Best Lawn Fertilizer for Your Yard
The best lawn fertilizers will help you create a healthy lawn with lush green grass and vibrant blooms. The right kind of fertilizer can make all the difference in your yard’s appearance and health. We’ll give you tips on what types of fertilizer work best for different plants and areas of your yard. You’ll also learn about the pros and cons of each type of fertilizer so you can choose wisely.
How To Grow A Healthy Lawn With No Chemicals – How Do I Know What Type Of Lawn Fertilizer To Use?
If you want to grow a healthy lawn without using any chemicals, you need to know which type of fertilizer is best.
The easiest way to spot USDA Certified Organic Fertilizers is by looking for one of three things:
1. Look for the word “Organic” at the bottom of the product. Some “natural” fertilizer companies trick you into thinking they are organic.
2. Look for the USDA Certified Organic Certifier Name like OMRI or Certified Organic by, name.
3. Look at the serial number. It should start with the number 9. A 5-digit code that starts with the number “9” means the product is organic. This also means you are staying away from GMOs since all organic produce grows naturally without the use of chemicals. source: https://www.creativehealthyfamily.com/identify-organic-vs-conventional-produce-with-plu-codes
Dr. Elaine Ingham has some great videos on YouTube explaining why it is so important for homeowners, gardeners, and farmers to STOP using synthetic fertilizers immediately.
Soil Biology Master Class with Dr. Elaine Ingham
Did you know, that 93% of all the synthetic fertilizer that is applied to lawns each year, is washed out into local, national and international waterways?
Best Method To Add Bacteria Health To The Soil
What does that mean for the health of our water, soil, and aquatic life?
Synthetic fertilizers kill aquatic and soil bacteria.
Synthetic fertilizers are in fact, similar to antibiotics.
What happens to a human organism that ingests antibiotics?
The anti-biotic will kill most of the good and bad bacteria in our guts, causing a lot of long-lasting health problems as a result.
How do synthetic fertilizers end up in the stream down the road?
1. Landscapers or homeowner applies Weed and Feed or some synthetic fertilizer to their lawns to “green” them up.
2. Sprinkler system comes on the next day and washes 93% of that synthetic fertilizer into the drain and the curb/sidewalk/streets.
3. Rain events push those synthetic fertilizers into neighboring fields, yards, parks, and waterways.
4. Those synthetic fertilizers go on to damage and kill microorganisms, fish, frogs, and the good and bad bacteria that make up all life.
5. All synthetic fertilizers break down into organic arsenic. So, the synthetic fertilizer that “stays” in your yard or lawn, is very toxic to you, your pets, and all organisms that live in that area.
If Synthetic Fertilizers are so bad for my yard, why does it work so well?
Just like antibiotics that kill off the good/bad bacteria and you eventually get over that infection, the fertilizers will kill the good and bad bacteria in your soil. The plant will get a “boost” in fake nutrients for a while, but after a few months, you need to re-apply the fertilizers to “green” it up again.
It is a vicious cycle that is very profitable for Big Ag industries selling these toxic chemicals.
The green color or growth that comes after applying these chemicals is temporary and “fake”. Your plant is now in a very weakened state as a result. Weeds, insects, and diseases will now find their way to your greened-up lawn. The green color does not indicate a healthy lawn.
The Root of the Problem
Root growth/length will show whether your grass and plants are getting enough nutrients, water, and access to bacteria needed to break down rocks into food sources.
The longer the roots, the healthier the plant.
If you see that your root systems are going down only a few inches and especially if they are branching out horizontally, you have compaction and/or bacteria death.
Quick Release Fertilizers and Slow Release Fertilizers damage healthy roots. Application of fertilizer each Spring or Fall is the #1 reason for unhealthy lawns throughout the world.
These fertilizers end up in our forests, parks, and meadows and cause dry grass. The essential nutrients needed for a healthy ecosystem are stripped away. Healthy growth is no longer possible. The slow-release formula fertilizers are literally killing the earth.
Beneficial soil microbes are needed for healthier soil. A hot summer and millions of homeowners using synthetic lawn fertilization are fueling a healthy dose of fire-inducing dry lawns and prairies around the world.
Synthetic fertilizers are not grass food! They cause grassy weeds, and poor grass roots, killing off deep roots and encouraging common weeds.
Turf builder synthetic chemicals are causing huge die-offs as a result.
Slow-release products that are not USDA Certified Organic are steadily causing unimaginable harm to global soil chemistry.
