For generations, we have been indoctrinated with the idea that an ideal home landscape should consist of several well-chosen foundation plantings and a large, beautiful, lush lawn. In order to maintain that lovely, lush lawn, we have also been led to believe that we must use an abundance of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. What if what we have been led to believe isn’t true any longer? What if we can still have the beautiful, lovely lush lawn without using chemicals? Let’s look at the miraculous things that happen in your landscape when you switch from using chemical products to using all-natural products.
The Root of it All: Healthy soil produces healthy plants and grass that have better developed root systems. Properly developed roots enable the plants and grass to better tolerate drought conditions. The application of chemical fertilizers is intended to jump-start the plant’s growth, which produces lush top growth at the expense of root development. This beautiful deep green top growth may look attractive, but the shallow roots that it produces are unable to penetrate deep into the soil to access moisture, so the plants and grass require frequent watering. If you stop applying chemical fertilizers and pesticides and focus on feeding your soil through the application of organic matter like compost, then the plants focus their energy on developing their root systems in conjunction with their top growth. This produces deep rooted healthy grass and plants that are better able to tolerate most local conditions and are strong and vigorous enough to crowd out weeds. For those weeds that they are not able to squeeze out themselves, you can apply an all-natural herbicide like W.O.W (Whack out Weeds!) that leaves no residue and won’t harm your soil.
Bug Time: The lush top growth produced by the application of chemical fertilizers attracts insect pests. The application of chemical pesticides to control these insect pests also kills off the living organisms in the soil, which reduces the amount of air and organic matter available to the plants. The reduction of air and organic matter available to the plants means that more frequent applications of chemical fertilizers need to take place to feed the plants. When you stop applying chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the beneficial organisms that are found in the soil return and help aerate the soil and provide organic matter for the plants and grass. Healthier soil means healthier plants that are better able to withstand insects without the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Better for All: Chemicals that are toxic to microbes and earthworms are most likely not very healthy for people and pets either. Numerous studies have shown that chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers remain in our soil, waterways, and atmosphere long after they have been applied and dried. They have also been linked to numerous human health issues like cancer, nervous system diseases, and reproductive problems. All-natural products, like W.O.W (Whack Out Weeds!), do not produce toxic build-up in the soil and when used as directed are safe to use around people and pets.
Time is on Your Side: Wouldn’t you like to spend less time working on your landscape and more time doing other things? If you switch to using all-natural products, then you will be developing healthy soil, which produces healthier plants. This means less time spent working in your landscape applying fertilizers and pesticides because your plants and grass will be better able to fend for themselves. Since they have also been able to develop a healthy root system, it means you will need to spend less time watering as well. So, instead of working on your landscape, you will be able to spend more time safely enjoying your landscape and lawn.
We may still want that perfect landscape and lawn that our parents and grandparents strove to have, but that doesn’t mean that we need to acquire and maintain that landscape using the same methods that they used. In the 50’s and 60’s the advent of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides meant that our parents and grandparents could easily achieve the landscape that they wanted. Today, we know the impact that chemicals have on ourselves, our soil, and our waterways, and we also know that there are all-natural alternatives that can give us the perfect landscape but without harming or damaging the environment.