Inorganic Lawn Fertilizer Care
Inorganic lawn fertilizers are made from heavy metals and other potentially toxic substances, making them hazardous to use if not carefully prepared and instructions not followed. They typically come in powder or spray form, which makes it easy to spread over a lawn or garden, but fertilizer spikes and tablets are also available to help prevent against “nitrogen burn” on plants.
Inorganic lawn fertilizer care products usually contain phosphates, nitrogen, potassium, sulfur, copper, zing and other nutrients. Some also include toxins for pest insect control, which can protect yards against unwanted destruction by harmful insect species. This type of fertilizer is usually inexpensive and can be found at many garden stores or retail outlets, making it easy to obtain and easy to use if instructions are followed.
Despite this, inorganic fertilizers can cause some serious problems if one isn’t careful in using them. Pets or wildlife that consume plants treated with inorganic fertilizers may become ill or even die if the fertilizer has not yet been absorbed by the soil or plant. Also, there have been cases of this type of lawn fertilizer seeping into ground water, causing a human health hazard. Because many of these products are made from nonrenewable sources, sustainability is also an issue, and over fertilized soil will not yield a healthy lawn.
Organic Lawn Fertilizer Care
Organic lawn fertilizer care is a safer method that uses natural products such as animal manure, compost refuse and plant material to help keep a yard looking healthy and green. It’s a renewable source and sometimes can even be made at home with a few preparations and a little space. It is much less dangerous to humans and animals, which makes it a viable alternative in some cases.
However, organic lawn fertilizer care methods tend to be more bulky and less consistent in results, and when purchased, can be more expensive.