The desirable option is to switch to organic management of your lawn and garden.
It can take up to 3 years to convert a lawn from a chemically managed to a natural lawn.
It is a slow but important process.
After the first 1-year organic lawn management, you will see up to a 50% reduction of water usage or needs.
The water quality improves each year. Depending on the yard size, you will only need one application of USDA Certified Organic Compost Water Treatment.
Use only High-Quality Ingredients moving forward.
The natural fertilizer requirements for organic lawns are considerably less than for chemical lawns.
The fertilizer treatment for natural lawns in summary includes:
1. Set the water sprinkler for 4 or 5 am every morning for 30 minutes. Never run sprinklers when the sun is up. 80% of the water is Blown Away during sunlight.
2. Set the height of your lawn mower as high as possible. Why? Taller grass encourages deeper grassroots. This also helps the plant acquire the nutrients needed to build health. Taller grass protects the root systems from drying out with sun and wind exposure.
3. Leave a light sprinkling of leftover cut grass. This feeds the plant and protects it from wind, rain, and sun damage.
4. Seed in micro clover in areas that have bald spots. If you do not like clover, reseed with USDA Certified Organic Seeds ONLY. If you use seeds that are not certified organic, they are most likely treated with chemicals that will kill soil biology.
5. You can apply USDA Certified Hay or Straw over the seeded areas. MAKE sure the hay or straw was certified organic. Most conventional hay farmers use Round Up or other Herbicides to “harvest” their crops sooner.
USDA Certified Organic Fertilizers vs. Conventional Chemical Fertilizers
Organic comes at an affordable price, whereas conventional causes reputable harm to the human, animal, aquatic and biological life on earth.
Safer Brand Lawn Restore Fertilizers are out there. The simplest way to verify you have a safe fertilizer is to look for these symbols on the product:
- USDA Certified Organic
STAY AWAY FROM FERTILIZERS THAT ARE NOT USDA-CERTIFIED ORGANIC!
Organic Lawn Care consists of building the health of the soil. Once you have healthy soil, you will have fewer weeds, less compaction, and fewer toxic loads on your immune system.
Liquid Fertilizers can be purchased at Native Nurseries around the world. Make sure that the liquid fertilizer uses only organic materials and no synthetic items.
SYNTHETIC FERTILIZERS AND INORGANIC ARSENIC CONNECTION
source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4348354/ history finder on The Way Back Machine.
Doing a quick search on Google for “synthetic fertilizer turns into inorganic arsenic” will display the first result of a case study on a medical government website that was “taken” down, but If you place that same article in The Way Back Machine, you can read the findings on how Synthetic Fertilizers turn into Arsenic and the horrific health consequences for those exposed to it. https://web.archive.org/web/20210621043412/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4348354/
Phosphate fertilizer is a main source of arsenic in areas affected with chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology in Sri Lanka
Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) has escalated into an epidemic in North Central Province (NCP) and adjacent farming areas in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Studies have shown that this special type of CKD is a toxic nephropathy and arsenic may play a causative role along with a number of other heavy metals. We investigated the hypothesis that chemical fertilizers and pesticide could be a source of arsenic. 226 samples of Fertilizers and 273 samples of pesticides were collected and analyzed using atomic absorption spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for arsenic and other heavy metals in two university laboratories. Almost all the agrochemicals available to the farmers in the study area are contaminated with arsenic. The highest amount was in triple super phosphate (TSP) with a mean value of 31 mg/kg. Also TSP is a rich source of other nephrotoxic metals including Cr, Co, Ni, Pb and V. Annually more than 0.1 million tons of TSP is imported to Sri Lanka containing approximately 2100 kg of arsenic. The next highest concentration was seen in the rock phosphate obtained from an open pit mine in NCP (8.56 mg/kg). Organic fertilizer contained very low amounts of arsenic. Arsenic contamination in pesticides varied from 0.18 mg/kg to 2.53 mg/kg although arsenic containing pesticides are banned in Sri Lanka. Glyphosate the most widely used pesticide in Sri Lanka contains average of 1.9 mg/kg arsenic. Findings suggest that agrochemicals especially phosphate fertilizers are a major source of inorganic arsenic in CKDu endemic areas. Organic fertilizer available in Sri Lanka is comparatively very low in arsenic and hence the farmers in CKDu endemic areas in Sri Lanka should be encouraged to minimize the use of imported chemical fertilizer and use organic fertilizers instead.
