- Better than purely synthetic
- Better than purely organic
- Provides the best of both
Most "Organic" fertilizers are derived from, and therefore contain, animal bi-products as their source of plant nutrients. These animal bi-products are typically high in salts, heavy metals and animal proteins, things that the plants and the soils they grow in don't like. In addition, they rarely provide a satisfactory plant response compared to synthetic fertilizers. Further compounding the issue is that in addition to the organic plant nutrients they also contain the rest of the organic matter in the bag which is again, typically an animal bi-product. There are much better choices of organic matter.
Consider a different approach. One that allows the use of the finest "Plant Derived" organic materials combined with the finest synthetic plant nutrients, an approach that gives the best of both worlds: excellent, predictable plant and soil response while also being environmentally sustainable and pro-active. This approach is definitely green.
Managing our plants in a manner that is more supportive of healthy soils is Green and not just because your turf and plants will be greener in color. It allows turf and plants to use all nutrients much more efficiently, allowing for a reduction in the amounts of fertilizer required. This is because in healthy soils, the nutrients are assimilated and held in the root zone by the beneficial microbes. This reduces run-off, leaching and evaporation by keeping the nutrients where the plant can use them and keeping them out of the air and ground water where they are not wanted.
It gets greener still. Your now healthier plants (due to healthier soil) are more resistant to diseases and other pests so that fewer fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are needed. The beneficial soil micro-organisms also break down toxins and chemical residues in the soil leaving it cleaner and greener.
This approach is more than sustainable, it is regenerative, and actually reverses the damage done by the over-use of typical fertilizers and animal bi-products.
Welcome to the JTM Effect.