Synthetic lawn fertilizers contain chemicals that are manufactured and contain one or more combinations of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, also known as N-P-K. These are the nutrients necessary for plant growth.
Organic lawn fertilizer is derived directly from plant or animal waste. Examples include manure, compost, and bone meal. It can also contain highly processed products with a compost manure base. In general, organic fertilizers contain fewer amounts of N-P-K than their counterparts.
Organic lawn fertilizers work by breaking down and releasing nutrients. As they do, they add microorganisms into your soil as they decompose. This ultimately builds the quality and textures of your soil, contributing to your grass’s health. They also improve the soil’s water retention.
Since their nutrients are ready to use when immediately mixed into the soil, some synthetic fertilizers may cause plant damage to the leaves and roots. Organic fertilizers release their nutrients into the ground much slower, making it less likely that you will overfeed or burn your plants. This is because organic fertilizers must be broken down first by the soil’s bacteria and fungi into smaller forms that plants can absorb. It also means that unlike chemical fertilizers, they are not easily washed away in a rainstorm or during irrigation season.
Anything that is sprayed on your lawn will automatically make it into our stormwater system, or even groundwater that feeds wells. Up to 60 percent of the nitrogen in commercial fertilizers ends up being washed away. Organic fertilizers do not run off as easily and almost always only have biodegradable elements.
Spraying a lawn with chemical fertilizers always includes the risk of harming pets and family members. Typically, residents are asked to stay off the grass for several hours after each application. With organic lawn fertilizer, people and pets can walk on your lawn directly after the fertilizer is used. This also means less harm is done to birds and other wildlife.
Synthetic fertilizers are produced with the sole purpose of helping the growth of your grass and plants. As a result, while they contain a better balance of all the major nutrients a plant needs, they also contain harmful chemicals that can cause acidity in the soil. On the other hand, because organic lawn fertilizers need microbes to work on them to release their nutrients, they end up energizing the growth of microorganisms and ensuring the long-term fertility of your soil. Healthier soil equals a healthier lawn. A healthier lawn requires less water, weed control, and overall fertilizer.
Custom Personalized Lawn Care is one of Michigan’s top organic lawn treatment companies. We offer an organic fertilization program made from natural protein sources that allow for the slow release of nutrients into your soil.
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