Here in the Raleigh, Apex, Cary area, more and more people are
using natural fertilizers on their lawns.? Why are organic
fertilizers better for you and your lawn?

??? ?Natural ingredients are
released more slowly so there is less chance of environmental impact.
??? ?Adding natural ingredients to the soil
increases microbial activity.
??? ?Soil microbes fix the nutrients needed
for plant growth and release them slowly as plants need them.

On the other hand, petrochemical fertilizers are often high in
soluble salts that are detrimental to soil microbes and plants alike;
they decrease microbial activity and plant nutrient uptake. Although
these fertilizers are high analysis N-P-K, the plant-use efficiency is
very low.

Natural Kelp-based soil conditioners help lawns develop deep
root systems with proportional top growth by supplying nitrogen as part
of a balance of nutrients. Due to its balanced growth, the natural lawn
resists disease, insects and drought much more successfully than
high-input lawns do.

Naturally-managed lawns cycle nutrients efficiently,
preventing thatch buildup. In fact, recycling thatch actually gives the
lawn an extra two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet over the
growing season – a nice little boost.

Finally, natural lawns require less mowing than high-nitrogen
lawns.

? Conventional lawn care practices may cause micronutrient
deficiencies and inefficient nitrogen usage. Plants take up nitrogen
and micronutrients in a fixed proportion, so when nitrogen is highly
abundant, micronutrients should be, too. Most commercial fertilizers
dont supply micronutrients, so lawns may suffer micronutrient
deficiencies and often fail to use all the supplied nitrogen.

? Natural lawns depend on fixation and release of nutrients by
soil microbes to regulate soil fertility. Nutrients that are not
directly taken up by the grass are stored and released slowly in
proportions that promote healthy growth.

??? ?Natural soil conditioners and
fertilizers made from Kelp and fish contain potent macro and
micronutrient sources. Many of the nutrients are in chelated form which
holds them in reserve until needed. Plants get the nutrients they need
when they need them.

? Conventional fertilizers supply nitrogen as a salt. Salts
dissolve quickly in soil, releasing nitrogen which encourages weed
growth. In fact, a late-season nitrogen spike specifically favors
crabgrass.

? Lawn grasses respond to a nitrogen spike by producing
excessive top growth in lieu of storing carbohydrates. Lawns with poor
carbohydrate reserves go dormant during drought or other stressful
times.

? Rapid fertilizer release also allows nitrogen to leach
through the soil which pollutes ground and surface waters. Our soil
conditioner supplies many of its nutrients as organic compounds, such
as carbohydrates and proteins. These water insoluble compounds are held
in the soil until microbes and other organisms digest them,
“time-releasing” plant nutrients, with no leaching, no pollution.

? Salt-based fertilizers toxify the soil which reduces soil
microbe and earthworm populations, and consequently reduces nutrient
cycling, decreases soil organic matter content, increases soil
compaction and damages soil structure. Our soil conditioner helps
restore soils to their natural nutrient balance, encouraging soil
microbes and earthworms to repopulate the soil which increases nutrient
cycling and loosens soil structure.

In conclusion, natural fertilizers are better for you and your
lawn because they are safer for you, your children and pets, and they
improve the health of your soil, and thus are more effective in growing
a lush, green lawn.

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