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What is Fertilizer?

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Approximately 3 million tons of chemical fertilizers are poured onto American lawns every year, and the numbers aren’t that much different here in Canada. These fertilizers are all filled with the same things – nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and other minerals. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? It actually kind of makes sense why these things would help your lawn grow green.

It’s true that grass, like all plants, need some of those things, like nitrogen, in order to grow and thrive. But what’s also true is that to turn those components into slowly-released agents that can provide the benefits over a period of time, they need to be mixed with toxins like ammonia and formaldehyde. Some fertilizers are even coated in sulfur or synthesized polymer.

What is fertilizer? For the most part, it’s poison, and it’s clinging to your kids and your pets every time they play or even so much as walk on the grass. And even when shoes are worn, those same toxins are soon tracked into the home.

The EPA has labelled these types of chemical fertilizers as safe, which only keeps homeowners in the dark longer. The idea is that if Big Brother has said it’s safe, it must be. They wouldn’t allow dangerous products on the shelves. Think about that the next time you see someone buying a pack of cigarettes.

The simple truth of the matter is that these fertilizers are not safe. They’re bad for those that use the lawn, they’re bad for the lawn, and they’re bad for the environment. Even if these fertilizers were safe, homeowners and lawn care companies often pour much more on than what’s actually needed. All in a continual effort to get the greenest “healthiest”-looking lawn possible.

But that doesn’t mean that homeowners have to look at dry brown lawns all summer. There is help, and it comes in the form of organic fertilizers.

Organic fertilizers are comprised of things like manure and compost, nutrients, minerals, important oils, amino acids, vitamins, hormones, enzymes and

collagens. These help condition the soil, balance the biology within it, and promote plant growth. These fertilizers also deepen roots, build humus, and aerate the soil.

But they go far beyond just being good for the lawn. They’re also good for the environment. With the right organic fertilizer, such as the kind we use here at Stangl’s, carbon dioxide is actually pulled out of the atmosphere and stored in the lawn, where the grass can feed off of it.

This fertilizer is just one part of the solution we offer at Stangl’s, but it’s such an important one. We’re talking about so much more than just a green lawn. We’re talking about the health of your family, your pets, and the environment. It literally goes as deep as the fish in the ocean!

Be part of the solution and call us today at 905-641-8133. You’ll get the best lawn care in St. Catharines, along with a solution that you can see and definitely feel!

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