Advantages of Natural Organic Lawn Fertilizers

Commercial chemical fertilizers are great at producing quick, short term growth in your lawn. However, the underlying health of your lawn is at risk with these chemicals. More and more Americans are realizing that natural organic lawn fertilizers and practices are a better, healthier, long-term lawn care solution.

 

What a lot of gardeners may not realize is that the health of their lawn and garden is directly related to the health of the soil they are planting in. Healthy lawns get most their nutrients from microbes in the soil that feed on organic matter. When you fertilize with strong synthetic chemicals, the microbes get a burst of nutrients, causing a population bloom that quickly consumes all the organic matter that is stored in the soil. This is not a healthy balance, and the microbes vanish as their food supply is depleted. The typical solution? More chemical fertilizers to make up for the damaged soil, and the cycle repeats.

 

There are other side effects of using synthetic chemical fertilizers. Besides the immediate risk of using chemicals around people and pets, 1/3 to 1/2 of water-soluble fertilizers are leeched away in the groundwater where they find their way into drinking water and waterways. In just one example, there is a 7,000 square mile “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, where fertilizers washed down from the Mississippi River have caused an unbalance of nutrients among algae that has stripped the water of available oxygen for fish and other organisms. In 2007, there were 150 of these dead zones worldwide.

 

The alternative is the natural organic approach. A natural organic lawn fertilizer releases nutrients slowly, to nourish the soil microbes. As the soil gets healthier, your lawn’s roots grow deeper and capture more stored water, requiring less watering. Adding up to a 1/2″ compost annually to your lawn will help feed the microbes and your lawn, and the organic matter will also help retain moisture in the soil. Up to 50% of municipal water usage can be for landscapes, so being able to reduce the water needed for your lawn is a significant savings.

 

Natural organic lawn fertilizers have other benefits as well. As your lawn becomes healthier and requires less watering, lawn moss becomes less of an issue. Keeping your lawn between 2 and 3 inches and cutting back branches that shade your lawn will also help prevent moss. Lawn mushrooms can be a problem where there is too much decomposing carbon matter in the soil. A natural organic lawn fertilizer will help restore the carbon-nitrogen balance in the soil to help prevent the mushrooms from finding excess food. Since natural organic lawn fertilizers release nutrients more slowly, they don’t need to be applied as often as the synthetic fertilizers. 20 lb. for ever 1,000 square feet of lawn, twice a year in the spring and fall, is usually all that is recommended.

 

While it’s evident that synthetic chemical fertilizers usually do more harm than good for the long term health of your lawn, even an organic lawn needs some kind of fertilizer to stay green. Leaving grass clippings on your lawn after mowing can provide up to 25% of your lawn’s fertilization needs, however it’s still necessary to find a good natural organic lawn fertilizer to supplement your lawn and soil needs. And, while some people argue that natural organic lawn fertilizers sometimes cost more than synthetic fertilizers, the total cost of an organic lawn care program will be less expensive since you won’t need expensive herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.

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