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Organic Vs. Chemical Fertilizers (Pt. 1)

Posted by Mark Nannenhorn on Mar 21, 2018 12:46:00 PM
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There are a lot of different opinions on what types of fertilizers you should use, what their benefits are compared to one another, and the eco-friendly nature of the two. With all the huff and competing trains of thought on the topic, it can be hard to get to the base of the conflict and understand what exactly is going on.34944340256_eaaa68c44d_z.jpg Of course, your opinion and others’ opinions, depend on what you and they find to be most important. How you feel about the environment and how much responsibility you feel towards keeping it healthy is sure to play a large role in some of your gardening and lawn caring opinions. To help you understand the basics, we put together a quick guide to understanding the differences. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

Benefits of Granular Organic Based Fertilizers 

Organic Fertilizers

What exactly does an ‘organic’ fertilizer mean? In essence, an organic fertilizer is simply fertilizer that has only been slightly processed. The ingredients remain in their original forms. So what kind of things are organic fertilizers you ask? Typically, these fertilizers come in the form of manure (animal waste), plant materials, compost, and other such things. These are great options for people who want to stay away from chemical options, but be aware that these fertilizers are often sold as soil conditioners because the exact amount of the nutrients isn’t known in each scoop or bag. Another thing to note when using organic fertilizers is that they are slow releasing, which is super helpful when it comes to not over-fertilizing your plants, because too much of a good thing can be deadly for plants.


A few benefits of choosing to use organic fertilizers are their usefulness in rejuvenating your soil, the help they provide with retaining moisture, and that they are biodegradable and quite sustainable. Great news for those that are concerned about how their actions may affect the environment around them and those that want to improve the overall soil quality and not just increase the nutrient supply. Organic fertilizers are typically produced on farms or in factories, and they are sold in most garden center supply stores.


Check for part two of this blog series to get the basic information on chemical fertilizers. When it comes to making good decisions, it is best to understand all of your options to see how they measure up with what is important to you and what you want to achieve.

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