The word "organic" is used quite often in today's society when it comes to food products and fertilizers. For me, organic comes from the earth, or byproducts of existing plants and animals. Farmers used to generate "organic fertilizer" from the animals they had in their barns. They'd use waste from animals to add nutrients to their fields. Although this process has become more streamlined and user friendly, using today's organic fertilizer on your turf is not that much different than the old school farmers.
On the other hand, today's "synthetic" fertilizers are byproducts from other industries such as plastics and adhesives. These byproducts are then put in a form that can be applied to turf and sold in bags to consumers.
We choose to kick it old school and use only organic fertilizers on our Greensward lawns. Here are a few reasons why.
They are not soluble by water, which means a big rain event will not wash them away from your turf and potentially into the local waterway.
They are broken down by small soil bugs called microbes. Warmer temperatures will activate the microbes, which break down the organic fertilizer and put it in a form the plant can absorb and use.
Turf burn from organic fertilizer is limited. These products are typically less concentrated, so if you make a mistake during your application, the high concentration of salt won't burn your turf.
To sum it up, organic fertilizers are safer for your lawn, family, pets and the environment. If you need help selecting a fertilizer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep it green!