Organic Vs. Synthetic Plant Fertilizer
For the convenience of our clients, we offer both organic and synthetic plant fertilizers for you to choose from. This offers price flexibility as each method has a different cost associated with it. The nutrients in organic fertilizers are absorbed into your soil and plants at a slower rate when compared to synthetic plant fertilizers.
Mulch is the primary organic plant fertilizer we use. Mulch has many benefits for your plants by improving the soil they grow in. In short, mulch puts nutrients back into the soil which your plants need to grow vibrantly. When done correctly, mulch enriches your soil with small amounts of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, which are essential elements your plants crave. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are present in almost all other fertilizers as well, meaning mulch is a fantastic natural and organic plant fertilizer. Mulch alone can nourish your landscape with approximately 25% of the nutrients your plants require for a full year, which is enough to eliminate one plant fertilizer treatment. In addition to mulch, we use manure as our secondary organic plant fertilizer method. Manure is a common organic fertilizer used in Santa Barbara due to it having a moderate to fast absorption rate, for an organic fertilizer. Cow manure has a moderate uptake rate, and may sometimes contain weed seeds, but it has many valuable nutrients your plants desire. Poultry manure has a faster uptake rate, and is best used after harvesting, or before planting, as it is absorbed quickly for an organic fertilizer. Although manure has a moderate absorption rate, non-organic fertilizers are absorbed at a much faster rate.
Synthetic fertilizers are absorbed much faster than organic fertilizers, but they dissipate quickly as well, meaning they do not offer an extended release of nutrients over time like organic fertilizers. This is mainly due to the fact that synthetic fertilizers focus on providing nutrients to the plant, whereas organic fertilizers enrich the soil, which then provides nutrients to the plant. A benefit of synthetic fertilizers is that they are much cheaper than organic fertilizers. We offer a variety of synthetic fertilizers to accommodate different plants present in your landscape. The choice is all yours on which fertilizers you want us to use on your property, whether it be all organic, all synthetic or a hybrid between the two.