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Basic Advice Regarding Organic Lawn Fertilizing

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.



As I troll around the Internet and read differing opinions on basic fertilizing advice for lawns, I see a lot of misinformation. Much of it comes from people who are skewed to one side or the other on the issues and have let their emotions take precedence over good, solid factual advice. So let me give you the unbiased facts regarding one of the more controversial issues: organic lawn fertilizer.

Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizer

First off, get the word “chemical” out of your mind. People like to say things like, “I don’t use chemicals on my lawn. It’s natural.”

The problem with this is that water is a chemical and everyone, including Mother Nature, puts water on the lawn! So quit worrying about “chemicals” all the time. Let’s talk facts and not use inflammatory words.

Next, just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it is “safe” for your lawn. Crude oil occurs naturally underground, but you’d never assume it’s okay to spread that on your grass. In addition, things that are “organic” are not always safe either. I have a friend who is allergic to peanuts, even if they are organically grown. So when someone tells you a product is “safe,” you should wonder what their agenda is.




Finally, we need to look at something that rarely comes up and that is “pounds on the ground.” What I mean here is that when you do use good organic fertilizers, you need to apply 15-20 lbs of product per 1,000 square feet of lawn space in order to get good results. A synthetic fertilizer, on the other hand, may only require 2 or 3 pounds of product on the same size area.

One of the biggest “environmental problems” I have seen over the years in regards to lawn care is homeowners and pros alike who over-apply synthetic products–outside the bounds of the product label–in an attempt to get the lawn greener. I also see a problem with what is called “off target application” when those same people get product on the sidewalk, driveway or in the street where it runs off during the next rain fall.

I’m not preaching against organic and natural fertilization here guys, I’m just trying to help you see clearly through the fog!

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