The fertilizers and soil amendments we use are organic. Let’s take a look at synthetic vs organic fertilizer for new seed…
When treating seed or newly germinated seed it is important to use a high quality product. When a synthetic fertilizer is applied it initially forces top growth and growing new shoots above ground, then moves to growing a root zone. When using an organic fertilizer we are coating the seed in great organic products like compost tea, fulvic acid and micorrizae to increase germination and focus on root establishment. As the roots establish the new seed will grow in healthier from the start. With our organic fertilizer we are working to develop a stronger blade of grass rather than just feeding the top half of the grass.
“Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle…Large growths of algae are called algal blooms and they can severely reduce or eliminate oxygen in the water, leading to illnesses in fish and the death of large numbers of fish. Some algal blooms are harmful to humans because they produce elevated toxins and bacterial growth that can make people sick if they come into contact with polluted water, consume tainted fish or shellfish, or drink contaminated water.
Synthetic fertilizers unfortunately can reduce the active biology in the soil and the high salt content reduces pH levels with each application. Also, a high percentage of synthetic fertilizer does not even reach the plant but is either bound up in the soil or can become runoff which creates a problem for our environment. Synthetic programs usually use between 3 and 4 pounds of Nitrogen which is a lot when compared to our maximum output of 1.5 pounds.
Usually when other companies are treating lawns you are smelling a mixture of herbicides or pesticides. These products are different chemical formulations but the most commonly smelled herbicide would be 2,4-D. This herbicide is widely used and great for controlling stubborn weeds but the effects are not. This product effects pollinators and can reduce the living biology in our soils. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, researchers have observed apparent links between exposure to 2,4-D and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a blood cancer) and sarcoma (a soft-tissue cancer). I wouldn’t want my family rolling around in this product, would you? We refrain from using any products containing 2,4-D.