Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your fertilizer? If you’re buying conventional fertilizer, it can contain lots of synthetic chemicals:
Ammonium sulfate, ammonium phosphate, ammonium nitrate, urea, ammonium chloride and more.
Big box stores will tell you this kind of fertilizer is perfectly “safe” for produce and gardens, but the chemicals can still be risky for plants and even the environment outside of your landscaping!
Risks of Conventional Fertilizer
After watering or rain, the toxins in conventional fertilizers can get into underground waters which spread throughout your ecosystem, impacting local fish and fowl.
Synthetic fertilizers’ high acid content also decreases your soil’s production of naturally-occurring microorganisms, which break down matter into plant nutrients for your garden or crop. Soil that cannot produce these microorganisms risks its ability to retain water, distribute nutrients, and becomes very susceptible to disease.
In fact, synthetic fertilizers can do so much damage to the natural makeup of your soil that simply switching back to a “Green” fertilizer is not often enough – in some cases, the entire soil beds must be replaced to encourage a re-growth of natural bacteria.
A Greener Fertilizer
For the healthiest and most natural soil for your plants, look for a fertilizer that is OMRI certified, like Jobes Organic Fertilizer that you can find in Colorado Springs. The OMRI certification let you know that the fertilizer is 100% natural with no chemicals or carcinogens.
For added security, check the ingredients list again. You should see things like cottonseed meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, and manure – but no chemicals.
After getting a new landscaping solution from ABCLandscaping or any other vendor, make sure you take care of your plants with chemical-free fertilizers to increase the vibrancy of your garden as well as the health of your overall environment.