Organic Fertilizer – Why It’s So Critical For Soil Ecology

Organic Fertilizer – Why It’s So Critical For Soil Ecology
November 24, 2016 SNH Editorial Team
Organic Fertilizer

Fertilizers come from many sources. Synthetic fertilizers are manufactured from minerals, gasses from the air and waste materials. Organic fertilizers obtain their nutrients from natural organic sources such as microbes, organic wastes and other similar materials.

Benefits of Organic Fertilizers:

Beneficial to Plants and Soil – The organic matter in the fertilizer feeds microorganisms in the soil, improving the foundation upon which plants grow. Healthy soil is the long term key to lawn and garden success. Without fertile soil, plants cannot thrive.  Enriching the soil with organic matter also improves soil structure which improves the soil’s capacity to hold water and nutrients, releasing them to plant roots as needed.

Slow release of nutrients – Organic based fertilizer, like Milorganite, release nutrients naturally in a slow and consistent flow of nutrition.  No single nutrient dominates and plants receive a balanced diet, including a broader range of naturally occurring trace minerals and micro-nutrients.  A long-lasting feed means fewer applications and mowing less often.  This is because slow-release nutrients stimulate even growth and root development, where quick release synthetics accelerate top growth.

No Salt – Non-Burning – Organic fertilizers do not contain chemical salts which can burn vegetation.  This means you don’t have to water in an organic to keep it from burning.  You can apply anytime, and the fertilizer will be ready to work when moisture arrives later helping conserve water.   Organic fertilizers are also less likely to leach nutrients into groundwater, and can lessen the impact and damage to our waterways.


  1. Tomas Killington 6 months ago

    My brother recently purchased a home with a large yard. He is wanting to grow a garden, but he’s now quite sure what to use to help his plants thrive. I didn’t realize organic fertilizer releases its nutrients slowly to ensure the plant receives a broader range of trace nutrients it needs. I’ll be sure my brother is aware of this information.

  2. John 4 months ago

    I decided that I will plant a garden this year, but I don’t know what fertilizer to get. I thought it was interesting how the article mentions that organic fertilizer is beneficial since it stimulates even growth and root development due to it’s ability to release nutrients slowly. I don’t know much about gardening, but this seems like it would be a good way to ensure my first garden is a success. Does the type of organic fertilizer you need depend on what you’re growing?

    • SNH Editorial Team Author
      SNH Editorial Team 4 months ago

      Yes – it definitely depends on what you are growing. There are acid loving plants and alkaline living plants. As a good way to start : get quality topsoil and mix in quality organic !!! Topsoil then add organic fertilizer based on plant type. Best Sabine

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