Weather permitting, Facilities Management Outdoor Services staff will be applying Richlawn Organic 100 5-3-2 fertilizer to campus lawns between Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 30.
The fertilizer has a distinct odor due to poultry waste being used as the base ingredient. There is also some dust produced from the application of the product. Upon completion of the application, Facilities Management Outdoor Services staff will irrigate to wash the dust off the turf and help break down the fertilizer particles. Other than the dust being a potential respiratory irritant, there are no health hazards related to this product application. All lawn areas will be ready for normal use after it has been washed in by weather and/or irrigation.
The use of organic fertilizers on campus turf is one of the strategies that will help us move towards our goal of reducing synthetic pesticide usage. Sustainable landscape maintenance practices are also achieved as we using an organic fertilizer product made locally (Platteville, CO) instead of petroleum-derived synthetic fertilizer.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Zac Cameron (Turf & Equipment Manager).