Organic vs. Traditional Treatments

When you spray chemical fertilizers onto your lawn, they travel into the soil and can kill the beneficial insects and microorganisms who call this soil home. Chemical fertilizers work by treating just the plant, not the soil it grows in -- giving it a shock of chemicals it will need to green up and grow fast. But they neglect the soil, and strip the soil of all of the valuable nutrients it needs to develop deep root systems.

Organic fertilizers, like Ringer® Lawn Restore, have no risk of harmful results due to over application like traditional chemical fertilizers, so there’s no need to worry about toxic runoff or burning your grass.

 
 
 

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Research Report: The Powerful Science Of Organic

Studies show that chemical-free lawn care is good for the grass, better for you and your family, and best for the environment.

The organic approach to lawn care is simple and common sense: Work with rather than against nature, and the grass will be thick, green, and problem-free. But that’s not just a belief or wishful thinking: Research shows that organic care yields a thicker, healthier lawn than chemical treatments. Scientists also continue to document the dangers—for people, pets, and wildlife—of using toxic chemicals to feed grass and control weeds and pests. Check out these findings and remember them when choosing products for your lawn. read more »

 

Quizzes

Organic Or Not?

Are you using the most eco-friendly methods to care for your lawn? See if you know by answering these revealing questions.

1. My lawn fertilizer not only comes in a green bag, the product itself is green.

Answer: Not. No matter what color the bag is or what the label claims, the fertilizer isn’t organic if the contents are bright green or blue. Those are the colors of synthetics. Organic fertilizers, such as Ringer® Lawn Restore, get their nutrients from natural ingredients and are colors you find in the real world.

2. Children and pets can play on the lawn right after I spread weed-and-feed—no need to post warning signs or keep the family off the grass for several days after application.

Answer: Organic. Corn gluten meal inhibits weed germination, thwarting lawn invaders such as dandelions, crabgrass, and many more. It’s also rich in nitrogen, helping the grass grow thick and green. Corn gluten products, such as Concern7reg; Weed Prevention Plus, have no residual effects on the environment, so you don’t have to cordon off the lawn after you use them.

3. When I mow the lawn, I bag the grass clippings and throw them out with the trash.

Answer: Not. Grass clippings are a valuable source of organic matter for the microorganisms in the soil, and they can fill as much as 25 percent of your lawn’s total fertilizer needs, reducing the amount of fertilizer you need to use. Grass clippings are biodegradable but break down very slowly in plastic trash bags.

4. Neem is the active ingredient in spray I use to kill lawn pests.

Answer: Organic. Neem, an extract from an evergreen tree native to India, disrupts the feeding and growth of insects. Neem sprays, such as Safer® Brand Grub Killer, target grubs and other lawn-chewing insects, including chinch bugs and armyworms, and are approved for use in organic lawn-care. The toxic pesticides in chemical grub control products have been linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, and a variety of other health and environmental problems.

5. The grass blades often turn brown near the tips after I apply fertilizer.

Answer: Not. Ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate, and urea are the three primary sources of nitrogen in synthetic lawn fertilizers. When used frequently, they are prone to burning the grass, especially in hot weather. Feather meal, a natural source of nitrogen found in Ringer® Lawn Restore and other organic fertilizers, does not burn grass because it breaks down gradually and releases nutrients as needed.

6. My lawn needs to be dethatched every year.

Answer: Not. Thatch—a layer of stems, shoots, and roots that form a mat on top of the soil—blocks water and fertilizer from reaching the grass roots. Synthetic fertilizers that stimulate ultra-fast growth of grass produce the excess of surface matter that results in thatch. You can eliminate thatch by spreading compost and other organic materials, which entice earthworms to the surface to consume the excess.

7. When I dig into my lawn, the soil is moist, pliable, and full of earthworms.

Answer: Organic. Grass grows naturally thick and lush where the soil is rich in organic matter and has an active population of bacteria, fungi, and earthworms. The organic matter holds moisture for the grass and keeps the soil loose enough for the roots to spread out. Synthetic fertilizers are high in salts, which dry out soil and dehydrate the soil-dwellers.

 

Expert Advice

Finding A Better Way

Paul Tukey was a conventional lawn-care guy until his health pointed him in a new direction.

Paul Tukey was sick of lawn care. No, really sick. In 1994, the landscaping contractor from Maine recognized that he was suffering from Acute Chemical Sensitivity, a condition that left him with chronic respiratory ailments, headaches, fatigue, and more. As he investigated the causes of his symptoms, he began to learn that exposure to the chemical treatments he was applying to lawns was a threat to his health, the families he served, and the environment as whole. Along the way, he discovered that the chemicals he had been dumping on grass weren’t best for the lawns either.

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Thicker, Greener, Healthier

Simple Steps To Your Lushest Lawn Ever

You’ve seen people who are so determined to have the best lawn on the block that they spend their weekends seeding, mowing, fertilizing, watering, and caring for it. Maybe you’re one of them. Or maybe you can’t or don’t want to do all that work yourself, so you’ve hired a lawn-care service.

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Safer® Brand brings you a variety of effective lawn care products that are gentler on the environment! Most of them proudly display the OMRI Listed® organic seal and comply for use in organic gardening!