There are substantial differences between organic and “organic based” fertilizers in terms of nutrient readiness and the long-term effects on your soil, plants, and the environment.
To begin with, the terminology used by the lawn care industry can be quite confusing, Companies freely throw around misleading words like, natural, and organic based when referring to their fertilizers. These terms are quite misleading when it comes to the actual product that is being applied to your lawn. The latter term “organic based” is quite misleading as organic based fertilizers have only a small portion of an organic substance mixed in with the chemically produced fertilizer. Most have less than 10% organic content!
Organic fertilizer is usually made from plant or animal waste or powdered minerals. Manure based fertilizers are composted and processed in such a way where all harmful bacteria is removed. The organic lawn program concentrates on soil health not plant heath. It is very simple… A heathy soil will produce a healthy plant. The more organic matter applied, the healthier the soil will be.
Advantages of Organic Fertilizer:
As organic fertilizers break down, they improve the structure of the soil and increase its ability to retain water and vital nutrients.
- They are the ultimate slow-release fertilizers and impossible to over fertilize
- There are no toxic buildups of chemicals and salts that can be poisonous to your lawn.
Organic fertilizers are biodegradable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
Disadvantages of Organic Fertilizer:
More expensive than its chemical counterpart
You must have some patience, as it takes some time for it to break down naturally and release the nutrients.
Chemical Fertilizers or “organic based”
Chemical fertilizers are made from petroleum products and rocks/minerals. Some of the chemicals may be naturally occurring. However, the difference is that the nutrients in chemical fertilizers are extremely refined and stripped of substances that control their availability and breakdown.
Advantages of Chemical Fertilizer:
Since the nutrients are available to the plants immediately, you will see improvement in a very short period.
- They are quite inexpensive.
Disadvantages of Chemical Fertilizer:
- Chemical fertilizers are primarily made from nonrenewable sources, including fossil fuels and are a major contributor to the release of greenhouse gasses
They focus on the grass plant, however, do nothing to sustain the soil. The fillers will deteriorate the soil structure and kill valuable microbes and will result in a dead and inert environment for the grass to grow.
This will make your lawn dependent of these chemical additives as the soil can no longer maintain life on its own. Your lawn is now a drug addict!
Chemical fertilizers tend to leach with rainfall or watering.
Repeated applications of chemical fertilizers will result in a toxic buildup of chemicals such as arsenic, cadmium, and uranium. These toxic chemicals will eventually make their way into the water table
Our Base Program
Spring – Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Late Spring- Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Summer – Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Fall – Organic Lawn Fertilizer
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add Weed Control $55/appl
add Core Aeration $70.00*
Chinch Bug / Grub Control $115.00*
* based on 2000 sq.ft of lawn area
** free kelp application available to new customers only
What are the lawn care practices that are necessary for a healthy lawn?
- Set your mower as high as it will go; 2.5 to 3 inches
- Sharpen the blades routinely!
- Mow regularly – but never cut off more than one-third of the grass stem at a time!
- Water only when your lawn shows signs of drought stress and then water deeply (put a cup in your sprinkler zone and make sure it gets at least an inch and a half of water)
- Choose the right grass – choose a grass seed that contains a mixture of mostly Creeping Red Fescue, endophytic ryegrasses, and some Kentucky bluegrass and spread them on your lawn in late fall/early winter (Dormant Overseed). A thick lawn will prevent weeds from invading your lawn!
- Grasscycle – leave your grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil. This will reduce your need for fertilizer by 30%, and reduce your need for watering (grass clippings are more than 95% water)
Remove Thatch – thatch is a thick compacted layer of dead plants and grass which attracts harmful insects. Too much thatch stops water and nutrients from getting to the roots