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PRO-START 2-3-3 Info

PRO-START 2-3-3 Pro-Start 2-3-3 was originally designed as a winterizing blend for lawns and grass hay fields. However, over the years it has proved to be an excellent choice for root crops, legume vegetables, perennials, flowering shrubs, mature fruit trees, legume hays (as a summer topdress), and especially as a starter fertilizer for any kind of seed. Many of our landscape customers use Pro-Start 2-3-3 exclusively for all of their new installations.

ON LAWNS: As a winterizer, Pro-Start 2-3-3 builds a thick and invasive root system filled with nutrient to last the winter and come up healthy and lush in the spring. A greater root system in lawns creates more than just a thicker sod that naturally has a competitive edge over weeds. It also increases the lawn's feeding efficiency and the percent of organic matter in the soil. As the efficiency of nutrient use increases, the need for fertilizer decreases. As the organic matter increases, so does the nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil, along with a significant increase in biological activity. When populations of microorganisms are enhanced (the vast majority being beneficial) their activities create an endless list of benefits, including:

  • Nitrogen fixation;
  • Mobilization of normally unavailable nutrients;
  • The dissolving of normally insoluble nutrients;
  • Aeration of the soil; and
  • Insect and disease control.

    Pro-Start 2-3-3 is the fall lawn fertilizer of choice by ALL professionals who have tried it.

    ON VEGETABLES: Pro-Start 2-3-3 is especially suited for root crops such as potatoes and carrots, and legumes like peas and beans. It boosts the size and quantity of root vegetables just as it enhances the root systems in lawns. Legumes that fix their own nitrogen respond to Pro-Start 2-3-3 with strong stalks and increased flowering for excellent production and quality. Commercial growers from all over New England have raved about Pro-Start's ability to produce peas, potatoes, carrots, beets, beans and onions. Recently, it has been pointed out to us that eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and other crops that blossom are also very responsive to Pro-Start 2-3-3. Clearly it is the only choice for the serious commercial grower.

    ON PERENNIALS: Professional perennial growers are equally divided on which of our two blends, Pro-Gro 5-3-4 or Pro-Start 2-3-3, is better for their flowers. There really is no sure way to tell, but tests in our perennial plots lean slightly toward Pro-Start 2-3-3 as the better choice. Although we would never try to persuade anyone who is happy with Pro-Gro 5-3-4 to switch, we seemed to get a greater number of blossoms and slightly shorter, stronger stalks with Pro-Start 2-3-3. Either one is a wise choice for perennial production.

    ON LANDSCAPE APPLICATIONS: Some of our landscape customers insist that Pro-Start 2-3-3 is the only way to go for new installations. Its ability to enhance root systems in any kind of plant lowers mortality rate and shortens that transition period when plants are so susceptible to stress.

    Pro-Start 2-3-3 is the landscaper's forgotten friend. After the installation is done, it nurtures the plant into quick recovery from transplant shock and adaptation into its new environment. Then its slow release feature continues to enhance the plants' health and vitality, adding more credit for quality work long after the landscaper has left the job. Its non-burning formula puts managers at ease at times when they are unable to supervise inexperienced help. Landscapers who use Pro-Start 2-3-3 for new plantings are the first to proclaim that it's the only logical choice.

    ON ORNAMENTAL AND MATURE FRUIT TREES: Because most blossoming trees create their sets the year before they flower, it is important to use a natural slow release source of all the essential nutrients. If too much plant food is available at any one time, the tree will direct its energy toward new wood growth and thick foliage, significantly reducing the number of flower sets. The big advantage to using Pro-Start 2-3-3 is that its primary purpose is to feed the soil and let nature make the necessary nutrient available at the appropriate time and rate. Because of extremely variable weather and soil conditions, which no one is able to predict, conventional fertilization can never completely address the trees' needs. Pro-Start 2-3-3 relinquishes control of how and when to release nutrient to nature. The timing and rate of release then vary naturally according to the changing conditions. Its the only bloomin' way to go.

    ON NEW SEEDINGS AND TRANSPLANTS: Starting plants is this product's namesake. There is no substitute for Pro-Start 2-3-3 when it comes to starting seeds or young transplants. Whether it is fruit, vegetables, flowers, perennials, forage or nursery stock, no other fertilizer can compare to the gentle, natural way Pro-Start 2-3-3 persuades a plant to grow.

    Pro-Start 2-3-3 is recommended over Pro-Gro 5-3-4 for incorporation into potting soil. For mixing with potting soil, thoroughly mix 17.75oz /ft3 of potting soil or 30#/yd3 (a cubic yard weighs ~1,000# when moistened).


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