At Lawn Serv, we love our organic products. When used correctly, organic products can be a fantastic, effective–and very safe–way to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to thrive. But, what are the differences between organic fertilizers and traditional? And, what do these differences mean for how you should be using organic fertilizers to maximize the benefit?
Let’s take a look!
First, what do we mean when we say “organic fertilizer”?
Organic fertilizers are usually made by processing waste from plants or animals (e.g., compost, or manures). Organic fertilizer components are often found in non-organic products, but because those contain synthetic ingredients, they cannot be called “organic”. Keep an eye out for clear labeling that says “organic”, or “approved for organic gardening” when choosing an organic fertilizer.
Are there any benefits to using organic fertilizer?
Yes! To name just a few:
- Organic fertilizers also promote the activity of healthy microbes, by providing rich sources of carbon to the soil ecosystem.
- Organic fertilizers contain organic matter, which enhance soil structure, and as a result, greatly improve the soil’s ability to hold onto water and nutrients.
- Organic fertilizers are also sustainable and environmentally friendly! According to the Organic Trade Association, organic fertilizer increases species biodiversity by 30% compared to other fertilizers. That’s a lot of healthy activity in your yard’s ecosystem!
But, there must be disadvantages, right? Well, sort of.
Although the organic fertilizer market is well-controlled and regulated, the quality of some products on the market may vary. And, since organic fertilizers often contain more natural and complex nutrients, they may be naturally slower to release; you may not see overnight results–it’s a marathon, not a sprint!
So, what’s the best way to use organic fertilizers?
Well, the easiest way is a Lawn Serv All-Natural Subscription Box, of course! Lawn Serv only works with the highest-quality organic fertilizer suppliers to ensure quality products and great results! Your subscription deliveries are timed throughout the season–and are targeted to your specific lawn through soil testing–to ensure effective use of organic fertilizers. If you’d rather choose your own organic fertilizers, that’s ok too! Just be be sure you’re choosing well-known products that have been reviewed by trade associations, universities, or other experts, as these will be the safest, most effective products for your yard.
As always, reach out with any questions–we’re here to help!
See you out in the yard!