adds nutrients and minerals to the soil to encourage maximum microbial growth, without burning the plants or leeching into groundwater. With balance restored, your plants grow to their full health and growth potential. A healthy lawn can out compete most weeds, survive most insect attacks, and fend off most diseases before these problems ever get the upper hand.
Almost too god to be true, "Good Stuff" is formulated to provide every nutrient turf requires. The blend of nutrients in "Good Stuff" causes roots to grow 30% more dense and more extensive than is possible with any other fertilizer. "Good Stuff" is blended from Corn gluten meal, soybean meal, alphalfa meal, wheat, minerals and molasses.
If you want to discourage weeds from germinating and growing in your garden beds over the winter, try adding mulch to soil surfaces. Use a minimum of three to six inches of composted material. Tuck mulch up to the shoulders of your perennials, but don't cover the growing crown until freezing cold weather sets in. If you cover plant crowns too soon, they may begin to grow under the mulch and could be killed when temperatures dip.
Shredded bark, leaves, hay, wood chips, or yard waste all offer benefits. Large chunky material such as fresh clean wood chips and bark nuggets work best for weed control, as they are low in available nutrients so won’t fertilize germinating weeds.
A low-nutrient mulch such as well-rotted sawdust will benefit shrubs such as roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. Lilies, dahlias and spring bulbs will do better with this type of mulching also. But be aware that composted sawdust or other fine organic material may contribute to weed growth.
Dormant vegetable beds can use a six-inch blanket of manure and leaves. Rhubarb and asparagus beds do best covered with a mix of well-composted straw and manure.
Over the winter, the composted material will mix with the soil, so a second application of mulch in March or April will keep your garden soil in better condition.
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Schulz Organic Fertilizer was born as a subdivision of Schulz Sod Farms and Landscape, Inc. The Schulz family of companies have been involved with horticulture and the green industry for many generations. Starting in Germany before moving to Minnesota, the Schulz family has been focused on perfecting their skills in horticulture while producing apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, every kind of vegetable, then landscape nursery stock plant materials and finally cultured mineral soil sod and Christmas trees. Through the years the soil remediation product "Good Stuff" lawn food was perfected.
Larry Schulz was superintendent of grounds for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for 30 years and achieved national status for his award winning work on the Mayo campus and in the City of Rochester.
Today the Schulz Company focus remains on horticulture. Having perfected a scientifically blended proprietary formula of grain and plant ingredients, Schulz companies now offers "Good Stuff" brand of lawn food to the public. "Good Stuff" is scientifically designed to restore and revitalize soil life and produce more root growth than any other fertilizer no matter whether it is organic or synthetic.
Root development is the key to a vigorous, healthy, dense lawn. Only dense turf can resist weeds.
"Good Stuff" Fertilizer is the easiest to apply to lawns and gardens. The formula is granular and is not dusty nor smelly. All the ingredients are food grade. The fertilizer requires two applications per year, one in the Spring and the second in the Fall. The nutrients are released over a period of 90 to 120 days by microbial activity in the soil, thus the soil and the plants are consistantly fed. The feast and famine common with other fertilizers is non-existant with "Good Stuff".
Question and answer
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. We provide the absolute best scientifically blended formulation of organic ingredients to make chemical-free lawn care easy for the average homeowner.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Making a lawn grow beautifully without using chemicals is easier than ever before using Schulz "Good Stuff" Organic Fertilizer.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask for a list of ingredients to compare to our fertilizer.
Ask if the fertilizer is formulated with corn gluten meal or a cheaper, less desirable corn meal.
Ask if the fertilizer contains a blend of meal products that enhance the activity of soil organisms to increase the fertility of the soil.
Ask if the fertilizer has any objectionable odor or dust.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. How much time is required to convert from a synthetic fertilizer and chemically treated lawn to a successful organic and healthy chemical free lawn? What involvment is required on the part on the lawn owner?
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