To understand the value of organic fertilizers, you need to understand that the ideal soil makeup is rich in micro-organisms and nutrients. It’s a mini-ecosystem, with plenty of beneficial bacteria and insects.
When you use a synthetic chemical fertilizer, you may be giving your grass or vegetables a jolt that will help them grow in the short term. But you’re not adding to the organic makeup of your soil. In fact, you’re stripping it away. After a while, your soil won’t be able to retain water and nutrients as well, and you’ll need more and more chemicals to obtain the same results.
Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, do two things for your lawn and garden. First, they feed the grass and vegetables; and second, they feed the soil itself.
- Compost: Any kind of organic matter that is at the end of decomposition is called compost. This could include grass clippings, leaves, vegetable peels, etc. You can easily make your own, or buy organic compost from your local garden center.
- Aged Animal Manure: Animal manure needs to be aged at least 6 months before you use it on your garden, or else it can burn your plants. Cow, chicken, and sheep manure are all effective, but never use manure from cats, dogs, or humans, as these can spread disease.
- Green Manure: These are plants that you grow with the sole intent of letting them decompose into the soil. Examples include alfalfa, clover, barley, and buckwheat.
Organic gardening isn’t a quick fix. Depending on the shape of your soil, it can require years of work before you reap the benefits. However, there’s no better way to ensure the long-term health of your lawn and garden.
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