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Garden Center: Milorganite FAQ's
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How should I set my fertilizer spreader to correctly apply Milorganite? Is Milorganite safe for children and pets?
What if my pet eats Milorganite? I heard that Milorganite contains heavy metals. Is that true?
I heard that Milorganite contains heavy metals. Is that true? What does the 5-2-0 on the bag mean?
What is the difference between Organic and "Regular" fertilizers? Does Milorganite need to be watered in to work?
Can Milorganite be applied in the summer or during drought? Can Milorganite be applied to my wet lawn?
Is it true that Milorganite will keep deer away? Can Milorganite be used in combination with other fertilizers ( pesticides)?
Does Milorganite kill weeds? Does Milorganite contain grass seed?
When can Milorganite be applied?

How should I set my fertilizer spreader to correctly apply Milorganite?
While settings for the most widely used spreaders on the market are printed on the Milorganite bag, it is not possible to test the setting for every available spreader. They have included Spreader Settings for the spreaders which have been tested and step-by-step Spreader Calibration Instructions to determine the proper setting for spreaders that are not listed on the Milorganite bag.

Is Milorganite safe for children and pets?
Yes. Children and pets can safely go onto areas that have been fertilized with Milorganite. Milorganite meets the most stringent criteria imposed on any fertilizer product for health, safety and environmental concerns. However, use cautionary measures around open bags of Milorganite and store unused portions away from children and pets.

What if my pet eats Milorganite?
If your pet does eat Milorganite, you can rest assured that Milorganite meets the strictest health and safety regulations imposed on any fertilizer product and won't seriously harm the animal. We do recommend, however, that you store unused Milorganite away from children and pets as it may give them an upset stomach if it is ingested. For further information, please call (800) 304-6204.

I heard that Milorganite contains heavy metals. Is that true?
Yes, that is true. All fertilizers, both organic and synthetic, contain some heavy metals. In fact, plants need some heavy metals, such as zinc and copper and molybdenum, for normal, healthy growth. Milorganite meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Exceptional Quality" criteria, which establishes the strictest concentration limits in the fertilizer industry for heavy metals. Many other common fertilizer products exceed the limits for metal concentrations established by the EPA "Exceptional Quality" standards. Milorganite, though, can be used with confidence for all your fertilizing needs, including use on all types of grass, trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens.

Can I use Milorganite for my vegetable garden?
Yes. Milorganite is an excellent and safe fertilizer for all plants that grow outdoors, including vegetables and other edible crops. Milorganite is practically goof-proof since it won't burn plants-even if it is over applied.

What does the 5-2-0 on the bag mean?
The 5-2-0 guarantees that Milorganite contains at least 5% Nitrogen, 2% Phosphorous and 0% Potassium by weight.

What is the difference between Organic and ‘Regular’ fertilizers?
Organic nutrients are "stored" in complex organic molecules until soil microorganisms break them down and "release" the nutrients for plant use. Regular synthetic fertilizers are chemical-based and need to be watered in.

Does Milorganite need to be watered in to work?
No. It is not necessary to water in Milorganite for it to work. Milorganite will stay on the soil until it rains or irrigation activates soil microbes that break it down into its nutrients. Watering in Milorganite will ensure that the fertilizer achieves soil contact earlier and speed up the fertilizing process, but it is not necessary.

Can Milorganite be applied in the summer or during drought?
Yes. Milorganite does not contain any salts so it will not burn plant leaves during dry or hot periods.

Can Milorganite be applied to my wet lawn?
Yes. Milorganite does not contain any salts so it can be used on a wet lawn.

Is it true that Milorganite will keep deer away?
There is information published in the common press and on web sites that state that Milorganite is a deer repellent. Milorganite is not registered with the US EPA as a deer repellent yet.

Can Milorganite be used in combination with other fertilizers (pesticides)?
Yes. Milorganite can be used as a complete lawn fertility program or with other products as part of your program. When you use Milorganite as part of an overall program, do not over-apply nitrogen fertilizer. You should be applying, depending on your location and grass type, one pound of nitrogen per application, three to six times per year.

Does Milorganite kill weeds?
No. Milorganite is strictly a fertilizer. However, a thick lawn will choke out existing weeds and help prevent weeds from germinating seedlings.

Does Milorganite contain grass seed?
No. You can mix grass seed with Milorganite to ‘bulk up’ seed to make it easier to spread.

When can Milorganite be applied?
Milorganite can be applied any time during the growing season and it is suitable for your climate and growing conditions. It can be applied at any time of day.

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