Very likely you haven’t thought about feeding your trees since it’s the middle of winter. But now’s the time to start thinking about it.
February is a good time to fertilize your trees, said Pam Eagelston of Gold Leaf Nursery.
“Feeding the soil is as important as fertilizing the tree,” she said. “It feeds the beneficial microorganisms in the soil, improves the texture of the soil and helps dissolve the nutrients to a form that the roots can absorb.”
If you don’t want to use chemicals this year, there’s an effective organic option.
Utah-based EcoScraps manufactures chemical-free organic lawn and garden products made from fruit and vegetable waste.
While a student at Brigham Young University, Dan Blake, EcoScraps’ CEO and co-founder, observed how much food people were throwing away.
Over 30 million tons of food gets wasted each year here in the U.S.
“That’s enough to fill the Rose Bowl stadium once every 3 days with nothing but food waste, said Blake.
Realizing that “garbage is the only thing you actually pay someone to take it away from you,” Blake began investigating food waste with an idea of restructuring the waste stream.
“The majority of (what we throw away) goes to landfills,” said Blake, “and (rotting food that produces) methane is causing more environmental issues.”
Blake grew up doing gardening and landscaping projects. So it was natural that with food waste on his mind, he turned to the idea of creating quality compost.
“Organic composts are basically manure-based,” Blake says. They lack nutrients. Blake wanted to see if, by using food wastes that hadn’t been digested by animals, you could get more nutrient values like you do with using Miracle Gro or other chemical-based soil.
To prove his theory, he began dumpster diving, “borrowing” food wastes from restaurants and began his composting efforts in his apartment’s parking lot. After much experimenting and tweaking of the formula, he and his partners came up with compost that’s all fruit and vegetable waste.
EcoScraps products have no chemicals, no manure and no animal by-products. And they’re certified by OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute, which means these products can be used on operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program.
“This all natural compost has a higher nutrient base than any Miracle Grow soil,” says Blake, which is a chemical-based fertilizer. “You can do a side-by-side comparison with any other chemical product,” he said, “and (ours) will do just as well for performance.”
EcoScraps products include their Compost Mix, Potting Soil Mix, their All-purpose Plant and soil booster and their Lawn and Garden Growth Formula.
Their compost helps break up tightly-packed soil, promoting better aeration, drainage and water retention.
Their Potting Soil Mix is made with 78 different minerals and the sixteen different macro and micro nutrients necessary for plants to thrive. It can be used effectively with both indoor plants and outdoor veggie gardens.
Blake’s view of organic gardening products? “The standards are pretty low,” he said.
As a self-styled organic gardener myself, I’ve found that the majority of “organic” fertilizers and potting soils contain ingredients that, on closer inspection, aren’t organic at all. EcoScraps’ ingredients bring the “natural” back into all natural. And, unlike many organic products, you won’t pay premium prices for these quality products.
EcoScraps products are carried at many Hope Depot and Costco stores nationwide. To take advantage of a special discount being offered to my readers, go to EcoScraps.com and enter the promo code “RED20” to receive 20% off your online order.