Scott's Miracle Grow bashes organic products, but its claims are contradicted
Scott's Miracle-Gro says:
With more consumers leaning toward sustainable and organic alternatives to synthetic products, the confusion can be even greater. For example, while customers may have the best intentions in purchasing an organic fertilizer, they might not realize that a bag of product isnâ€™t just a bag of product, says Bruce Augustin, senior director of research & development for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
â€œA bag of conventional fertilizer that covers 5,000 square feet weighs about 15 pounds. If you want to use an organic fertilizer at the same level of nutrient application, which is the key, it will weigh about 75 pounds,â€ Augustin says. â€œMany homeowners think all the products do the same job, so when you look at a seven to 10 times difference in concentration of nutrients in one bag versus another, there can be a great deal of confusion.â€
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An organic manufacturer says:
"Chemical fertilizers feed the plant, not the soil. They provide a highly concentrated amount of nitrogen to the plant resulting in instant green up (2 to 3 days), but the effectiveness doesn't last. Organic fertilizers feed the soil, break down slowly and feed the plant only the amount of nutrients that the plant calls for. When you purchase a 40 lb. bag of chemical fertilizer with a NPK value of 29-2-4 you are getting 35% synthetic chemical nutrients and 65% or 26 lbs. of inert ingredients that contribute nothing. When you purchase a bag of Converted Organics 8-1-4 NPK you get 14% all natural usable nutrients and 86% organic matter that enriches and restores the microbial activity in the soil."