Why go organic? Organic natural lawn care has many benefits. It's slightly more expensive that traditional, synthetic lawn care, but if you're concerned about your children, pets, and the environment, the extra cost is well worth it. In the long run, an organically fed lawn is actually healthier as well, so you can get the best of both worlds. Check out these six key benefits:
1. Organic natural lawn care develops a healthy root system. Since an organically fed lawn isn't dependent on synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, it grows more naturally and becomes more resilient. A deep, healthy root system makes your lawn hardier when a drought year or an unusual pest infestation affects the local climate. A healthy root system also helps a lawn to bounce back faster after it takes a hit.
2. Organic natural lawn care is safer for children. All pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are toxic on some level, and some children are especially sensitive to these chemicals. Children's bodies and immune systems are still developing, and exposure to outside chemicals can have adverse effects on their health, immediately and in years to come. A study performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed that nitrate, a common element in synthetic fertilizer, can cause endocrine, immune, and nervous system malfunctions. The fumes from chemical sprays can also cause respiratory difficulties in children, as happened here in Ohio when fields next to a middle school were sprayed during school hours.
3. Organic natural lawn care is safer for pets. Many people don't realize that synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides don't have to be ingested to cause damage to pets. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, so animals running around on a freshly sprayed lawn can get their coats covered in chemicals, which can then leach through their skin or be brought into your house.
4. Organic natural lawn care is safer for the environment. It's important to remember that anything you apply to your lawn affects the overall environment in your area. Whatever gets poured on your lawn eventually leaches into the local groundwater. Public water supplies become tainted from too many synthetic chemicals, and even private wells are affected by excess nitrogen.
5. Organic natural lawn care puts essential nutrients back in the soil. Organic fertilizer is very different than run-of-the-mill fertilizer. It actually feeds the micro-organisms that are living parts of your lawn. The micro-organisms eat this food, digest it, and then leave their own natural fertilizer in your lawn. This is the best kind of fertilizer you can get because it's part of the natural eco-system and creates the best possible environment for your lawn to thrive in.
6. Organic natural lawn care helps to sustain the overall health of the lawn. You can compare organic lawn care to a healthy diet for humans. While it's possible to get the USDA daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C and manganese by eating enriched cereal like Fruit Loops, your body is much better off when it gets nutrients through whole wheat and grapes. That's because nutrients in their natural forms also have inherent properties like antioxidants and fiber that get lost in the manufacturing processes involved with prepared foods. Just like human food, lawn food comes in varying degrees of nutrition, and organic lawn care provides the best lawn "nutrition" of all.
If you have questions about organic natural lawn care, feel free to contact us at Weed-Pro. We'll be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns, and we can discuss your particular lawn and what would work best for you.
|Robert Palmer is the founder and owner of Weed Pro Lawn Care. Since opening in 2001, Weed Pro Lawn Care has become one of the nation’s leading lawn care companies. A respected leader in both the local community & industry, Rob has received many industry awards, such as the OTF’s Lawn Care Professional of the year. Additionally, Rob is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazines and blogs.
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