What is the effect of Osmocote on the environment?

Osmocote is a manufactured product — meaning, essential plant nutrients are formed into individual granules then encapsulated so that nutritional release can be controlled to fit the pattern of nutrient uptake in the plant that it feeds.

Because excessive nutrition is not released into the soil, the environment benefits in two ways:

1) plants will not be overfed (that is, "burned") and 2) overwatering or heavy rainfall will limit washing away of nutrients into streams and lakes.

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