The impact fertilizer has on the soil is rather impressive. See, in this case, the soil is almost equivalent to us as people. We as people are made up of mostly water, but we cannot solely survive on water itself. The same goes for our soil. Soil cannot survive on water alone, which is why fertilizer has the impact it does. Fertilizer gives the soil the right amount of nutrients, ensuring that it provides the soil everything it needs to be healthy. Fertilizers allow plants and your lawn or garden to thrive by supplying the nutrients to make them grow and become healthier. Besides growth, fertilizer also improves the overall conditions of your soil. Since fertilizer has a significant effect on your lawn, we decide to dedicate an entire blog about it. So much like fertilizer supplying nutrients to your soil, we are supplying facts about fertilizer to help you better understand its importance. Please ignore the fact that we compared ourselves to fertilizer… MOVING ON!
Here are some facts we thought you should know about fertilizer.
Types of Fertilizer
Choosing the right fertilizer could be very confusing since stores have so many brands and forms of fertilizer. If you understand the ingredients, it is half the battle when choosing between the plethora of fertilizer types.
What are the different types of fertilizer?
The three types of fertilizer we will be discussing are synthetic, organic, and granular. Synthetic fertilizers have high concentrations of chemical mixtures in their nutrients that provide almost an immediate resolution to your plants’ issues.
This type of fertilizer comes in various forms such as liquid concentrate, powder, dry granules, and some even come as a tablet to jab into your soil. Although synthetic fertilizer offers a speedy recovery to your plant issues, some companies make slow-acting synthetic fertilizer that releases nutrients over time. Like everything, synthetic fertilizer has its “side effects.” Some problems that arise with synthetic fertilizer are buildups of salt in your soil, chemicals getting into nearby water, and weed growth over time due to high amounts of nitrogen being released into the ground.
Organic fertilizer is a unique mixture of living organisms’ remains such as byproducts of animals, types of meat, ground shells, guano, and some fish mixture. This type of fertilizer has a lower concentration of minerals than synthetic, and therefore over time, provides a healthier environment for your soil without a specific concentration of plants. Organic fertilizer works slower to release nutrients over time as its bacteria breaks down to be absorbed by your plants. Unlike synthetic fertilizer, organic fertilizer is often sold in large bags at garden stores.
Granular fertilizer may be the most popular fertilizer for home and gardening. Granular fertilizer is what you use when you want to cover large areas of your property. This fertilizer is mostly used with a broadcast spreader. It is applied to lawns or new flowerbeds before planting. Granular fertilizer provides nutrients to more individual plants. This fertilizer is often bagged and mixed with water-soluble fertilizers to help the watering and growth process, especially in potted or contained plants and vegetables.
When should I fertilizer?
As a company that focuses on your property, we understand each season’s effect on different aspects of your lawn and plant life’s development. Let’s dive into the best times to apply fertilizer. For perennial plants, you want to fertilize in the early spring, where roses, for example, are supposed to be fertilized every seven days during their blooming season. Bulbs are supposed to be fertilized in late fall, where (lawns, trees, and shrubs are supposed to be fertilized twice a year in the spring and fall, lawns should be fertilized every 5-6 weeks during the growing season. Then finish up with a winterization to help give it proper nutrients to sustain the winter.). (This should not be new to you as we always mention the two seasons to fertilize your lawn). When growing vegetables, please take into account the types of “feeders” you are dealing with. Low feeders require a small amount of fertilizer, while heavy feeders need fertilization when the warmer temperatures and months come and then again later on in the same season. We are here to answer and address all questions and needs on fertilizers. You do not want to overdo it or use the wrong fertilizer, so if you are not positive about what you are doing, ask us a question to guide you in the proper direction. After all, we are here to help!
Nope. Don’t do it!
Like we mentioned when to fertilize, we want to discuss when to avoid applying fertilizer. Try not to fertilize before a spring shower. We know spring is an optimal time to fertilize, but if you do so before a heavy spring shower, the soil’s nutrients from the fertilizer tend to seep out. If we are honest, you should avoid fertilizing on all windy and rainy days because, as we mentioned, nutrients seep out. It will cause misplacement of your fertilizer and ultimately make your efforts ineffective.
When using granular fertilizer for your plants, garden, or lawn, make sure you brush any leftover fertilizer off the leaves, as it will burn them. What also may cause the burning of your plants is the watering of tiny seedlings or fertilizing seeds. You should only water or feed plants that have become well established on your property. Some misconceptions of fertilizers have also been deemed incorrect over the years. For instance, fertilizers do not reduce the soil organic matter, and we do not lose as much nitrogen the fertilizer gives to crops as we once thought.
Although fertilizing is not a very interesting topic, it is an important one. We wanted to let you know some crucial facts about fertilizers, and we hope we answered some of your questions.
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