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Organic Lawn Fertilizer: From Trash to Treasure

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Here's the deal. You can go to your local home and garden center, pay a huge sum of money, and drizzle your lawn with caustic chemicals. Or, you can take the time to cultivate an all natural, organic lawn fertilizer and feed your grass the life-giving products of nature. Here's more on this eco-friendly alternative.

It's no big secret that the key to a lush, green lawn is the right mixture of microorganisms and bugs in your soil. It doesn't matter what type of lawn you have, how much expensive fertilizer you spread, and how many times a year you plant new seed. The bottom line is that your soil must have the proper pH and rich organic composition. Organic lawn fertilizer is a great way to keep your soil properly balanced for year round health. And using organic lawn fertilizer holds a variety of other benefits that you might not be aware of.
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Organic Lawn Fertilizer Benefits

  • Costs Less. If you make your own, organic fertilizer is the most inexpensive and most effective fertilizer you can use. Even purchasing organic fertilizer from your home and garden center will cost less.
  • Healthier for You. You never have to worry about organic fertilizer around your children or your pets. After the lawn company comes to spray, you have to keep kids and animals off the lawn for at least an hour.
  • Easier to Use. You can absolutely ruin a lawn using too much chemical fertilizer. The only way you can use too much organic lawn fertilizer is to smother the grass. Your lawn will savor the extra nutrients.

So now that you've decided to go organic, here are some tips for making the transition. Your local nursery will have more information should you need it. But once you get started, you'll find that using organic fertilizer is pretty straightforward.

Organic Lawn Fertilizer Tips

  • Application. The ideal time for applying organic lawn fertilizer is before you seed. This will provide a base of nutrients for your lawn. But you can use it post seeding if you don't want to start over.
  • Mixture. Try to work organic lawn fertilizer into your first 4 inches of topsoil evenly.

Move out of the artificial and into the natural with organic lawn fertilizer. You'll soon see why so many homeowners are electing this effective grass food.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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