How to properly fertilize your lawn! Know your numbers.


[Wide shot of man pushing a fertilizer spreader
along the edge of his yard. Fertilizer is being thrown onto the street (near a storm
drain). A white panel van comes to a quick stop and the “Lawn Patrol” jumps out throws
him into the van. Inside of van. Bright lights are shining on man’s face. ]
>>Man: What’s the? Who are? Dr. Reese Ikle: [in a harsh tone] Mr. Smith
of 100 Elm Street?>>Man: Yes, but.
>>Dr. Reese: We’ll ask the questions. Mr. Smith, do you know your numbers?
>>Man: My numbers? We’ll…>>Dr. Reese: Really? Then why are you still
using an all-purpose fertilizer on your lawn. You know when you get that on the drive or
street, it’s just one step away from storm drains and ends up in our streams and lakes.
Obviously, you don’t know your numbers!>>Man: What are you talking about?
>>Dr. Reese: [much lighter mood] Let me introduce myself, I’m Dr. Reese Ickle and this is
my assistant Bart. And we’re here to help you “Know Your Numbers!”
Every bag of fertilizer has three sets of numbers. They stand for Nitrogen, Phosphorus
and Potassium. Most people think all the numbers have to be high in order to grow a healthy
lawn. But, using fertilizer high in phosphorous, the middle number doesn’t help your lawn.
In fact, when fertilizer or soil is swept or washed into the street or storm drain,
phosphorous ends up in local streams and lakes.>>Man: So, I should always look for a zero
or three as the middle number?>>Dr Reese: [Limbo music is playing and Bart
is trying to limbo in the background] That’s right! See how low you can go!
>>Man: Thanks Dr. Reese. Can I go now?>>Dr Reese: Clean water means a better quality
of life for all Hoosiers. Find out more about low phosphorous fertilizers and eco-friendly
lawn care by visiting www.HoosiersCare.IN.gov.>>Bart: How low can YOU go?

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