Stop Fertilizing 2018-03-16T23:56:07+00:00

Stop Fertilizing

Chemical fertilizers create fast leaf growth, but can leave roots undeveloped.

Organic fertilizers and humus stimulate root growth and create more resilient plants

The runoff of fertilizers has created serious ecological problems in many countries.

Algal bloom produces toxins and can lead to mass extinction of aquatic animals.

Clean water with healthy amphibians has become very scarce

If you have native plants in your yard you generally don’t need fertilizer. Native plants thrive in the local soil and don’t need amendments. Regretfully our grasses are not native, and sometimes they require extra nutrients. The same is true for our vegetable gardens, where we distract nutrients when we harvest our produce. Yet there is no reason ever to use chemical fertilizers. Chemical fertilizers are causing environmental damage both during production and when used.

Chemical fertilizers are usually a mix of nitrogen and phosphorus. Runoff of these chemicals during wet weather, causes  great harm to our streams and ponds. Nitrogen and phosphorus create excessive algal bloom, which is a major environmental problem in our country. Known as red tides, blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, these algal blooms have severe impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems and the economy.

Luckily there are much better ways to add nutrients to your soil. Grass clipping and leaves can be mulched on the lawn for nutrients, and compost can be used as applications for both lawn and vegetable gardens. Adding compost is somewhat more elaborate to use than the light and dry chemical fertilizer. But it is by far the best solution for the long term.  Compost doesn’t just nurture your plants, it also creates a  better soil structure, it feeds the microorganisms in the soil, and helps storing carbon.