During the last 2600 years, farmers inhabiting dry zone of Sri Lanka were cultivating rice using irrigated water and organic fertilizer. In the last two decades, escalating numbers of patients with a chronic kidney disease were reported from rural Sri Lanka especially from the North Central Province (NCP) (Jayasumana et al. 2013). Ministry of Health (MoH), Sri Lanka named it as the Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) (Ministry of Health 2009). A WHO led study found the prevalence of CKDu among the 15–70 year olds to be at 15.1% in Anuradhapura and 20.6% in the Polonnaruwa, the two districts of the NCP (Jayatilake et al. 2013).
Patients with CKDu do not have the commonly known risk factors for kidney disease such as diabetes and hypertension (Athuraliya et al. 2011). Histo-pathological findings in the kidneys of CKDu patients include tubular interstitial nephritis associated with mononuclear cell infiltration, glomerular sclerosis and tubular atrophy (Nanayakkara et al. 2012a). This picture of tubulo-interstitial disease with negative immunofluorescence for IgG, IgM, and complement are in favor of toxic nephropathy (Athuraliya et al. 2011). This disease is characterized clinically by tubular proteinuria; alpha-1 and beta-2 microglobulinuria (Nanayakkara et al. 2012b). The observed geographical distribution of the disease and associated socioeconomic characteristics are suggestive of an environmental and occupational etiology. Several studies have been conducted to determine the cause of CKDu, and five such studies had speculated about the causative role of agrochemicals (Peiris-John et al. 2006; Bandara et al. 2010; Wanigasuriya et al. 2011; Jayasumana et al. 2013; Jayatilake et al. 2013). Two of the current authors have formulated a detailed hypothesis that incriminates glyphosate, arsenic and heavy metal complexes as a causative factor for CKDu among paddy farmers in rural Sri Lanka (Jayasumana et al. 2013, 2014a, b). However the source of arsenic, mode of entry and role in the pathogenesis is not established yet.
Agrochemicals are chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are the major categories of pesticides. Urea, phosphate and potash are the main groups of chemical fertilizers used in Sri Lanka (Ekanayake 2009). Chemical fertilizers contain trace amounts of heavy metals and metalloids (Chandrajith et al. 2009). Continuous application of contaminated fertilizers during the past fifty years (since green revolution) may have contributed to increase heavy metals and metalloids in the soil and groundwater aquifers (Weggler et al. 2004). Sri Lanka is the leader in fertilizer usage in the South Asia (Sri Lanka 230.8, Pakistan 217.1, Bangladesh 184.4, India 178.9, Nepal 23.2, kg per hectare respectively of arable land in 2010) (World Bank 2010).
The newly improved varieties of rice cultivated by farmers requires a large amount of urea, triple super phosphate (TSP) and muriate of potash (MOP or potassium chloride), the three main fertilizer varieties subsidized by the government (Ekanayake 2009). WHO classifies pesticides with arsenic as highly hazardous (WHO 2004). Arsenic containing pesticides have been banned in Sri Lanka since 1995 (Fernando and De Silva 2006). Using arsenic to augment potency of agrochemicals is a potential way to increase sales.
The objective of the present study was to investigate levels of arsenic contamination in the fertilizer and pesticides used widely for rice cultivation, in four areas of NCP, Padaviya, Medawachchiya, Mahawilachchiya and Anuradhapura town (Figure 1).
Collection of agrochemicals
Samples were collected from four areas in the NCP, Padaviya, Medawachchiya, Mahawilachchiya and Anuradhapura. First three towns are situated in the endemic area and Anuradhapura is the capital of NCP.
Two sets of samples from each type of fertilizer were collected from farmers living close to the above-mentioned four areas. The fertilizer samples were collected from farmers into new polythene bags and sealed. These fertilizers are usually stored in woven polypropylene or polythene bags. (the weight of the fertilizer in a bag or the volume of liquid in a container indicated within parentheses). Samples of urea (50 kg), TSP (50 kg), MOP (50 kg), Eppawala rock phosphate (50 kg), NPK mixture (5 or 10 kg), liquid fertilizer (4 L can), dolomite (50 kg), compost (5 kg), chicken manure (5 kg), cattle manure mix (5 kg), wood charcoal (5 kg), paddy husk charcoal (5 kg) and coir dust (5 kg) were collected from farmers. 238 fertilizer samples were collected. Twelve samples, four each of urea, MOP and TSP were sent to the Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Society (IIRMES) laboratory, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), USA for further analysis. All the others samples were analyzed using atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) and stored at the department of chemistry, University of Kelaniya.