Pros: greens up your lawn, recycles sewage
Cons: it stinks like poop
In the past I have used Milorganite which works great to green up your lawn, but it has a side effect of stinking up your yard for a week or so.
What is Milorganite
Milorganite is a fertilizer that is made from sludge from a sewage treatment plant in Milwaukee Wisc. Yes you read that right. It's made from human poop and other waste that comes into the sewage treatment plant in Milwaukee. Now I know that sounds gross but when you think about it, it is rather responsible to reuse this stuff instead of just letting it pile up.
After the sewage is broken down by micro organisms it is dried and heated to a temperature that kills anything that might be living in it. The only thing that the process does not kill is the smell. If you open up a bag of Milorganite and it smells like poop, that's because it is one of the main ingredients.
My only problem with this is that all the other things that are dumped down the drain are also in the bag. Even though it sounds natural I am not convinced it is safe. That and the smell is the reason I stopped using it.
What's in the bag
Total Nitrogen (N) 5.0%
0.50% Water-Soluble Nitrogen
4.50% Water-Insoluble Nitrogen (Slowly Available)
Available Phosphate (P2O5) 2.0%
Calcium (Ca) 1.2%
Total Iron (Fe) 4.0%
Nutrients Derived from Biosolids
Company claims about product
Non-Burning Foolproof application. No need to water in! Use in the hottest weather!
Slow Release Provides uniform growth and a well-established root system.
Rich in Iron Provides a rich green color and maintains it over periods of heat stress.
Environmentally friendly Resists leaching.
How to use it
Use a broadcast or drop spreader to spread the granulated fertilizer on your lawn, or garden. Use this formula to determine how much to buy
50 ft. wide by 100 ft. deep existing lawn
50 x 100 = 5,000 sq. ft. lawn
2,500 sq. ft. per bag Milorganite?
5,000 / 2,500 = 2 bags Milorganite? for your lawn
More info about Milorganite
Milorganite is advertized to be safely used around pets and children but it is recommended that if your pet or child actually eats it to contact your doctor/vet/poison control. For this reason it is recommended that you store it away from children and pets. I personally would keep my kids off of it until the smell goes away.
The 5-2-0 guarantees that Milorganite contains at least 5% Nitrogen, 2% Phosphorous and 0% Potassium by weight
According to the manufacturer you can use Milorganite in your veggie garden but I personally would not.
You can put Milorganite down on wet or dry lawns, in heat or cold. It will not burn your lawn unless you dump a pile in one spot.
Some people claim that Milorganite repels deer but this has not been established. Probably the smell keeps them away. If it really does repel deer I would have to wonder about the safety since sometimes animals know better than people what is healthy for them.
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.
Milorganite is a fertilizer only. It will not kill weeds, but a healthy lawn will not have as many weeds.