There are many fertilization options available for lawns, the two major categories of products and options being synthetic and organic fertilizers. While synthetic products are great for quick results, they do have shortcomings (they usually exhaust the plant as well as the soil, they do not have any positive contribution to soil texture and they contain artificial compounds), unlike organic fertilizers that are slower to take effect, but have a wide range of extraordinary benefits. Here are some of those benefits.
Safety for Your Soil, Your Plants, Your Family and Your Pets
While organic fertilizers do contain chemical compounds and minerals, they come with a reduced risk of chemical contamination compared to synthetic fertilizers. Though inhaling or ingesting organic fertilizers is not safe for humans and pets and the fertilizer must not reach into waterways or ponds either, your organic fertilizer will not transfer any artificial chemicals into the soil and into the plants treated.
Longer Intervals Between Two Applications
Organic fertilizers release their contents slowly, which means that choosing such a product will allow you to extend the intervals between two applications from 4 weeks (the interval recommended in the case of fertilization with a synthetic product) to 5-6 weeks or even more.
Ease of Use
While both synthetic and organic fertilizers are easy to apply, synthetic products might burn the plants they are applied on if they are not applied in the right quantity. Organic products are first broken down by the soil, the nutrients being delivered to the plants only afterward and only in the quantity that the plant needs, not more.
Improved Soil Quality
When used over a longer period, organic fertilizers can improve the quality of the soil by adding fibers and other cellulose compounds. These compounds ensure that the soil is able to retain water and nutrients more efficiently than before while also ensuring that the soil is properly aerated. Organic fertilizers usually contain animal waste, most typically poultry waste that adds not only the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium that is so essential for the health and development of any plant, but the enzymes from the animal’s digestive tract that will promote the proliferation of the microorganisms that ensure soil fertility.
The grass treated with organic fertilizers is stronger, more resistant to foot traffic, even to heavy traffic and it also recovers faster after being walked on. That strength also means that organic fertilizers reduce the amount of thatch that you need to remove during the peak season, when all you want is to enjoy the beauty of your lawn.
Easy to Come by and Inexpensive
Organic fertilizer is readily available in any garden store and in most supermarkets as well, so you can easily find it without much hassle. In addition, it is inexpensive to make, so it won’t cost you much either. You’ll save money both with each purchase, but also from the fact that you’ll enjoy better soil and stronger plants altogether, meaning you won’t have to spend on expensive treatments or pest control products in the long run.