In an increasingly “green” world, the tides are turning and many are seeking alternatives to chemical based solutions when tending to their turf needs. Obtaining their nutrients from microbes, organic wastes and biosolids, organic fertilizers are becoming a popular method of lawn care, as they provide benefits to plants and soil without harmful effects on humans, pets, and the environment. Reducing, reusing, and recycling of nutrients available to us in organic forms can be a great advocate in treating root causes… and not just symptoms of some many common lawn problems people face day to day. Build your soil, and let it take care of the turf naturally!
What is in organic fertilizer?
All fertilizers contain three essential nutrients to plant growth: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. While these nutrients can be synthesized, they can all be found in their natural form in soils.
Nitrogen: As the organic matter microbial decay cycle takes place, it releases nitrogen into the soil, which helps keep turf green and assists in plant productivity. Good natural sources of nitrogen for fertilizer can be found in yard waste, human biosolids, animal manure, and blood meal.
Phosphorus: Present in all living cells, phosphorus is absorbed through the roots of plants to help convert sunlight and other nutrients into food. Animal manure and bone meal (usually made from the pulverized bones of cows) are popular organic forms of phosphorus. Phosphorus can aid in root development (especially at time of seeding), creating a sustainable future for those turf plants for years to come.
Potassium: One of the most abundant elements available, potassium is imperative to overall plant growth. Organically, it is most often found in wood ash, the stalks of dead or rotting plants, and in the blood meal, muscles, skin, and organs of mammals. Potassium assists in disease resistance and cell wall structure of turf; increasing density of the plant to fight against all weather elements, insect pressure, and common lawn diseases.Get Started
What are the benefits of organic fertilizer?
Organic fertilizer is vital in not only feeding your plants but also building soil profiles. This provides long-term benefits and solutions for your lawn. Carbon is the biggest life element to man, and Left Side Lawn Care believes in applying organics to their current premium 6 & 8 step programs because it builds life under our feet; not deplete it.
Our organics that are incorporated into our programs are thoroughly thought through and implemented strategically. Most of our organics are from composted chicken litter, and due to the slow nature of breakdown, this source of fertilizer feeds the soil and turf for weeks to come. It decreases run-off due to the slow process of breakdown, and you get the product you’ve paid for instead of flushing it into storm drains. It minimizes the volatility of disease pressure and excess growth because it doesn’t release like a synthetic quick release fertilizer. A majority of synthetics merely falsify a feeding, and trick the plant into thinking it is being fed wholesome nutrients, when in reality it isn’t.
Organic matter nurtures a plant’s growth by promoting healthy root development. Soil microbes help convert organic fertilizers into soluble nutrients that the plant absorbs as food. It provides secondary and micronutrients your plants need for survival. While it typically contains less nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than chemical-based fertilizer, it feeds plants for a longer period of time. While organic fertilizer takes longer to work, it yields long-term rewards.
Organic materials stimulate beneficial soil microorganisms and improve the structure of the soil, giving it a loose, airy consistency and allowing it to hold more moisture and nutrients. If soil is fed only with chemical based synthetics, it’s structure deteriorates after time, which causes it to lose its organic matter and microbiotic activity. It’s less capable of holding water and nutrients, resulting in the need to be fed more frequently. While synthetics most definitely have their place, it isn’t necessary to apply them to every situation.Get Started
Our why and how is important to how we handle each and every situation that arises in the daily life of lawn care. Diligence to promoting an eco friendly, organic approach to our communities is important to relay, and we feel our services rendered at Left Side Lawn Care will evolve into a positive impact on generations to come. Let’s create excellence in the ordinary… a more sustainable way! Get in touch when you’re ready to make the leap and join us in our soil driven lawn care programs that benefit us all!Get Started