Pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides, as well as fertilizers can protect and enrich your plants if used properly. However, there is also the potential to injure plants and beneficial insects, contribute to water, air, and soil pollution, and even impair human health. It is essential they are used properly and used only after non-chemical and organic solutions are attempted.
Organic fertilizers should be your first choice and include manure, compost, or bone meal that came directly from a plant or animal source. In addition to plant and human safety, this is the ideal option as nutrients are released more slowly, soil crusting it reduced, beneficial microbes are fed, and over time, it can improve the movement of the water and structure of the soil.
Chemical and inorganic fertilizers, on the other hand, are very concentrated so it’s easy to use too much and damage your plants.
Similar to fertilizers, it’s easy to use too many chemicals on your garden. You see weeds and insects and jump to use something you think is guaranteed to work. The main problem is you probably aren’t familiar with the necessary precautions needed to protect your plants, yourself, and the environment around you. If you do opt for chemicals to care for your garden:
– Choose the least toxic solution for your problem
– Do not water your garden afterward, unless instructed, to prevent damaging runoff
– Do not use if rain is in the forecast for the same reason
– Do not apply chemicals when weather is too hot or too windy to avoid chemical drift
– Don’t apply on paved surfaces
– Wear shoes, long sleeves, eye protectors, and any other necessary contact barriers
– Never apply more than listed on directions
– Do not pour out unused product into sink, lawn, storm drains, etc.
While precautions are necessary when using chemicals and fertilizers, they do have benefits if used and stored properly. If you are looking for one of these products, come visit our store to find the best solution to meet your needs.