Tacoma Urbanist

Oct. 2, 2008 at 12:03am

Tacoma's *Tagro* Sponsors This Week's Chalk Off

This Friday 10/3/2008 is Frost Park Chalk Off Episode XXVI at noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma.

All are welcome.

TAGRO’s Frost Park Sponsorship 10/3/08

Make the grass greener on YOUR side of the fence …

Tagro specialist Alicia Lawver emailed me the following:

The folks behind the City of Tacoma’s TAGRO products are proud of the work they do to make Tacoma a better place to live. And so, obviously, do the folks who come out each week for Frost Park Fridays, whether for lunch, conversation, or to show off their chalktastic talents. So TAGRO wants to help celebrate one of the many efforts to make the grass a little greener on Tacoma’s side of the fence.

This Week's Chalkie Prize

This week’s top vote-getter will receive … a gift certificate for up to 3 cubic yards of the City of Tacoma’s bulk TAGRO products – either the famous TAGRO Mix, or Potting Soil. You pick! Also – two free TAGRO hats! Free delivery within Tacoma city limits; $15 per 10 miles for delivery outside of Tacoma. Prize must be delivered all at once (no dividing it up). Prize is transferrable.

But that’s not all! Everyone who enters this week’s chalk-off will receive a TAGRO gift certificate good for $5 off any TAGRO bulk product, or one bag of TAGRO Potting Soil.

Bonus Participation Prize


About TAGRO products:

TAGRO Mix: Perfect for feeding your lawn this fall to make it green come spring, or mix it into your flower and garden beds. The award-winning TAGRO Mix is a blend of 50% Class A biosolids, 25% sawdust and 25% screened sand. This mix replenishes soil and jump-starts plant growth by breaking up and aerating heavier soils, helping soil retain moisture so less watering is needed and provides necessary nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

TAGRO Potting Soil: A nutrient-rich blend of 20% Class A biosolids, 20% quality maple sawdust and 60% clean, aged bark.
TAGRO Potting Soil is safe for indoor and outdoor use, and works in both flower and vegetable gardens. It’s perfect for outdoor raised planting beds.

For more information about TAGRO, go to www.tagro.com, or contact Alicia Lawver at alawver@cityoftacoma.org.

Special Mention For Sponsorship Acquisition:

Alicia Lawver. 

For more information on Tagro, contact:

Alicia Lawver
Community Relations Specialist, City of Tacoma
Surface Water/Wastewater Management
alawver@cityoftacoma.org / (253) 591-5414 

See also the City of Tacoma Tagro Web Page

Thanks Alicia and COT Tagro workers!

Commentary: This is the second quasi City of Tacoma Frost Park Sponsorship.  In the end, Tacoma supported Frost Park.

comments [9]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 10/2/2008 @ 12:12am
Prior Tagro references at Frost Park:

by Erik on 10/2/2008 @ 12:19am
See also Q and A from the City of Tacoma site:

(These are good)

Do TAGRO products smell?

Because it is nutrient rich, TAGRO Mix has an “earthy” smell that dissipates after a few days, depending on how much drying or watering it receives. When odor is an issue, you have most likely over applied TAGRO Mix for the purpose. TAGRO Mulch* has a slight “woodsy” odor that lasts only a short time. And TAGRO Potting Soil is virtually odorless and suitable for houseplants.

Will TAGRO products hurt my pets?

It’s safe to allow pets onto TAGRO Mix-treated lawns, but wait a few days until the TAGRO has Girl and dog on lawnworked its way into the roots. Some animals are attracted to and eat TAGRO products. While it’s nutritious for your plants, it doesn’t contain the nutrients your pets need. And, if they track it into the house, TAGRO’s organic materials can be difficult to clean from carpets.

Why does the TAGRO Mix I received have lumps in it?

In order to meet the extra demand in spring, we stockpile TAGRO Mix during the winter, which can cause it to clump. But even fresh TAGRO Mix can clump when it’s loaded and hauled in a dump truck. It will be easier to spread if you let it dry out and just break up the lumps with a garden rake. And, we suggest placing a tarp over the pile as soon as possible to protect your TAGRO Mix from the rain and elements.

Since TAGRO products are natural, organic products, why should I be concerned about how much I use?
With TAGRO Mix, it’s best to follow the “less is more” rule for two important reasons:

* A thick layer of TAGRO Mix holds too much water and provides more nutrients than your lawn can possibly use. Your lawn could get soft and even swampy if you don’t have adequate drainage, and you’ll be mowing far more than you should. Also, thick applications of TAGRO Mix will retain odors for much longer.

