Saturday, May 2, 2009

Organic And Natural Lawn Care Advice

By Jensenn Hansen

Now that temperatures are finally warming up across the Northern half of the US and Canada, it is time for organic lawn care lovers to get out and get started for the season. We've all had to wait just a little longer than our friends who like to use quick releasing synthetic products, but it is well worth it in the long run!

Naturally treated or organically fertilized lawns respond just a little slower because organics need proper, prolonged heat in order to release their nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil. Traditional synthetic fertilizers, however, only need water to dissolve and hit the soil line. This means that organics won't produce any results until later in the year. Organics, however, do have the advantage of being slow release, feeding the lawn over time.

You should not get discouraged, however, because the slow release nature of natural fertilizers will pay off in much longer terms. Picture a child who eats sugar for a moment. That child will explode with energy for a short time and crash to sleep. This is how fast releasing synthetic fertilizers work too. They feed the lawn fast and hard, and then leave nothing in their wake. Slow releasing naturals are much better for long term turf health.

Now that you know why organics are better, here are a few of the best ones I can recommend for your lawn care regimen.

Milorganite: this organic lawn fertilizer is known as a bio-solid because it comes directly from sewage treatment plants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While that may turn you off, the fertilizer itself turns up the vigor of grass plants. Milorganite contains slow release nitrogen and also iron. Iron is what makes the lawn that deep blue that sets it apart. Milorganite is available for around $15 for a 36 lb bag that will treat 2,500 square feet. It requires just a couple applications; one in early summer, and another in later fall.

Ringer Lawn Restore: Ringer is a natural lawn fertilizer derived from chicken parts and chicken castings and provides a super efficient source of nitrogen for turf. It does have a bit of a smell to it; ok, a lot of smell, but works very well for rejuvenating a lawn that is in bad shape. If your lawn just won't seem to grow, try Ringer in the later spring or early summer and see if it helps.

Worm Castings: Finally, and most strangely, is the organic fertilizer for turf derived from earth worm castings. This one is harder to find, but is well worth the extra effort. Many folks are totally against the use of any animal by-products in their fertilizers and worm castings fit their needs. The nitrogen produced by earth worms is very clean and pure and lawns just love it! Give this one a try if you can get some in your local area.

Other than that, you should properly mow and water your lawn all year long to keep it in top shape! I wish you the best of luck in your organic lawn care endeavors this season!

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