Organic fertilizer benefits for your lawn
Organic products consist of 100% natural organic matter from derived partially decomposed remains of plants or animals. Organic fertilizers are made from materials such as compost, sea weed, fish meal, bone meal, and animal manures.
Organic based vs 100% natural
Fertilizers that contain at least 15% organic matter can be described as “Organic based”. We prefer and recommend totally organic natural fertilizers.
Is it worth it?
Organic fertilizers add organic matter to make a healthy soil instead of destroying the nutrients in the soil as chemical fertilizers do. As more and more chemical fertilizer is added to a lawn it breaks down more and more nutrients. Eventually, nutrients for the grass to live on are reduced, making it become increasingly dependent on the chemicals in the fertilizer. The grass (which has fewer nutrients left to support it) begins to deteriorate.
This scenario causes the following results:
A colossal waste of money both from nitrogen lost and synthetic controls required to combat all these new problems.
Improving the soil will promote a healthy green lawn and root system. As organic matter builds up in the soil, it helps the soil to hold water and nutrients, and helps to prevents soil compaction.
- Ground water pollution
- Insect problems
- Greater potential for disease
- Soil compacting
- Thatch buildup
- Decreased drought tolerance
Organic fertilizers provide a slow release of nitrogen. The central difference between organic and inorganic fertilizers is that organic fertilizers contain a higher percentage of water insoluble nitrogen (WIN). While synthetic fertilizer contain very little WIN, the WIN ranges for organic fertilizers from 30-95%. Water insolubility ensures that the nitrogen in the fertilizers will not simply dissolve in water with the first rain and rush down into the groundwater. Water quality in ponds, streams, and in Canandaigua Lake, can be improved by using proper organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers release nitrogen slowly, allowing the grass to absorb much more of the total nitrogen in the fertilizer. Only trace amounts of the nitrogen might make it out into the ponds, streams and lakes.
Organic fertilizer containing phosphorous should only be applied if a soil analysis calls for this treatment, thus reducing the amount of phosphorous run off from heavy rains into ponds, streams, and into Canandaigua Lake.