Organic vs Non-Organic Fertilizer Guide Organic vs Non-Organic Fertilizer Guide
Organic gardening does not use toxic chemicals but works in harmony with nature, and referring to a fertilizer guide will certainly help you learn what the advantages and disadvantages of using either organic or chemical fertilizers are.
Advantages of Organic Fertilizers
Organic fertilizers provide organic matter which is so vital for the microorganisms which inhabit the soil. In return, they enrich the soil with minerals and aerate and loosen the soil, making it more fertile and rich in humus.
Once the soil is at peak performance, the workload is reduced because the level of that healthy state is stable, and thus, the need for fertilizer lessens.
Organic fertilizers prevent plants from growing more than they should, which in turn, prevents problems which will require more work.
Resistance To Disease
Organic fertilizers act for the soil like immunity shots act for humans against disease. They also reduce insect attacks to a great extent.
Pollution is prevented because there are no chemicals that could be washed away into the environment by rain or when watering the plants.
You can change the ingredient blend with no fuss and give the plants the ingredients they require because there are many specific formulas on the market.
In cool temperature areas the nutrients found in the organic fertilizer will be released slower than in warmer areas.
Large bags of organic fertilizer, which are more economical, are not found in all shops, and for the same area of soil, you have to use more organic fertilizer than when using a chemical one.
Pets and Organic Fertilizers
Pets, especially dogs, have an almost fatal attraction towards blood meal and naturally, bone meal. They may disturb the soil by rolling and digging, and they may also get to it when it is still in the bag.
Limited Selling Outlets
In some areas you may not be able to find the varieties you need for the soil, as the shops won’t stock them all.
If the soil is poor in microorganisms, it takes longer to break down the nutrients, and the beneficial results are delayed.
Advantages of Non-organic or Chemical Fertilizers
Variety and Availability
The different blends are found almost everywhere in the shops, in all varieties and mixtures: pellets, liquids, granules, tablets and controlled release.
Positive results are seen within 1-2 weeks.
Non-organic fertilizers are less costly than organic ones except for control release pellets.
Easy to Apply
Fertilizer spreaders and detailed directions for the right amounts are printed on the bag.
Soil Fertility In Danger
Microorganisms are stimulated to grow fast by chemical nitrogen, which can deplete the soil as these organisms then use the organic matter in the soil. These chemical fertilizers cannot be used repeatedly, as they damage the soil, especially as they are mostly made of salt, which can cause dehydration and destroy plant tissue.
Some blends have trace nutrients missing from their mixture; on the other hand excessive trace nutrients can bind up other nutrients and the plant will not be able to use them.
Danger To The Environment
The chemicals in these fertilizers may seep into the water table, poisoning the ecosystem.
There are many other disadvantages when using chemical fertilizers, such as the high energy consumption needed to produce them. They don’t store well, as they absorb water easily and can harden and become unusable. Organic fertilizers, although not as straight forward to use as the chemical ones, are eco-friendly and help reduce pollution from the planet.