How many times did you go the the garden center looking for fertilizer? 5 step program, weed and feed, all purpose fertilizer, natural fertilizer, compost, manure, liquid or granular? What is the right choice of fertilizer for my garden?
Back in 1999, I was renting an apartment with a small yard. I kind of liked to maintain the yard. I knew the grass needed to be fertilized, so like most people I went to the garden store, walked around for a few minutes, and got whatever I thought it was best. Fertilizer with crabgrass preventer? Sounds good to me. How does it kill crabgrass? I don’t know, but it seems easy.
How do I know what products are safe for me, my kids, pets, and the environment? Read the label first. Do you recognize all the ingredients on the label? Take for example any type of fertilizer from your shed. Check what are the active ingredients, and the “Inactive” or “Other Ingredients”. Just because it says inactive doesn’t mean is safe. Inactive in one product is sometimes the active ingredient in another product. And it is for that reason, I don’t think chemical fertilizers are safe.
Most people will consider Natural fertilizer as something good, and of course “Natural”. But this is a tricky term. I see this also happening in food when companies label it as “light” (with tons of artificial sweeteners), or “fat free” (with a lot of sugar).
The best way to get the right type of fertilizer for your lawn and garden, is to first find a product labeled as organic by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute).
You can also find products that are pretty close to organic but don’t have the OMRI label. This could happen at a local farm, where they manufacture products following organic standards. You can get seaweed from the beach and use it as fertilizer. Maybe local compost from an organic farm or garden center.
Products that I would certainly use:
Organic corn, soy, seaweed, chicken poop, fish fertilizer, compost.
Remember, you can always send me an email at Organiclandscaper@gmail.com for some extra advice.