SOURCE: Advanced Growing Systems

March 20, 2008 08:00 ET

Atlanta Landscape Contractors See Green

ALPHARETTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Organic Growing Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Advanced Growing Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: AGWS), has recently seen an influx of new landscape contractors as customers. A number of new contractors in the metro Atlanta area have begun to incorporate TOP Organic Fertilizer into their current landscaping practices. "Due to recent price increases in synthetic fertilizers coupled with the recent drought in Atlanta, Organic Fertilizer, long regarded as a premium alternative but not always budget friendly, has worked its way into the mainstream. We have been telling the story and pressing a lot of flesh locally and it seems our efforts are paying off," stated Marc Nichols, the Regional Sales Manager with Organic Growing Systems, Inc.

Phil Sarros, President of Sarros Landscaping, states, "My customers were asking for an organic maintenance alternative, so I started using Top Organic Fertilizer. Not only were my customers elated, but I decided to only offer an organic maintenance plan because the fertilizer works so well. I've increased my margins and benefited the customer at the same time."

Mr. Nichols adds, "The benefits of these contractors using our product are likely to be lusher lawns, less water consumption, and an increased gross profit margin. Not to mention, this is an environmentally friendly product that is fully organic, sterile, replete with micro-nutrition and safe around children and pets."

Contractors are utilizing the TOP brand to add value with an organic product that is cost effective when compared directly to synthetic counterparts. Not only are they looking at the bottom line, they anticipate less warranty work resulting from sick or dying plant material. Because TOP Organic Fertilizer saves water through retention, plants and landscapes are able to thrive, even in times of reduced rainfall. Todd Guilmette, of Unique Environmental, commented, "It was an easy integration into a safe product that is good for the environment." Todd further stated, "Any way we can go from synthetic to organic, it's the responsible thing to do." Echoing his sentiments, Scott Reinblatt, of Big Blue Sky Landscaping, Inc., said, "It's an environmental drought solution which adds vigor and health for our landscapes and ornamentals. My clients are loving it." Jill Lovin, of Alex Smith Garden Design, LTD., adds, "We've incorporated this product for the environment and the drought. It doesn't leach, it's priced right, and we don't have to water it in. We're very excited about it."

The prices of synthetic fertilizers throughout the world have been on the rise to the tune of 200% in 2007 according to a report on Barry Ward, an Ohio State University Extension economist, predicts the average price of phosphorus fertilizers to increase 65% in 2008 from 2007 and potassium prices to increase 40% in 2008 from 2007 prices. With fertilizer prices increasing at such a dramatic pace, it has become difficult in many cases for contractors to quote fertilizer prices as hikes are happening so frequently. Prices for organic fertilizer for the most part have been stable due to the fact that they are not tied to commodities that have surged in demand. Some of the factors for which synthetic fertilizer prices have increased so drastically include the rise in prices of crude oil, demand from farmers seeking to maximize corn production for ethanol, higher energy and freight prices, increased demand for grain-fed meat in emerging markets, and increased use of natural gas as liquefied natural gas.

Mr. Nichols adds, "Organic fertilizer is poised to experience tremendous growth, due to a shift in the market that consists of consumers who are seeking a green alternative and prices of synthetic fertilizers outpacing a viable organic alternative. Atlanta is a green city in many ways and the recent reduction in rainfall makes organic fertilizer a logical and sustainable solution."

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Advanced Growing Systems, Inc. ("AGSI" or the "Company"), founded in 2006, is the parent company of Organic Growing Systems, Inc. (a scientifically advanced Organic fertilizer manufacturer) and Advanced Nurseries, Inc. (a wholesale group of Commercial Nurseries located in the Southeastern US). AGSI is dedicated to providing its shareholders significant value and is directly involved in the $48 Billion fertilizer market and the $66 Billion Green Industry. For more information, please visit


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