Although I’m not opposed to the judicious use of chemical fertilizer, I am a much bigger proponent of organic fertilizers. When you put organic fertilizer on your lawn you are feeding your soil not just your grass. And soil health is crucial to any type of gardening.
Organic fertilizers use natural ingredients like compost, bone meal, feather meal, molasses, corn gluten meal, and potash among other ingredients to create a mixture that contains a blend of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K). Just as important as the NPK blend are the extra micronutrients and beneficial bacteria organic fertilizers impart to your soil. Unlike chemical fertilizers that deliver the NPK on inert ingredients, organic fertilizers use beneficial material like compost for the foundation of their products. Plus the organic materials have staying power, providing long-term benefits for your plants. It is a win-win situation for your lawn.
Benefits of organic lawn fertilizer:
- Beneficial bacteria and micronutrients are added to your soil.
- Increased bioavailability of nutrients to your plants.
- Organic matter stays in the soil for a longer time than chemical ingredients.
- Very difficult to ‘burn’ plants when using organic fertilizer.
- Environmentally friendly by decreasing nitrogen and phosphorous ‘run off’.
One of our most popular organic fertilizers is the Ladybug Brand 8-2-4. It’s a great all purpose fertilizer to have on hand because it can be used on the lawn as well as in the flower bed or vegetable garden. Gaddy’s carries it in 6# or 25# bags.
As some of you might have noticed, we’re in the middle of rearranging the store at Gaddy’s. To make shopping the organic gardening products easier, I’ve put them all in one spot. Come by and check out our new line of Jobe’s organic products. Jobe’s has a fabulous line of organic soils as well as organic fertilizer spikes.