Using Fertilizer Effectively

Fertilizer is, in the most simple terms, an organic or inorganic material that is used to make things grow. In your yard you may use fertilizer on your grass, in your vegetable garden, or on your landscaping plants and flowers. There are many different types of fertilizer available so it is important to consider what you are using it for so that you can determine what kind you need. The most common types of fertilizers are granular or dry, organic, liquid, and synthetic.

Understanding the Types Available

Granular fertilizer tends to be the most commonly used among homeowners because it is so easy to apply and it has long lasting results. It is usually applied by pouring the dry sand like fertilizer into a spreader and then just walking behind the spreader as it evenly spreads it across the area. Granular is available in time release and fast release options. They are both applied the same but fast release will work much quicker but need to be reapplied again in the same season. Time release of course only needs to be applied once per season.

Liquid fertilizer comes in a small container that can be attached to your garden hose. It comes in a concentrated form so it must be mixed with the water of your hose as it is sprayed. It is a popular method of applying fertilizer as it is so simple. The benefit of this type is that it immediately sinks down and is available to the roots of the plant. However it is slightly more costly than granular and will need to be reapplied as it is not long lasting.

Synthetic fertilizers are chemically manufactured so many believe that the effects on the plans are not natural. However, they do provide an immediate effect on the plants as they act fast to sink into the soil. And, they are also very easy to use. Also, it does not to be reapplied often and you have to be careful as you could actually hurt your grass or vegetation if you do not apply it properly.

Some people prefer to use organic fertilizers are they are completely natural in form. They are made from organisms that were once living or by their by-products. Like tiling your shower, they can be a bit more labor intensive to apply but they have fairly positive results. Because they are not manufactured they are a little less predictable than the other types because they usually only have one of the three major necessary nutrients and they are difficult to evenly spread around. Some organic fertilizers like manure smell really bad which can be a pretty big draw back.

Tips for Applying

It is important to know when to apply the fertilizer to get the best results. You never want to apply it before it rains as the rain will just wash it all away. And, with a garden it is best to apply it before you till and flower the garden. If you are applying organic fertilizer to a soil area you will want to be sure to mix it will with the soil in order to reduce the spread of disease.

And, make sure that you always spread the fertilizer evenly. You do not want to apply too much or too little fertilizer. Fertilizer gives your landscape much needed nitrogen, but too much can cause the leaves of your plants to develop unsightly spots. Yet, if are not using fertilizer effectively you will not see the results that you desire in the landscaping of your home.

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