Fertilizers come from many sources. Synthetic fertilizers are manufactured from minerals, gasses from the air and waste materials. Organic fertilizers obtain their nutrients from natural organic sources such as microbes, organic wastes and other similar materials.
How is Organic Different?
Beneficial to Plants and Soil - The organic matter in the fertilizer feeds microorganisms in the soil, improving the foundation upon which plants grow. Healthy soil is the long term key to lawn and garden success. Without fertile soil, plants cannot thrive. Enriching the soil with organic matter also improves soil structure which improves the soil's capacity to hold water and nutrients, releasing them to plant roots as needed.
Slow release of nutrients - Organics release nutrients naturally in a slow and consistent flow of nutrition. No single nutrient dominates and plants receive a balanced diet, including a broader range of naturally occurring trace minerals and micronutrients than most synthetics. Organics feed for a much longer time period than quick-release synthetic feed. A long-lasting feed means fewer applications and mowing less often. This is because organic slow-release nutrients stimulate even growth and root development, where quick release synthetics accelerate top growth.
No Salt - Non-Burning - Organic fertilizers do not contain chemical salts which can burn vegetation. This means you don’t have to water in an organic to keep it from burning. You can apply anytime, and the fertilizer will be ready to work when moisture arrives later. Those with water restrictions or who wish to conserve water can simply apply and wait for the rain. Organic fertilizers are also less likely to leach nutrients into groundwater, and can lessen the impact and damage to our waterway ecosystem.
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