Let’s be honest about traditional lawn care fertilizers. There’s no denying that they work! Chemical fertilizersmust still meet stringent safety standards simply because they may ultimately end up in the water supply. So theidea that chemical fertilizeers are not safe is just plain false. We use chemical fertilizers because they arereadily available, Chemical fertilizers are also more versatile, allowing applications to be customized tospecific challenges and seasonal conditions. Chemical fertilizers are typically faster acting than the organiccounterparts, are often less expensive and come in a variety of applications (pellets, granules, liquids,tablets, spikes and slow release).
Does that mean that the organic fertilizer is for the purist at heart or is there room for organic lawn care too?Well, because organic lawn fertilizer is “organic” it does provide organic matter essential for microorganismsand can be useful in maintaining a healthy lawn. Organic fertilizers tend to have a long slow release, have abroad range of trace minerals, won’t burn your plants (due to high salt concentration), and can last longer(fewer applications).
Traditional Lawn Care Is Better For Early Spring
Organic turf care has disadvantages too. They are slow to release nutrients and so applications in cooler soilare not conducive to the release of elements. It may not be as effective in cold weather. Organic lawn care istypically more expensive , is more difficult to apply to large areas and are very difficult to apply in liquidforms (lots of clogging, skips in treatment etc). And while your pets probably won’t notice the typical lawncare solutions, your dog may want to roll, dig and romp in the organc options. It has a very natural odor (VERYnatural : ). Organic lawn care can also attract bugs especially if the mixtures are not fully composted.
So don’t rule out organic or chemical lawn care treatments. They both have a place in your lawn care and both canproduce healthy, lush, green turf. If you’re dealing with a reputable lawn care company, either choice or acombination is the decision of the home owner. Very often it is just a question of price. The safety andeffectiveness of each – properly applied becomes a wash.