5 Things manufacturers of synthetic fertilizers
do not want you to know

Synthetic Fertilizer does nothing for your Soil

Although most people do not realize this simple fact, it is true. Synthetic Fertilizers feed your lawn quickly by giving it a quick shot of nutrients. It is the plant world equivalent of steroids. Much like in humans, the recipient appears healthy on the outside but underneath things aren’t as healthy as they seem.

Synthetic Fertilizers actually reduce beneficial Micro Organisms in the soil

Your soil has its own eco system. I won’t bore you with a micro biology lesson here but I will give you the simplified version. There are literally millions (possibly billions) of bacteria, fungi, nematodes, earthworms etc. living, eating, defecating, and dying in the soil of your lawn. These processes (when the eco system is healthy) provide your lawn with all the nutrition it needs. It is how plants have been nourished for millions of years prior to the advent of Synthetic Fertilizer. Synthetic Fertilizer actually kills off some of these micro organisms and reduces the ability of the soil to nourish the lawn.

Synthetic Fertilizers are gone within 6 weeks

When you apply Synthetic Fertilizer to your lawn, your grass takes what it needs very quickly. 99% of people use more fertilizer than the lawn can actually use. Whatever your lawn does not use washes down the gutter and into lakes, streams, rivers, and even the water supply. It is no longer feeding your lawn, in addition to creating environmental problems.

Synthetic Fertilizer is a major Non-Point source of water pollution

The Synthetic Fertilizer that is not used by your lawn washes into the gutter and into lakes,
streams, and rivers. The overabundance of nutrients stimulates the aquatic plant life
in these bodies of water. These plants in turn use more dissolved oxygen.
This harms the fish that live there. In addition, Synthetic Fertilizer reduces the
soil's capacity to retain nutrients. Therefore, sediment and other materials are also carried
into the bodies of water which creates even more pollution. Your lawn may be small
but when combined with thousands of others using Synthetic Fertilizers, it is a part of a big problem.

Synthetic Fertilizer can be harmful to children and Pets

Numerous scientific studies have found negative health consequences associated with synthetic lawn care products. Several studies link exposure to artificial lawn chemicals to an increased risk of cancer and other health problems in pets. Children are especially at risk for negative health consequences due to their size, physiological development and proximity to the ground.

Obviously, Synthetic Fertilizers are not the answer
to giving your lawn the truly long term care it needs.

Human alteration of the nitrogen cycle is one of the most dramatic aspects of global change.  During my lifetime, the rate at which human activity creates reactive nitrogen – the nitrogen that can lead to water pollution – has increased 7-fold. Synthetic fertilizer is the biggest component of this increase globally, and half of the synthetic nitrogen fertilizer that has ever been used on Earth has been applied in the last 15 years. Fertilizer use and agricultural sources are by far the largest problem contributing to the nitrogen flux down the Mississippi River to the “dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico.
Robert W. Howarth, Ph.D.
Hearing on Non-point Source Pollution:
The Impacts of Agriculture on Water Quality
2165 Rayburn House Office Building
April 19, 2007

Over 45,000 pounds of atrazine, a weed killing chemical, are sold each year in Austin in the very popular weed and feed lawn care products. The highly mobile chemical is not just staying on our lawns, but is also traveling to our creeks and groundwater. Atrazine is showing up frequently at more than 50% of our surface water monitoring sites and 70% of the groundwater monitoring sites city-wide. It has also been detected in 86% of the samples from Barton Springs pool.
City of Austin News Release (March 7, 2007)

Nitrate, a component of fertilizers, degrades water quality by increasing algae growth, which reduces oxygen levels in water and can potentially kill aquatic life. Nitrate is highly mobile and infiltrates quickly to groundwater and springs.
City of Austin News Release (March 7, 2007)

Long term use of synthetic fertilizers can cause a lawn or garden to become a wasteland on the microscopic level where only the most tolerant of microorganisms can survive.
Doug King (Ottowa Horticulture Society)


How would
it feel to…….

…Save up to 50%
on your lawn watering bill?
How much money could you save
if you could literally cut your lawn
water usage in half?
…Know your kids and pets are not being exposed to harmful lawn chemicals?
…have a naturally beautiful, healthy lawn?
A lawn that is better able to survive the stresses of drought, disease, and pests.
...have a more “environmentally friendly” lawn?
A lawn which helps reduce non-point source pollutants (which is the number one pollutant in our lakes, rivers, and streams).
It may sound too good to be true but it is possible. It’s much simpler than you might imagine. I guarantee it!