* Excess nutrients from TAGRO Mix or any other plant-nutrient source can be washed into lakes and streams, affecting water quality and the salmon that live there. Excess nutrients also can penetrate deeply into well-drained soils and eventually have an impact on aquifers that provide drinking water. Close up of green grass

TAGRO Mulch and TAGRO Potting Soil are more balanced products that retain nutrients because of their higher carbon content, so you can use them more liberally.

When surface mulching with TAGRO Mulch*, use no more than six inches in depth and as little at three inches, which provides a good coat. Mulch tilled in as a soil amendment is effective in poor soils at half-and-half. For example, if tilling eight inches deep, add four inches of mulch. Use TAGRO Potting Soil to fill a raised bed to the desired depth.

What type of seed or weed killer should I use?

Your local nursery is the best source of advice for helping you to determine which plants and seeds would work best in your yard and for your specific project. Your local nursery also is a good source of information on the proper use of gardening supplies.

How heavy are TAGRO products?

TAGRO Mix weighs an average of 1,600 pounds per cubic yard. This weight varies with the seasons between a low of 1,300 and a high of 1,800 pounds per cubic yard during wetter months. By comparison, soils weigh approximately 2,400 to 3,200 pounds per cubic yard depending on moisture and composition. TAGRO Mulch is approximately 700 pounds a yard, while TAGRO Potting Soil is about 900 pounds a yard.

Can the driver unload the TAGRO in the street in front of my home?

We are a fish-friendly product and want to avoid any possible runoff into the stormwater system, which flows directly to your local creeks, lakes and Commencement Bay. Stormwater is not treated before it enters our waterways. We’ll be happy to deliver it in your front yard, driveway or backyard (if we have enough room to maneuver back there), but not on the street.

Will the truck leave ruts in my lawn?

The dump trucks weigh between 15,000 and 60,000 pounds, Photo of dump truck depending on the vehicle. As you can imagine, we need firm soil, driveways and curbs to drive on. You should decide if these areas could carry the load. The truck is likely to leave ruts in any recently tilled areas that it passes over. Please check the area to make sure the dump truck will not be driving or backing over buried utilities (telephone or electrical systems, sprinkler systems, water, gas or sewer lines or septic drain fields).

Can the driver unload it in small piles or spread the TAGRO with the dump truck?

We try our best to help you, but keep in mind that dump trucks are not that accurate. The material will not flow through the tailgate in a small enough quantity to allow us to spread it. And we have no way to predict accurately how much TAGRO will fall into any pile. Sometimes when we split a load, most of the load might end up in the first or last pile.

Can I get a mixed load of say five yards of Mulch* and five yards of Mix in one delivery?

Yes, but keep in mind that they will indeed be “mixed.” There are no partitions in the dump beds and the two (or three) products will combine in some way when dumped. You can separate them somewhat when shoveling, but some of the pile will be mixed. Blended TAGRO products are still useful, but the color and texture will not be pure.


by dawntown on 10/2/2008 @ 10:14am
Holy Crap! Now that's the Chalking Prize of the Year

by Erik on 10/2/2008 @ 12:58pm
Just think of the potential if you "transferred" he Tagro prize to someone else as a surprise.

by NineInchNachos on 10/2/2008 @ 8:01pm
I love Tagro. We all help make tagro.

by tacomachickadee on 10/2/2008 @ 8:51pm
I TOTALLY forgot that tomorrow is THE DAY BEFORE THE "World Chalking Day" ... thank heavens I watched Adam's video ...


by Erik on 10/2/2008 @ 9:12pm
Great video Adam!

by NineInchNachos on 10/2/2008 @ 9:18pm
Tagro is you. Tagro is a little of me. We're all Tagro.

Every dream you flush away is an angel of a happy plant.

by Dave_L on 10/3/2008 @ 11:15am
Some have scoffed, but...
Yes, Chalktober 4th is World Chalk Day, anonymously formed, and inspired by the Frost Park Chalk Off. I can't watch the vid right now, but Teddy is scheduled to be at FP at 4am Saturday morning (I will set my alarm) and Teddy has confirmed scattered participants simultaneously chalking in England, Ireland and Nigeria, and perhaps Adam has infected more with the world-chalk virus. (There is a url wolrdchalk.org reserved, but no website for photos this year.)