Organic Lawn Fertilization
Improve grass health the natural, organic way
Many people are very interested in having organic lawn fertilization service applied to their lawns and landscapes. But what exactly is meant by organic? And does everyone use the same definition? Unfortunately, not all organic lawn companies use the same definition when referring to “organic” fertilizers.
Using a strict chemistry definition, any molecule that has carbon in it is considered an organic molecule. Therefore, anything that contains carbon can, by this strict definition, be considered “organic.” That means, then, that every fertilizer currently applied is “organic” because they all contain carbon molecules. However, this is a form of deception that is highly unethical and misleading to the consumer.
When most people say they want an organic lawn fertilizer, what they mean is that they want an all-natural or non-synthetic fertilizer. And there are many good fertilizers in the marketplace that qualify as “all-natural.” Most fertilizers in this class are made of poultry byproducts or composted waste products. There is even research being done at Michigan State University to create a lawn fertilizer from soybean byproducts.
Since all-natural fertilizers are low in Nitrogen, there are times when a small amount of synthetic fertilizers are added to an all-natural fertilizer to give it a quicker greening ability. One important thing to note about natural organic fertilizer is that they almost always contain Phosphorus as a nutrient component. Therefore, if you are looking for a fertilizer to use near a waterway, natural organics may not be your best choice, since we as a nature safe organic lawn company typically want to be very careful about using fertilizer containing Phosphorus near waterways.
As you are shopping for your organic fertilizer, be sure to ask a few more questions. Is this an all-natural fertilizer, a natural-based fertilizer or a synthetic fertilizer? Don’t let confusing terms like “food-grade,” “slow-release” or anything else dissuade you from getting the answers you deserve. A reputable organic lawn company will be happy to tell you exactly what they are using and what the differences between the products really are.