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First, and most important, remove as many toxins from your immediate environment as possible. This means no further pesticide treatments (including bug bombs and contracted pesticide services) inside your house, no bug sprays used indoors on plants, and using only safe, natural insecticides outdoors. It also means canceling your lawn service, if you have one. The fewer of these chemicals you use and are exposed to, the better.
If you water your lawn shallowly each day, the root system will be restricted to the upper levels of the soil. This means that if you go on vacation during the summer, your lawn grasses may be threatened because the top layers of soil dry out first and, because your lawn's roots are limited to this dry region, the entire lawn is in jeopardy of dying. However, if you water infrequently, but deeply, the roots of your lawn grasses can grow deeply into the soil. Thus, even if the top layers of soil dry out, the grass plants have roots deep enough in the soil to absorb the water necessary to keep them alive.
Several derivatives of urea are marketed as slow-release fertilizers (175,176). Urea formaldehyde (ureaform, 38 N) is a slow-release fertilizer manufactured from urea and formaldehyde and is used for fertilization of lawns, turf, container-grown plants, and field crops (177-180). Urea formaldehyde is also a glue and is used for the manufacture of plywood and particle board (181,182). Dicyandiamide (cyanoguanidine) (66 N) is a nitrogen fertilizer but is used most commonly as an additive (2 of the total N fertilizer) as a nitrification inhibitor with urea (153,183-185). Sulfur-coated urea (186,187) is a slow-release formulation (30-40 N) used as a fertilizer for field crops, orchards, and turfgrass (175,177,188-191). Isobutylidene diurea (IBDU) is similar to urea formaldehyde, but contains 32 nitrogen. However, utilization of IBDU is less dependent on microbial activity than urea formaldehyde, as hydrolysis proceeds rapidly following dissolution of IBDU in water (175). Nitrogen is...
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