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Eco-Friendly Lawn Fertilizers

Eco-Friendly Lawn Fertilizers

Lawn and garden fertilizers provide nutrients that may not be
supplied by the soil. But excess nitrogen and phosphorus in
fertilizers can be a huge source of water pollution.

Here are some easy ways to add nutrients to your soil that are safe for the environment.

  • Grow Smart, Grow Safe is an environmental rating system for commercial lawn and garden products. It rates 350 lawn and garden products, including 24 commercially available lawn fertilizers. Learn how slow-release fertilizers can help protect water quality. Grow Smart, Grow Safe lists the
    percentage of slow-release nutrients in lawn and garden fertilizers. (See Shop for This Guide, below.)

  • Build good soil. Healthy soil, rich in organic matter, grows healthier plants and reduces the need for additional fertilizers. Add compost to your soil to improve soil quality and increase populations of beneficial organisms.
  • Make your own organic fertilizer. Using ingredients found at most garden stores, this book offers an easy-to-make organic fertilizer.

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

Excerpted from Grow Smart, Grow Safe, A Consumer Guide to Lawn and Garden Products, by Philip Dickey, Washington Toxics Coalition. Copyright (c) by Philip Dickey. Reprinted by permission of Washington Toxics Coalition.
Excerpted from Grow Smart, Grow Safe, A Consumer Guide to Lawn and Garden Products, by Philip Dickey, Washington Toxics Coalition

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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To buy a copy of Grow Smart, Grow Safe , offering 350 reviews of products, including pest controls, weed controls, fertilizers, and where to buy least-hazardous products (for just $5.95), click here.
Grow Smart, Grow Safe was written in collaboration with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, now


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4:19AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Your work article, blogs I mean over all contents is must read material.
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9:26PM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Thank You! We don't put the bad stuff on our yard we have squirrels and rabbits, etc.

2:59PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013


4:14AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Thank you.

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2:42AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thank you Annie

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4:43AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

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I think it is the right direction! Yes, McDonalds as a company is still not healthy for this planet …

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I learned most of these through trial and error . . . oh, so many errors!


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