Family pets that are allowed outdoors can become ill from chemicals found in popular lawn fertilizers. They might eat grass, inhale fertilizer fumes or drink runoff contaminated by fertilizer compounds. Organic fertilizers will also control insect infestations while feeding and vitalizing your grass.
Chemical fertilizers pose a threat to both animals and people. Ingesting harmful chemicals can cause serious health risks, while organic varieties can greatly reduce this threat. Lawns properly fertilized without harmful chemicals can be healthy and insect free without the same level of toxins, according to the Colorado State University website.
Chemical fertilizers rely on synthesize materials to promote insect control while feeding lawns with the same macro-nutrients that they receive through organic brands. Without adequate penetration of the soil, the fertilizers become ineffective and will coat grass blades with harmful chemicals. Always adequately water the soil after applying fertilizers to prevent this buildup from taking place.
Lawns naturally produce important nutrients that can be collected after the lawn is cut and composted. Clover, grass, animal and bird feces all add to the lawns levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Fertilizing a lawn with these materials collected from other parts of the land can greatly reduce maintenance without the use of store-bought fertilizers.
Some plants produce natural insect-controlling agents that can be harvested for compost and applied to the lawn. Garlic, onions and cayenne pepper are a few of the planted added to fertilizers for their ability to repel a large variety of insects. Creating and applying homemade pesticides using these agents is one way to increase their effectiveness without endangering your children or animals.
Many nontoxic, organic fertilizers are produced by large manufacturers. By combining manure, feather and corn meal, and limestone they create healthy forms of fertilizer that are sold in both spray and dry varieties.