Crab Meal 4-4-0 + 18% calcium offers plants a readily available supply of nitrogen and phosphorus in the form of a slow release organic fertilizer/ soil amendment for sustained and healthy plant growth. Crab Meal provides a balanced source of nitrogen and phosphorus and helps to stimulate the growth of beneficial soil organisms needed to maintain a living soil environment. Crab Meal is a wonderful addition for vegetable gardens, flower beds and field crops. The coarse texture of our Crab Meal makes it an ideal soil amendment for improving aeration, drainage and soil structure.
Crab shell is high in Chitin (pronounced “Kite-in”) which promotes the growth of chitin eating bacteria in the soil. Chitin is a naturally occurring molecule (Poly-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine). Structurally, chitin is related to cellulose, which consists of long chains of glucose molecules linked to each other. Chitin is present in the shells of all crustaceans and insects, and in many fungi, algae, and yeast. High concentrations of chitin present in the soil has been recognized to ants, grubs, slugs, snails, as well as fungus and root feeding nematodes.
- 1 lb per 50 sq. ft.
- 12 - 20 cups per 100 sq. ft
- 4 - 8 cups per 100 row ft.
- 1 - 2 tbsp per planting site
- mix 1 tbsp crab meal into the top few inches of soil per gallon container
- work into the soil 1/4 - 1/2 cup per established plant and water-in
Trees & Shrubs
- For new plantings, prepare transplant hole and mix 1-2 cups with the back-fill soil
- For established trees/ shrubs, apply 1 - 2 lbs of crab meal per 1″ of trunk diameter. Evenly distribute the crab meal around the base of the tree/ shrub to the drip line, mix into soil surface and water-in.