What Is Organic Lawn Fertilizer?
Organic lawn fertilizer is a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. It is made from natural ingredients such as compost, bone meal, fish emulsion, and seaweed. Unlike chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers do not contain harmful chemicals that can damage soil health and water quality. They also provide long-lasting benefits, as the organic matter in the fertilizer slowly releases nutrients into the soil, promoting healthy root growth and lush greenery.
Organic Honesty: "Organic-Based" vs. "Organic"
The use of the terms "natural" and "organic" can be very misleading and cause confusion if not used properly. At NaturaLawn of America, we have always taken the position that the public's perception of a word must be carefully considered before using it.
In its strictest sense, any material containing carbon could be considered "organic." Plastic, for example, could be considered "organic" by this definition, and as such, we don't refer to our fertilizers as organic, but rather organic-based.
From the public's viewpoint, as well as organic farmers and gardeners, "organic" is a term used when referring to nitrogen fertilizer sources that are derived from something that was once living, such as plants or animals and their by-products.
At NaturaLawn of America, that is the way we interpret "organic" too, and we feel that it is deceptive to call lawn fertilizer "organic" simply because it may have carbon in it.
NaturaLawn® of America lawn care fertilizers may also contain phosphorus and potassium, each derived from natural mineral sources and deposits. The phosphorus and potassium used in our exclusive fertilizers create premium products. Since they are from natural sources, they are relatively more expensive than the traditionally used synthetic sources applied by other lawn care companies.
We believe that the benefits of using these mineral sources far outweigh the economic costs involved. That's because phosphorus and potassium are critical in helping build a healthy soil that encourages dense root systems and vigorous turf, and promotes active soil organisms such as earthworms and beneficial insects.
Proprietary and Unique
We have developed all of NaturaLawn® of America's fertilizers in-house, so they are individually unique, as well as proprietary to NaturaLawn of America.
NaturaLawn of America lawn fertilizer is also blended with our own special package of a proprietary mix containing naturally occurring conditioners and microbes, which help plants withstand disease and stress.
Soils are the backbone for supporting plant life. Think of the soil as the foundation for a house and the house being built is your lawn. Let's assume we were to build two identical "houses" side by side. The only difference is that one house has a solid concrete foundation, while the other is built simply onto the earth's surface.
Both houses will continue to look identical until some type of stress is placed on them. Let's say a minor quake occurs and damages both homes. It's safe to assume that the house built on the strong foundation will fare better than the other—even though both looked identical.
Soil and NaturaLawn® of America Fertilizer
A lawn grown under proper soil conditions is similar to the house built on a solid foundation. Most lawn care companies forget the importance of the soil and feed only the lawn. NaturaLawn® of America's entire lawn care program is based on the premise that
"We are not growing a lawn - we are building a soil foundation."
Feeding the Soil
We feed the soil with our lawn fertilizers—but not just any lawn fertilizer. While green plants don't know the difference between organic or synthetic fertilizers, the soil organisms do!
When we apply fertilizer to your lawn during the year, we are indeed feeding the grass plants too, but we do so by feeding the soil life first. This builds the foundation on which your lawn will thrive.
What Are the Benefits of Using an Alternative, Organic Fertilizer on Your Lawn?
Promotes Healthy Soil
Organic fertilizers are rich in organic matter, which helps to improve soil health. They improve soil structure and promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms that help to break down organic matter, making nutrients more available to the grass roots.
Organic fertilizers provide long-lasting results, as the nutrients are slowly released into the soil over time. This slow-release process promotes healthy root growth, resulting in stronger, more resilient grass that is better able to withstand drought, disease, and pests.
Unlike chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers do not contain harmful chemicals that can leach into groundwater and pollute our waterways. They also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting healthy soil and reducing the need for fossil fuel-based fertilizers.
Safe for Kids and Pets
Organic fertilizers are safe for kids and pets to play on, as they do not contain harmful chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin or ingested.
What Should You Consider When Choosing an Alternative Fertilizer?
Look for a fertilizer that contains the nutrients your lawn needs, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The nutrient content should be listed on the fertilizer label.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rate. Applying too much fertilizer can harm your lawn and the environment.
Make sure the fertilizer you choose is appropriate for your soil pH. If you are unsure of your soil pH, you can have it tested at a local garden center or cooperative extension office.
Look for a reputable brand that uses high-quality ingredients and has positive reviews from other customers.
To receive a free lawn care estimate, please contact your local service provider or give us a call at 800-989-5444, and we'll be glad to answer your questions or re-direct you to the appropriate NaturaLawn® of America franchise location.