Organic Versus Non-Organic Lawn Care


Your lawn is an important part of your home, providing a place for the family to play outdoors safely and comfortably. Caring for and maintaining that grass requires work and the methods that you choose for lawn care can have a far reaching effect. Find out what your options are and make an educated decision about the direction your household will go.

What is Organic Lawn Care?

Organic lawn care is divided into two basic areas that share a similar philosophy. The first is that the soil in your yard is nurtured and treated with organic fertilizers and other additives which provide the healthiest growing environment for your grass. The second is that both pests and weeds are eliminated and avoided with natural, non-chemical based substances and methods that take into account their effect on the surrounding environment.

This type of lawn care relies heavily on natural – organic – substances and treatments that will have little to no negative effect on the soil, water, wildlife or air in the area.

Advantages to Organic Lawn Care

This type of fertilizer and weed and pest resistant products are beneficial to the soil, adding organics that will include trace elements and nutrients that plants needs. Organic fertilizer such as composted manure will release the nutrients into the soil slowly, providing the best possible growing atmosphere.

The elements used in organic lawn care are generally less expensive, although chemical-based products may be more readily available and easier to store. At times, organics may have more odor (as is the case with manure) or be messy to apply, but they also do not leach harmful chemicals into the ground or pose a threat to anyone who walks across the lawn.

What About Non-Organic Lawn Care?

Chemical-based products line the shelves of garden centers and home improvement stores. These brands will provide a boost to your grass that is often highly effective, although it’s also commonly short lived. The biggest problem with this type of lawn care products, besides the environmental effects, is that they need to be reapplied time after time. Since organic lawn care builds up the nutrients in the soil and improves the strength of the grass naturally (making it more resistant to pests and weeds), this lawn care requires a steady or decreasing number of applications over time.

Non-organic lawn care products can also destroy the tiny microorganisms in the soil, which upsets the natural balance in your yard. Organic products, on the other hand, support the environment all around your grass providing a healthy place to grow and thrive.

Non-organic lawn care is often easier and displays positive results quicker. But, if those results are short lived and negatively affect the soil and environment in the big picture, which is the better choice?

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