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Scottsboro, Alabama
tomp879
May 21, 2018 6:07 AM CST
My wife has a medical condition that doctor advise to stay away from chemical fertilizers. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Sue
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sooby
May 21, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Welcome!

I don't know what products are available in your area but this overview of organic lawn care may be of interest, although it is not from your area it may give you some ideas. It does cover organic lawn fertilization in a general way and advises against certain types of products.

https://learningstore.uwex.edu...

Another thing that helps is to leave the clippings on the lawn rather than collect them as this returns a fairly significant amouint of nitrogen to the turf.

I'm a little surprised that the doctor focused on chemical fertilizers rather than pesticides though.
[Last edited by sooby - May 21, 2018 6:39 AM (+)]
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 21, 2018 7:13 AM CST
Compost is one of the best things you can feed plants.
Porkpal
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Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 21, 2018 2:22 PM CST
Tom - agree with Porkpal but you can also use things like corn gluten or chicken-manure based products. Depends on how much help your lawn really needs.
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Scottsboro, Alabama
tomp879
May 21, 2018 3:03 PM CST
Thanks for all the recommendations. Will head to garden shop to see what available in my area.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 21, 2018 3:22 PM CST
There are good organic lawn fertilizers available just about anywhere I would think. Or, as others suggest, just spread a thin layer of organic compost or manure over your lawn. If the amount of grass infiltrating my garden beds is any indication, grass is pretty resilient. Keep it cut regularly, and water as needed. I rarely feed my lawn, but my goal is not a golf course. I'm happy with lawn flowers (dandelions, clover, lawn daisies). Keeps the bees happy.

You could also try the various cocktails that on-line guy is always pushing - I forget his name, but he mixes up common household items to either spray or sprinkle around. I've usually thought of him as a bit full of hooey, but you never know. If I recall correctly, he's kind of big on cola for some reason, which always seemed pretty off-the-wall to me. I don't even put that in my body, let alone the lawn...
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Keeps Horses I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Plant Identifier Raises cows Roses Farmer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
porkpal
May 21, 2018 4:03 PM CST
Is cola better than chemicals?
Porkpal
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 21, 2018 4:21 PM CST
porkpal said:Is cola better than chemicals?


The "on-line" guy's household product concoctions are chemicals anyway, if it's the "on-line" guy I'm thinking of.
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Bonehead
May 22, 2018 9:26 AM CST
I just did a computer search using 'lawn cola' and Jerry Baker came up - I'm pretty sure that's the guy I'm thinking of. He has some odd ideas, and many of his ingredients are not anything I would use in my yard.
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