Whether you are planning a garden in your yard or simply want to take care of your lawn properly, it is essential to know the difference between organic lawn care fertilizers and compost. Both products are needed at different stages of gardening to make the soil more fertile and the plants healthier. However, the ingredients are different in fertilizers and compost.
Fertilizers, including organic ones, are plant food. Plants take them from the soil where nutrients from the fertilizer are absorbed. The ingredients of fertilizers are meant to meet the requirements of the plants. Contrary to the popular belief that they make the soil more fertile, in fact fertilizers prevent the growth of microbial organisms considered vital to the health of the soil. Thus, their excessive use, year after year, can alter the chemical composition of the soil, reducing its fertility.
Compost, on the other hand, is actually food for the soil and not for the plants. It is made from plant residues from yards and gardens, animal carcasses, paper and cardboard products, wood, etc. It is full of ingredients that increase the fertility of the soil. This obviously results in improved plant and grass production. Compost is useful in promoting microbial growth of the soil, which makes the soil healthier and richer in nutrients, also promoting better plant growth, providing them with food and helping to transport the necessary moisture into the soil, which contributes to increasing their resistance to various diseases.