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Why Go Organic?

by Alex Russel, All About Lawns Columnist


Many gardeners believe that the best lawn fertilizers are organic ones made from once-living organisms and their by-products. Here are the major arguments for using organic fertilizers instead of the cheaper and more readily available synthetic ones.

It's Natural!

This may seem too trite a justification for using organic lawn fertilizer, but the main argument for using organic fertilizer is that soil is in itself a thriving organism or conglomeration of living organisms, and this can't be forgotten. The more a lawn gardener relies on synthetic fertilizers to replenish a lilting lawn, the more the soil becomes an unnatural place. This then creates a need for even more synthetic fertilizers, thereby creating a vicious cycle of chemical dependency.

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No Burning

Synthetic lawn fertilizers can burn your lawn if you don't apply the right doses at the right time. Overdoses of nitrogen or phosphorus can seriously damage your lawn. Organic fertilizers on the other hand can't burn your lawn. Unlike synthetic applications, organic fertilizers can't force themselves into the biology of your lawn.

This of course is one of the drawbacks of organic fertilizer. The fertilization process will occur naturally and that can take longer than most lawn gardeners might want to wait.

Improve the Texture of Your Lawn Soil

Again, by using organic fertilizer, all you're really doing is revitalizing your lawn soil. By adding organic material like bark, sod, manure and other organic products, you make your soil noticeably richer. This will not only enhance your lawn's growth, but also make the overall growth state of your garden more natural and prone to other healthy garden vegetation.

Soil Self-reliance

Just like the best vaccination from lawn decay is maintaining a healthy lawn, maintaining healthy soil rich in organic nutrients is the best way to keep your lawn soil continuing to be rich and nutritious for all plants.

An organically active soil will successfully fend off garden threats like, collar rots, silver leaf, European canker, root-infecting fungus, die back, dead arm disease, etc. Synthetic fertilizers address the specific problem of your lawn without enriching your soil in general.

So while organic fertilizers may not be the quick fix of factory made fertilizers, they are a more natural and wholesome approach to fixing your lawn and garden for the long-term.

About the Author
Alex Russel is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from Syracuse University he has worked at many different media companies in fields as diverse as film, TV, advertising, and journalism. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in English and History.

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