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There has been a lot of controversy regarding the use of chemical fertilizer for your gardening needs, because of the active ingredients used to create the materials. Critics of fertilizers argue that the chemicals used may be harmful to your family and pets, as well as to the surrounding environment. Here are a few dangerous chemical fertilizers that you should be aware of.
Inorganic, manufactured fertilizers usually contain various levels of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (also known as N-P-K fertilizers) because of their element compounds. This type of fertilizer is known to increase growth potential in homegrown gardens and farms, and has been the most popular form for years. Some studies have found that many of the manufactured fertilizers contain high levels of hazardous waste as a result of production. This toxic waste may include traceable levels of cadmium, zinc and even arsenic. Check the labels to see if there are any of these chemicals listed as ingredients, because they may be harmful to your health.
There are four particularly common chemical fertilizers that are all considered N-P-K fertilizers.
Anydrous ammonia: Contains 82 percent nitrogen
Urea: Contains 46 percent nitrogen gas
Superphosphate: Contains nitrogen and phosphate
Diammonium phosphate: 18 percent nitrogen, 46 percent phosphate
The reason they are still in high use despite the health advantages of organic fertilizers is that they are simply more efficient in fertilizing plants. If you plan to use these or any other N-P-K fertilizers, be sure to wear appropriate eye and hand protection, and use a breathing mask for safety.