How Organic Biostimulants Can Help Your Lawn This Summer
In the world of lawn care, there are thousands of products that can help you get and keep a healthy lawn. Each one has a specific purpose, targeting key areas of plants to either help growth (fertilizers) or deter growth (weed killers).
This article will focus on one of the types of products that help with growth: organic biostimulants.
What is a Biostimulant?
A biostimulant is a substance or mixture that promotes the natural processes of plant growth. To put it simply, biostimulants act as a natural boost to the plant, without changing the nutrient content in the soil or plants. They work by promoting growth and enhancing the nutrients already available. Biostimulants work gradually to improve the health of the plants/grass with what is available.
Biostimulants do not provide nutrients that are lacking, nor do they drastically change the composition of the soil or plant. If the soil or turf is missing nutrients, then the biostimulant will not help and a fertilizer should be used.
When using a biostimulant, especially an organic one, it helps to minimize the use of chemicals in the lawn. It provides the grass with boost, while removing any potential risks of chemical damage to the grass.
Biostimulant vs. Fertilizer
If biostimulants and fertilizers both promote lawn health and growth, what’s the difference?
When looking to treat a lawn, it is important to understand the issue affecting the grass. If there is a lack of nutrients or key elements, then a fertilizer is the better option as it will introduce the nutrients to the soil and help with growth that way. For biostimulants, it uses the nutrients that are already in the soil and boosts them, without introducing other elements to the soil.
Another difference between the two is the fact that typically fertilizers are synthetic-based and biostimulants are more readily available in organic form. While fertilizers can be found in organic form, they prove to be not as effective as the synthetic types and, as a result, using synthetic fertilizers brings chemicals into the lawn. These chemicals can have a long lasting effect on the soil and lawn, slowly damaging the composition of the soil.
The other major difference between the two products is the fact that the rate and amount of change varies between fertilizers and biostimulants. Since you are introducing nutrients and other elements to the lawn with fertilizers, the effect that they have on the lawn is a lot larger than the effect that a biostimulant will have. Biostimulants work slower because they are working with the natural processes without changing soil structure.
The Benefits of Using Biostimulants
While biostimulants may not be as effective as fertilizers in terms of promoting lawn growth, there are still many benefits to using biostimulants. As stated above, typically biostimulants are organic and so they help to keep a natural lawn. It cuts down on the risk of chemical issues in the soil or grass that can lead to problems down the road.
Another benefit is that it can help to temper the use of fertilizers in the lawn. While there are times that fertilizers may be necessary for the health of the lawn, using a biostimulant as a replacement for fertilizers when appropriate will help to cut down on the change to the soil and grass. It will help the lawn to grow more naturally than using fertilizers numerous times.
There are some things to remember with organic biostimulants. It is an organic product so it will be a gradual change and not an aggressive one, unlike fertilizers. It is also important to remember that every lawn is different and while various products may promise many things, it may not always work in the desired way for a variety of reasons.
How to Find Out More
If you are unsure about whether your lawn will benefit from organic biostimulants, then call the experts at Lawnscape. Their comprehensive lawn care program includes biostimulant treatment and their licenced technicians know exactly what your lawn needs to stay healthy all summer long.