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Four Eco-Friendly Fertilizer Alternatives

Posted by E-Landscape on Apr 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

21122425_sMany businesses use commercial fertilizers to help their landscaping thrive. Commercial fertilizers used throughout many landscaping projects can do as much harm as good when it comes to the surrounding environment. Yes, they've proven to be effective fertilizers, but at what cost to the environment?

Some commercial fertilizers may pose health hazards to humans, animals and the environment as a whole. The best way to reduce the risks from these fertilizers, is to switch to methods that promote eco-friendly growing practices.

There are a variety of eco-friendly fertilizer options that can enrich your plants without causing environmental harm. Our favorites include:

Compost

It's no secret that composted soil is one of the best fertilizers available for your landscaping. Many home gardeners create their own compost pile, it is also available in large quantities for commercial organizations. Compost consists of a balance of greens and browns. This includes: fruit and vegetable waste, egg shells, coffee grounds, dried branches and stems, wood shavings, dried leaves and paper. The compost can be used directly in landscaping beds to promote healthy plant growth.

Egg shells

Egg shells are often used in compost but can be placed directly into landscaping beds as a fertilizer. Egg shells act in the same fashion as agricultural limes because they are almost completely calcium carbonate. Once used, egg shells are washed and allowed to air dry for preservation. The shells are then crushed to create a fine powder that is sprinkled throughout commercial landscaping. 

Coffee grounds

Coffee grounds are full of copper, magnesium, and calcium and can provide rich essential nutrients for your landscaping. Once brewed, coffee grounds are completely dried to create a fertilizer that is sprinkled at the base of plants. The grounds can also be mixed with water to make a liquid fertilizer that can be distributed throughout landscaping beds.

Spent grains

The beer brewing process ends with delicious beer to drink and plenty of spent grains. These grains from the beer making process are effective at enriching soil. They are placed into landscaping beds as long as they are soft and wet. The grains will break down and release nitrogen into the soil that the plant roots can then absorb.

If you'd like to learn more about ways you can promote eco-friendly landscaping practices throughout your commercial space we can help. At E-Landscaping Specialty Solutions, we maintain your commercial property with sustainable and eco-friendly practices.

 

Topics: lawn maintenance

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