It seems like everything is organic these days. No matter where you go—restaurants, soap shops, farmers markets, and even clothing stores—the word organic is used to describe the product being sold. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Time and time again, the benefits of buying organic have proven beneficial. When you buy organic products, you’re making an effort to avoid pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and growth additives. And while buying organic usually refers to the food we eat, its benefits can be noticed in other products as well, like your lawn fertilizer. More and more homeowners are choosing environmentally friendly lawn care over other alternatives.
Choosing An Eco-Friendly Fertilizer For Your Lawn
At ABC Home & Commercial Services, we strive to care for your lawn in a holistic way. This includes choosing the best products on the market. And while we’ve used a variety of products to care for lawns in the past, we’ve found that our lawn technicians and our customers agree: organic fertilizers are simply better.
So whether you’re laying down new sod or rearranging the trees in your lawn, we encourage you to use organic fertilizers. Here are a few considerations to help you in choosing an eco-friendly fertilizer for your lawn.
Harmful Effects of Non-Organic Fertilizer
Most fertilizers contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus . And while these materials can help grow healthy plants, many additional materials, like pesticides and herbicides, can have a negative effect on humans and our environment.
While technological advances allow for boosted fertilizers and give farmers and home gardeners greater control over the plants they grow, many are petroleum-based, and plants often receive an excess of nutrients . As a result, excess nutrients runs off into nearby waterways polluting nearby streams, ponds, and lakes.
Polluted water often creates an excess of algae and decreases the amount of oxygen in the water. It affects the water we drink and the food we eat. Fish, for example, can acquire diseases that originate from these fertilizers and become ill. If a human then eats the diseased fish, he, in turn, can become ill himself.
Therefore, when you choose a synthetic fertilizer, you may be selecting products that contain harmful materials like pesticides and herbicides which can negatively impact the environment.
Positive Impacts of Organic Fertilizer
An alternative to synthetic fertilizer is organic fertilizer. One of the main benefits of using organic fertilizer is that it boosts the nutrient efficiency of a plant or lawn. When you use organic lawn care products, your lawn will produce healthy grass blades and plant shoots, which will naturally enhance the biological activity and biodiversity of the soils.
Other benefits of organic fertilizer include:
- Protection against droughts due to efficient water use
- Resistance to erosion by increasing the soil’s organic matter content
- Lower dependence on chemicals by nurturing the soil with organic matter
- Improved soil fertility by improving the quality and structure of the soil
- Better water retention and drainage
Improved lawn and plant health can also impact the environment. But unlike synthetic fertilizers, organic fertilizer affects your lawn in a positive way. Organic fertilizers enable the slow release of organic materials into the soil, and then to the environment; furthermore, the ingredients released are naturally biodegradable and remain in the soil.
Our Promise To You
At ABC Home & Commercial Services, we do our best to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful lawn. We believe a healthy lawn starts from the bottom up. That means you need healthy soil, which is the perfect foundation for plant life.
So whether you’re a seasoned gardener or new to the trade, rest assured that our team of trained professionals can treat your lawn with the best products on the market. ABC can give you organic lawn care tips to keep your yard green and healthy—all while using sustainable and environmentally safe materials.