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Understanding Organic Lawn Care Products

Aug 27, 2008
Many people ask me what is the advantage that organic lawn care products have over man made chemicals. People will say that even the chemical fertilizers have the same ingredients that are found organically and that they are just put together in a more compact, efficient form.

Unfortunately, those people are wrong if they think that the man made chemicals are the same thing as organic product and that man made products are more efficient. The most commonly used lawn care product is most likely fertilizer, followed closely by weed control and weed killer products. When you compare the differences between the natural, organic fertilizers and week control products and the man made chemical products you see the benefits of using organic lawn care products.

Let us start with the organic fertilizer and compare it quickly to man made fertilizers. First of all, fertilizers contain some very basic materials--nitrogen, phosphate, and potash. The amounts will vary greatly depending on which brand and which type of fertilizer you purchase and use on your lawn.

Man made fertilizers will generally have more of all three ingredients, but that is not always a better thing to have more of. I like to compare it to a steroid used by body builders. Are the body builders (or baseball players) going to get bigger, stronger, and faster? Yes, of course they are. But are they going to be healthier than someone who lifts weights the old fashioned way? No. Your lawn may get greener quicker using the man made spray or pellets but underneath the green blades your lawn will be suffering and will not be as healthy.

This is because man made fertilizers are not good for your soil, which is the key to a healthy lawn. So you will end up with a good looking lawn for a short while, but then your lawn will need another shot of fertilizer juice. This is why most commercial lawn care programs use six or seven treatments during the summer. Unfortunately, all this ends up doing is creating a dependence for chemicals, as your soil will slowly deteriorate and loose the ability to support your grass.

Organic fertilizer, on the other hand will not give your lawn that quick shot of fertilizer juice. You will get some good nutrients, but they will not work as quickly. However, this is another case of slow and steady wins the race. Over time your soil will develop quite nicely and you will not need as much fertilizer. In addition, man made fertilizer will basically come in a salt form, which is not as good for your lawn.
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