Landscaping has never been about cutting costs. Beautifying and maintaining your yard is often seen as a heavy investment with constant additions in tools, contractors, and trips to Home Depot. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to “fire and forget,” sit back and relax in your new kingdom? Of course! But it’s not so easy, despite the constant sales pitches from your local landscaping companies. But here’s somewhere to start; fertilizing your soil properly. Now it’s not entirely one-and-done, but properly setting up the foundation of your yard is a great, easy start to let your grass and flowers pop. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.
Effectiveness of Organic Soil
Were you to compare the ability to promote growth between plants placed in organic soil versus regular, industrialized soil, you would quickly see how much better the former is. Luckily, a lot of people have already done this, so you don’t have to. This article suggests the benefits both types of soil have, but concurs that long-term yard health is an obvious benefit of organic compounds in your fertilizer.
Before We Start
When you finally decide to start fixing your soil, the first step is to test your soil. Using the USDA Plant Hardiness Map combined with a Soil Testing Kit like this one from Luster Leaf will help you understand the pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potash content of your soil, important for you to get a maximum efficiency blend of compounds for your fertilizer.
Why is a Healthy Soil Important for Me?
Imagine you’re an architect. You’ve been hired to build a brand new mansion out in the country. The plans are set, everything is going great, until you get on site and realize the foundation is made of crumbling concrete and rotting wood. So what do you do? Head forward anyways, knowing any day now the whole thing might come crashing down? Or do you start by fixing the building blocks that will support the rest of the building, hopefully for the rest of it’s life? Surely the latter. The same should apply to your lawns soil.
Effective Spreading Techniques
It’s not rocket science; spreading fertilizer, be it solid granules or liquid chemical compounds, is completely up to you. The general consensus is to use a combination of a seed spreader/hose attachment, then slowly walk backwards in rows across the yard. From anecdotal evidence, namely my own, scooping out small amounts of fertilizer from a bag and spreading it that way works servicably. However, for optimal coverage, using a spreader is obviously better – no competition. The choice on which method to employ is based on your own preference for extra lawn care tools in your shed and the frequency of fertilization you plan to do every Spring/Summer.
Recommended Organic Fertilizer Companies
Now that you’re (hopefully) sold on organic fertilizers for your lawn, here’s a list of reputable companies to get you started on a purchase. I’m not affiliated with any of these brands, so it’s purely a personal endorsement.
- Neptune’s Harvest – It’s interesting how important fish-based nutrients are to both humans and plants. Their 2-3-1 Fish/Seaweed Liquid Blend fertilizer works great on both plants and vegetables, and gives an even balance of nutrients to your soil.
- Unco Industries – Use Mother Nature’s own inventions to your benefit with Unco Industries surprisingly potent earthworm casting fertilizer. This product has both short and long-term absorption nutrients which promote both growth and ecosystem attractivity, further strengthening your lawn.
- Jonathan Green – Landscaping Grandpa’s Mag-I-Cal blends of fertilizer cater to any type of soil, allowing you to make the most out of any situation in any climate.
- Espoma – Espoma’s line of organic fertilizers focus on long-term, slow release nitrogen for more uniform growth and health.
- Dr Earth – Feature’s a mychorrizal blend, enabling fungal spores to symbiotically attach to the roots of your plants and grass, enabling stronger nutrient absorption.