Agrium Advanced donates ‘green’ fertilizer to CSU

FORT COLLINS — CSU is using more efficient and environmentally friendly fertilizer from Loveland’s Agrium Advanced Technologies, the company said Wednesday.

AAT donated fertilizers to CSU that release nutrients over as many as six months, decreasing the number of fertilizer applications needed to maintain campus grounds. Fewer applications help the university save money by using less fuel and fertilizer, along with reducing maintenance labor, AAT said.

AAT’s slow- and controlled-release fertilizers provide environmental benefits such as reducing the amount of nitrogen used by as much as 40 percent, significantly reducing nitrogen loss to the environment and growing healthier grass, AAT said.

The fertilizers were applied last spring and early summer to four intramural sports fields as well as grass and landscape beds in CSU’s newest residence hall community, the Academic Village.

The areas fertilized with AAT’s donation are also serving as demonstration and research areas for AAT and CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

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