Repeatedly, we are told that chemical fertilizers and weed & feed products are the path to a beautiful and healthy yard. This is what the companies producing these products would like you to believe – but let’s take a closer look at the price we pay for using these products and chemical solutions. There are very real dangers to using these common chemical –laden products on your lawn and garden.
It is generally well-known that chemical exposure through inhalation, injestion, and skin contact has a negative effect on our health. But did you know medical data links pesticides to the deaths of over 20,000 people yearly? In addition, hospitals report annually 60,000 or more cases of children being poisoned by these commonly found chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and bloom boosters. The dangers are listed clearly right there on the product warning label, “…known to cause cancer…”
Why do we continue to introduce these chemicals to our home and yard? It’s simple – we believe the advertisements. Just for your family’s health alone, it’s a great time to consider switching to organic solutions.
Your soil needs bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes to create a biologically sound environment to grow healthy plants. In fact, the contents of one teaspoon of healthy soil will contain approximately 930,000,000 bacteria, 3 miles of fungi, 100,000 protozoa, and 500 beneficial nematodes! But traditional fertilizers actually kill these living nutrients and also leave high trace amounts of chemicals. The high salt kill off healthy living growth and the soil becomes compact, dried out, and leaves the opening for undesirable weeds to move in. Once the weeds move in , you are told to use another chemical supplement to sustain the plants and a vicious cycle is created. This cycle often continues until you realize one of three things: (1) The soil is dead and can no longer support any plant life, (2) You get tired of paying the marketing machine! (3) A family member or pet becomes sick from chemical exposure. These three factors are pushing organics back into the yard.
Chemical laden soils bind tightly, preventing water infiltration, healthy oxygen levels, and root systems to develop. How do you return your soil to a healthy organic state? Apply a proven organic fertilizer that is loaded with minerals and micro-organisms. The University of Texas, Texas A&M, and St. Edwards University currently use Microlife brand organic products to create healthy soil – promoting greater plant life while eliminating chemical exposure to staff and students. These institutions are leaders and innovators in the commercial use of organic fertilizers and supplements to improve soil pH. The use of organic fertilizers will balance the soil pH and replenish the soil to once again create a living, sustainable environment. This will increase the micro-organisms and promote water rentention and root development. Improved soil health will also lower your annual landscaping maintenance costs by 50%.
Especially in drought areas, one of the best benefits of organic gardens and yard is the reduction in water consumption. As we see the drought stages rise, especially here in Austin, there is a present need to improve the water infiltration as well as the water retention of the soil. By increasing organic matter in your soil, the soil becomes less compacted resulting in less runoff and your plants can expand their root systems to absorb the water. It creates a beautiful cycle. Water usage is reduced by half when organic means are used in place of chemical yard and garden care. The reduction of chemicals in the soil improves the water quality of our aquifers and lowers the health risks associated with chemical exposure. If you add the right organic fertilizers, humates, and root stimulators it will help you save money, create a healthy environment for your family, and help with water conservation in your state!