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Milorganite Organic Lawn Fertilizer Info

By Allyn Paul, filed under Environmental Info, Lawn Tips.



The straight poop on Milorganite Organic Lawn and Landscape Fertilizer… I use it on my own lawn, and customer lawns and and it has always delivered quality, safe results. The good folks at Milorganite have not paid me to write about this. I do it to help you!

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milorganite bagMilorganite is an organic nitrogen fertilizer produced by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Popularized in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s, it consists of processed sludge from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District Jones Island Waste Water Treatment Plant. It’s name comes from the combination of “Milwaukee,” “organic” and “nitrogen.”
Milorganite contains microbes that have digested nutrients from the sewage stream along with added iron, used to strip phosphorus from the waste water flowing into Lake Michigan.
That’s right friends, this 100% organic fertilizer product is processed poop! But man does it offer a lot of benefits:

Milorganite benefits:

  1. Adds natural nitrogen to your lawn slowly: Milorganite contains 6% nitrogen in natural, biosolid form. This means nitrogen is released slowly and will not burn the lawn or ruin the soil like synthetic nitrogen fertilizers can. Milorganite is “goof proof,” meaning you can’t burn your lawn even if you put down too much.
  2. Contains micronutrient iron: Milorganite also contains significant amount of iron. For those who are not aware, iron is what makes Kentucky Blue Grass “blue.” However, adding iron to lawns using synthetic products adds a major risk of concrete staining. Milorganite’s slow-released iron will not stain your concrete or masonry work.
  3. Acts as a Deer Repellant: It’s not been scientifically proven, but many sources sware that milorganite placed around trees and shrubs will keep deer away. In addition, your plants will benefit from the nutrients.
    Milorganite is organic: if you are looking to use products in your lawn and landscape that are more environmentally friendly, then Milorganite is a good choice. It won’t burn your lawn or leach into the groundwater like overly-applied synthetics can.



Some drawbacks to Milorganite

  1. You have to put down a lot of it: Some people are put off by the large amounts of Milorganite that you must put on your lawn to get results. It is recommended in Spring time to put down 17 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn area. This is compared to synthetic fertilizers where the recommended amount is less than 1 pound per 1,000 square feet. Remember, organics are not as concentrated as synthetic fertilizers.
  2. There is a smell to it: Some people are really put off by the smell of Milorganite (deer too apparently) as it is made from processed sewage. In my personal opinion, the smell is not any worse than any other garden smell and it’s gone in a couple days.
  3. Milorganite does not break down in cool weather: Since it is organic, Milorganite requires heat to release nutrients into the soil so it does not work well in early Spring and late Fall.

What about the heavy metals?
I am no chemist, but some people over the years have warned that Milorganite releases high amounts of heavy metals such as zinc, copper and arsenic into the soil. I’ve combed their website and they claim that Milorganite metal levels are no more than any other fertilizer product on the market today. I believe them!

The best time to apply Milorganite to your lawn is late April as this is the time when temps are rising. If you decide to use Milorganite as your organic lawn fertilizer choice, you will probably only to need to apply it 3 times per year as it is a slow release product.
I recommend applications of 17 pounds per 1,000 square feet in April, June and September.


Final Note: Milorganite is also a great source of slow-release iron for your landscape perennials. If your woody ornamentals or soft perennials have yellowed leaves, milorganite will help restore an iron deficiency.

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41 Responses to “Milorganite Organic Lawn Fertilizer Info”

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    Can I get that stuff all the way out here in podunk Oregon???? I’m sold! Exactly what I believe multiple things on this property need…some real Sh…errr poop…to snap em into awareness…..LOL

    T

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  36. Shirley Schwartz Says:
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    I have already applied my Scotts w/halts. I planned on useing the Weed and Feed in April and the 1st application of Milorganite in May. Will this be alright? I want to aerate this fall and over seed with a tall fescue. Zone 5.
    Thank you

  37. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hi Shirley and thank you for stopping by the blog. If you get my really really well written (but cheap) ebook, it will answer all your questions about what to put on your lawn.
    you can find it here: Lawn Treatment Schedule

  38. Archie Combs Says:
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    What stores sell this in Georgia. I’ve looked at Home Depot,Lowes,Walmart,and Kmart.

    Thanks

  39. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hi Archie,
    you can order online at the link I provide in this post. That is cheap for Milorganite even with the shipping. Trust me that it works, but you should also get my book along with it for seven bucks.
    AL

  40. Ervin Says:
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    Hi Allyn I’ve already put down Ironinte on my lawn.What will if anything will happen if I put milorganite down too. I live in the Wilmington NC area. Thank You

  41. Allyn Paul Says:
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    hey Ervin,
    you will be gine, the two will not interfere with one another.
    Remember, you put down 15-18 lbs per thousand square feet of lawn when using milorganite… it’s a lot, but it is slow release and long lasting

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