Ask most any gardener whether they prefer organic or chemical fertilizer, and chances are you’ll spark a lively debate. Even though both contain needed nutrients, there are significant differences between them in terms of the long-term effects on soil, plants, and the environment. Read on to find out why.
Thirty years ago today—August 28, 1978—when I was just 21 years old, I started Lipford Remodeling, later renamed Lipford Construction, Inc. I still remember my very first job and most of the 3,000 or so projects we’ve worked on since then. There are very few construction companies that remain in business this long, so I consider our anniversary quite an achievement. I’m very proud of all the projects we’ve completed over the years, and all the homeowners we’ve made happy, as well as the sterling reputation we have achieved in Mobile, Alabama, and across the country.
A few months ago, I had my yard re-graded due to some drainage issues. I filled in a drainage ditch and fixed it up with rocks, raised my front yard about a foot, sloped the earth away from the house, put in French drains – you name it, I obsessed over it. It was perfect.
Simply put, fertilizers are like vitamin supplements for plants. When used properly, they can treat plant “malnutrition” and promote rapid growth and blooming. When used improperly, however, they can be harmful to both plants and the environment, so it’s helpful to understand the basics of fertilizer makeup and application in order to choose wisely.
Mike asks, “I just moved into a rental house and the flower beds are pretty bad. I need a cheap solution which preferably does not involved plants or flowers, as I don’t want to have to maintain them, to make the front of my house presentable. Any ideas?”
The easiest way to make your flower beds look nice and neat, without even needing plants, is by adding mulch.