This is just a minor introduction to the many advantages that organic fertilisers can bring to your lawn, but I have put together a more comprehensive list below, so read on to discover how this type of fertiliser could benefit you. What’s more, I have even included a bonus section on why synthetic fertilisers may not be a good option for you and your garden.
What’s In Organic Fertiliser?
Before we get started on the advantages of organic fertiliser, I thought it was important that we gain an understanding of exactly what we are putting onto our lawns when using this type of fertiliser.
As its name may suggest, organic fertiliser is made from completely organic, or natural materials, and many products contain animal manure as the main ingredient. Other animal ingredients can be fish blood or bone. In some products, you will also find vegetable and plant matter, so you can see that there is nothing chemical that is going to throw your lawn or plants out of balance.
Advantages of Organic Fertilising
1. They Stimulate Micro-Organisms
When you use an organic fertiliser, you are essentially aiding nature to do what it does best. Let me explain this a little further. The microbes that are found within the soil play an important role in converting the organic fertilisers into soluble nutrients, which the plants will then absorb, and they help the soil maintain its structure. So, making sure these are kept healthy and receive the nutrients they need to survive are of vital importance for the health of your plants and lawn.
2. They Are Pet Safe
Since organic fertilisers are made from completely natural ingredients, they have the advantage of not being harmful to your pets. Gone are the days where Fido would need to be locked away while the fertiliser worked its magic. Your pets are free to enjoy the garden, and you are free to fertilise it without any concern.
In line with this, you will also find that the ingredients are not toxic to humans so if you have young children, they are safe to get outdoors too.
3. Slowly Release Nutrients
An organic fertiliser will release the nutrients on a much more gradual basis than their synthetic counterparts.
This is because the ingredients found inside organic materials need time to rot before they are made available to the plants and soil. This slow release of nutrients promotes a sturdier plant rather than one grown in quick and repetitive bursts (synthetics).
This does mean it will take longer for you to notice an effect, so patience is definitely a virtue in this scenario, but these effects will be much better and will last much longer than synthetics. They will also result in healthier, stronger and greener grass growth.
4. Good Supply Of Micronutrients As Well As Macro
Unlike synthetic, which only supply the macronutrients (nitrogen, potassium & phosphorus), organic fertilisers contain the micronutrients and other growth-promoting ingredients that are needed for healthy grass and plant growth – as well as supplying the necessary macronutrients too.
In most cases, crops grown using organic fertilisers tend to be healthier to eat and taste better. This is great news if you are planning to whip out the organic fertiliser down at the allotment or veggie patch.
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What’s In Synthetic Fertiliser?
There are a lot of chemicals in synthetic fertiliser, many of which you will probably last have heard of when taking part in a science experiment back in your school days. This says it all really, and when you hear some of the scary-sounding names, it is no wonder that you aren’t going to want to put them onto your precious plants.
You might expect to see ingredients sourced from the petroleum industry including potassium sulphate, phosphate and ammonium nitrate to name a few.
Disadvantages of Synthetic Fertilisers
1. They Are Soluble
In order to get the quick results that are associated with synthetics, most are water-soluble so they can run through the soil quickly, once the required nutrients are absorbed by the plant the excess just washes away. Additionally, this means that the plants will not be getting as much of the benefit as they would with long-lasting organic fertilisers.
You’ll find that the chemicals then run into the water system in your town which will infect and kill any fish found within little streams and ponds, and could then affect you. With such a hard focus on eco-friendly products and the environment, it is not surprising that so many people are turning away from these synthetic products.
2. They Are Fast Releasing / Acting
Even though a fast-acting fertiliser that results in quick growth sounds good, the opposite is, in fact, true. They are actually quite bad for your lawn. The thing is that this fast growth results in weaker plant tissues and leaves them more susceptible to pests and disease. Furthermore, the plants are more likely to be damaged during bad weather.
Also, as the fertiliser washes through your soil quickly, the colour of your grass will fade just as quick. This means that you need to re-apply more often than organics which means you have a much better chance of burning your grass. Not to mention the additional cost of multiple boxes of fertiliser!
3. They Only Contain Macronutrients
As I mentioned above, synthetics only contain the 3 macronutrients needed for plant life – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This means that there are other nutrients that your plants are not getting therefore it won’t be and can’t be as healthy as organic.
4. You Need To Be Careful With The Dosage
As it is so easy to burn your grass with an over-application of synthetic fertiliser, you need to be super careful that you don’t apply too much and still give them what they need. This makes it quite difficult for the average gardener to judge, and could also cause deficiencies in other nutrients.
5. They’re Not Pet And Child Friendly
Synthetic fertilisers contain a lot of ingredients that will cause serious health issues if they are ingested by humans or animals. This means that special attention needs to be paid when using these products in your garden.
If you have pets or children, it simply is not worth risking their health by using a product that could be dangerous.
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How To Make Your Own Compost Bin
If you are interested in making your own compost bin, which like fertiliser will also contribute towards your plans and lawn nutrition, see my article below –
In this article you will learn about the advantages of having your own compost bin, what you need to build it with step-by-step instructions.
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