A short term solution that introduces caustic fertilizers into your landscaping can very well have harmful effects longer down the road. Chemicals developed to bring a quick ‘greening’ to your lawn, floral beds, and shrubbery can begin to condense over time, infusing your soil with too much of a supposedly good thing. This negative effect allows weeds to become resistant through familiarization and breakdown naturally occurring beneficial elements. The soil becomes unsustainable over time, acting as a sponge that becomes more compressed and unusable. Your perfect solution is to switch to a gardening plan that is based on organic fertilization to promote sustainable landscaping.
Organic Fertilization in Sustainable Landscaping
For warm weather landscapes, such as those in South Florida, it can be difficult to maintain an active and healthy fertilizing program. Plants absorb a larger amount of nutrients during their maturing thanks in part to accelerated growth from ideal conditions. There are three recommended treatments available for your use to begin your path toward organic fertilization. The first is controlling the eutrophication or hypertrophication, which is your landscape’s response to additives brought into its ecosystem. The second is the infusion of naturally occurring mineralizers, where non-toxic minerals are added to the soil to assist with creating a healthy balance. Finally, any reliably healthy and sustainable plan for agriculture should include worm casings to drive organic nutrients to your soil.
Eutrophication and Organic Fertilization through Compost
Eutrophication (or hypertrophication) is your ecosystems response to additives, either artificial or organic. By maintaining an active compost program at your home, you can reduce waste and create a highly-efficient supplement to your landscaping needs. Food stuffs broken down to usable elements adding nutrients back into your lawn or garden, supplanting the need for harmful manufactured fertilization. By paying attention to how your landscape reacts, you will be able to gauge what it needs to have brought in or removed for a healthy balance.
Mineralizers as a Key Component to Organic Fertilization
These natural products are the result of condensed seawater, and are part of any sustainable organic landscaping solution. Mineralizers contain 90% of the required elements for a healthy environment, and replace those minerals sloughed off through the warm weather growing cycle. Calcium, potassium, and iron need to be replaced occasionally, and adding in mineralizers is the simple way to bring balance with application. As safe and non-toxic additives, use of these have no negative effect on humans or pets.
Natural Worm Casings
Naturally harvested worm casings are exactly what they sound like. These are the waste and debris left behind from worms working through the soil. These casings are rich in organic materials that feed and sustain your organic landscape, bringing nutrients in an easily soluble form to drive healthy growth in any ecosystem. Each application is simply spread about the area in need, and the environment does the rest.