There are many benefits to organic products. We include organic fertilizers and soil foods in our lawn program because they feed the soil’s microbial population, and this in turn releases nutrients to the grass plants. It is a two-step feeding process. Synthetic sources of nitrogen largely bypass the life in the soil because they are water soluble and readily absorbed by lawn grass roots. The soil microbes are responsible for recycling wastes in the soil. They also are involved in complex relationships with the lawn grass plant, providing them with a better resistance to disease, fungus, insects and stress.
In Jonathan Green’s New American Lawn Plan, both organic and synthetic fertilizers are used to encourage lawn grass growth. This balanced approach produces great results! Synthetic fertilizer works more quickly in cold, spring soil. Later in the year, after the soil has warmed to approximately 57 degrees Fahrenheit, organic fertilizers work very well. Great New American Lawns result when genetically superior turf-grass varieties, like those in our Black Beauty Grass Seed Mixtures, are grown in healthy biologically active soil.
In order to make satisfactory growth, grass plants must obtain from the soil adequate supplies of mineral elements. Of the twenty or more mineral elements which are present in the soil, some are essential for lawn grass growth such as potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron and magnesium. Nitrogen is an essential element, however, it is not derived from the minerals of the soil. The ultimate source of nitrogen is in the atmosphere, which consists of about 79% nitrogen gas, but exists in a form that plants cannot use.
By following the Organic Method of Lawn Care we work with nature in support of the natural processes described above. When your lawn and soil are in harmony, a natural balance is achieved by which the lawn and soil are able to ward off most weeds, insects and diseases without you intervening with chemical control products.
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