'Nursery finds fertilizer solution in Australia'
Article from NMPro (Nursery Management and Production, Wednesday 4th July 2007)
During a nursery tour in Australia, Andy Harding, production manager at Herman Losely & Son, saw a new contraption that really captured his attention. The hand-held device shot slow-release fertilizer into containers quickly and accurately.
Back in the states, Harding ordered the GreenElf to replace the old scoop-and-funnel method for applying fertilizer.
"With the old method, you have to scoop it out, and it might not be the proper amount, and wait for it to drop through the funnel. It's very inefficient," Harding said. "With the GreenElf, you fill it up, point it and pull the trigger. It paces the employee and it's always accurate."
The GreenElf is calibrated to the dose needed. It runs on rechargeable batteries, and an overnight charge keeps it going for a 10-hour work day," Harding said. [GEWs edit: upto 40,000 shots on one charge]
"GreenElf Works, the unit's manufacturer, provides a spreadsheet on its Web site to calculate payback.
"We did the spreadsheet and found it would pay for itself in five days. We couldn't believe it, but when we used it, we knew that was true. It was amazing," Harding said.
For more: Herman Losely & Son Inc., (440) 259-2725