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Fertilizer Prices Push Change to Organic Methods

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 7 December , 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, experts do not always agree on an overall economic forecast.  Some feel that the economy will rebound quickly; others believe it will take longer for the world to shake off the effects of the pandemic and normalize supply chains.  In the meantime, inflation has hit almost all sectors to a greater or lesser degree, including man-made fertilizers.  The rising price of nitrogen fertilizers and other soil amendments have made some landscape businesses turn to more natural, organic methods to defray costs.  This change is not only good for the environment but may signal a shift away from the old mindset of chemical-based fertilizers.

Rising Fertilizer Prices Drive Move Away From Chemicals

A recent report indicates that the price of nitrogen-based fertilizers has increased by more than 100 percent over the past two years.  While the largest implication of these costs applies to large-scale farming enterprises, smaller landscape companies and even individual home or business owners who rely on commercial fertilizers are also feeling the bite.  The cost of applying fertilizers to maintain lush lawns and lovely landscapes has risen significantly, along with the cost of materials, tools, and everything else related to outdoor area care.

The good news is that these price spikes may be encouraging landscape companies to consider moving to low- or no-cost organic maintenance methods.  By changing over to organic, many landscape companies can see an immediate drop in their overhead, and clients can still enjoy beautiful, healthy outdoor spaces.

How Can Organic Methods Save Money on Landscape Maintenance?

Organic methods are often overlooked when considering how to maintain a lawn or garden, simply because most people are used to the convenience of “purchase and pour” products that promise unparalleled results.  However, many organic maintenance methods are really no more work than chemical applications and offer the bonus of being highly affordable and good for the environment.  For example:

  • Organic fertilizers, such as worm castings, are often much less expensive than commercial fertilizers, especially since the price increases for nitrogen-based products. In some cases, high-quality organic fertilizer components can be found for less than their nitrogen counterparts; in other cases, the costs may be equivalent, but the organic fertilizer may last longer or treat larger spaces.
  • Organic fertilizers often outperform chemical solutions. While chemical fertilizers are touted as being high-performing, it is hard to beat the combination of rich, organic compost and a well-planned system of natural fertilizers for stunning, healthy plant growth.
  • Organic fertilizers are often self-propagating, saving money in the long run. Many forms of natural plant amendments are sustainable, meaning that they will reproduce themselves without help from humans.  Compost, for example, can be created simply by letting plants die back naturally and fertilize the soil, making it rich and welcoming for the next set of plants.

Ultimately, organic fertilizers help business owners save on the cost of landscaping and ensure a vibrant, beautiful outdoor space that is kind to the environment.

If you are interested in learning more about organic landscaping methods, contact Juniper Landscape Company today.  We will be happy to work with you to create a sustainable, healthy plan for your outdoor spaces!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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