In the mid 1950’s, Americans became enamored with clean-cut, carpet-like lawns. It was during this era, too, that homeowners fancied the idea of using pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides to rid their yards of damaging weeds.
Though effective, pesticides are loaded with chemicals that can ultimately harm your lawn in the long run. Ingredients in most non-organic fertilizers include:
- Ammonium sulfate
- Potassium nitrate
- Potassium chloride
- Potassium sulfate
Not only do these toxins essentially burn your lawn and harm your plants, but over-fertilizing with in-organic products can also damage the foundation of the soil and contaminate the water supply. That’s why it’s important to use organic materials when creating a weed-free lawn. And, unlike products with pesticides, organic lawn care products are entirely natural. Ingredients often include:
- Manure and bat guano
- Compost and burned eggshells
- Bone, feather, and alfalfa meal
- Fish, cottonseed, and seaweed meal
- Urea and fish emulsion
- Hummus and sewage sludge
Organic products help promote a healthy lawn from the soil up; they encourage the growth of microorganisms and fungi in the soil, which, over time, becomes more sustainable and requires less maintenance.
Here are four more reasons why organic lawn care is beneficial to both your lawn and the environment.
1. Stronger Soil
Organic fertilizers don’t just encourage plant growth – they actually release nutrients into the soil, making it more structurally sound and increasing its ability to hold water. These nutrients, over time, will create stronger, more fruitful soil.
2. No More Over Fertilizing
Unlike in-organic materials that are easy to over use (and ultimately destroy your lawn), organic fertilizers slowly release the nutrients into the soil. This makes it much less likely to harm your plants.
3. Goodbye Toxins
The soil in your lungs is rich in natural salts, which, when combined with the toxins in in-organic fertilizers, can permanently damage the chemical balance in the soil. With organic products, however, you won’t have to worry about toxic buildup in your soil damaging your lawn or garden.
4. Environmentally Sound
Organic fertilizers are environmentally friendly – they are renewable, biodegradable, and sustainable.
Packages of organic lawn care products can be rather pricey. However, you can often make your own organic fertilizers:
- Start a compost can at your house. Fill this can with natural items like apple rinds, egg shells, carrot peelings, etc.
- Visit a local dairy farm or horse stable and ask to purchase composted manure.
- Look for other inexpensive sources like fish hatcheries and other locations that might be able to sell you some products to make your own fertilizer.
At WeedPro Lawn Care, we are the premier source for organic lawn care services. With new, innovative programs we can reduce or completely eliminate the amount of synthetic chemicals used in your lawn and landscape care.