Dangerous Chemicals in the Garden: Part 2
If you absolutely must use them then you need to use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides with care. Combination fertilizer and pesticide products are especially dangerous to use. If you apply too much you can cause what is called “off target” damage which seriously affects native species and can leave them vulnerable to attacks by insects that thrive in the nitrogen based environment created by the overuse of chemicals in the garden. Keep in mind too that when you use certain chemical based fertilizers, more times than not, that you might be killing off beneficial insects that help keep unwanted pests off of your flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Even when using these fertilizers, it is also a good thing to use alternatives such as integrated fertilizer programs that combine organic farming methods with biofertilizers like seaweed fertilizers or fish fertilizers. This will result in the long-term healthy management of your soil rather than just produce one year of gorgeous blooms and extra large fruit and then years of shriveled results because you burned your garden by applying too many chemicals. Once again all of this may take a little patience, but unlike your chemical fertilizing neighbors you will be growing nutrient dense produce in the future and they will be unable to as they will have milked the soil of its life giving nutritional potential.
It is also very important to simply read and study carefully the label on the fertilizer or pesticide that you are using in your garden. Always prepare and apply the chemical according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To avoid unnecessarily damaging other people’s plants with your pesticides and herbicides do not use garden chemicals on windy days or near waterways or storm drains.
Keep in mind that the toxic chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides are inhaled and absorbed through the skin and that you should take the right type of personal safety precautions before using them. For best results don’t opt for using chemical fertilizers at all. For one thing, you rarely know what is really in them as only nine of the twenty-nine chemicals that can be found in chemical fertilizers are actually required by law to be listed on the ingredient label of the fertilizer bottle. When it comes to safety regarding garden or lawn fertilizers and chemicals, ignorance is definitely not bliss.
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