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Natural grass fertilizer: 2 types to try

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

You may be thinking of natural fertilizer for environmental reasons, or because natural fertilizers are often slower-releasing, so you're less likely to burn your lawn and garden with nutrient overload.

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Whatever the reason, if you're thinking of going the natural route, these two natural grass fertilizers are well worth considering:

  1. Compost tea. Compost is a great way to add nutrients and life to your planting beds--just mix it with your existing soil. But you can also get the benefits of compost to the soil under your lawn by spraying it on in the form of compost tea. Essentially, you take finished compost and steep it in water to extract the helpful microorganisms. Then, you spray the solution. It takes some effort to make, but follow some basic directions, and you can whip up all this natural fertilizer at home.

  2. Fish emulsion. It sounds yucky, and it is--fish emulsion is made from ground up fish parts--but it's also a nutrient packed fertilizer that can help build your soil ecosystem. To apply, you mix it with water and spray it on. Yes, it smells, but not as much as you might think and only for a day or two.

These alternatives to chemical fertilizers can help your lawn thrive naturally. Chemical lawn fertilizers have their advantages. When you pick up a bag of man-made fertilizer at the lawn and garden store, you know exactly what you're getting. The precise nutrient levels are listed right there on the side. But that doesn't mean chemical grass fertilizer is always the best option.


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