What I Fertilizer And Why Do You Need It?

Essentially, fertiliser is anything added to your garden that provides it with nutrients, whether it’s organic or not.

Why Fertilise?

Unless your plants are located in a natural environment, where waste matter is returned to the soil, then you will need fertiliser to replace lost nutrients.  The reasons for fertilising include:

  • Treating unhealthy plants
  • Replenishing nutrients used up by existing plants
  • Compensating for plants that need more nutrients than their soil provides
  • Boosting the overall look & health of your existing garden

Picking Fertiliser Nutrients

When it comes to fertilising your garden, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many different varieties available.  Stop stressing! At the end of the day, all you need to remember are 3 simple letters – N-P-K. These are the 3 nutrients that are essential for plant growth.

Nitrogen (N)

Nitrogen is responsible for keeping plants green and helps to form new leaves, branches and stems.

Potassium (K)

Like nitrogen, potassium-rich fertilisers also promote stronger stems, as well as better movement of water (drought resistance), flowering and fruiting.

Phosphorus (P)

Phosphorus is crucial to the development of flowers, seeds, roots and fruits.

Other Nutrients

Nutrients like oxygen, carbon, sulphur, magnesium, calcium and hydrogen are also essential for a plants survival, but are needed in fewer quantities as their naturally found in soil and air.

Getting the right type of fertiliser for your garden can be difficult. You can either take an educated guess or call in some help. Focal Point Landscape maintenance can perform soil tests and determine what type of fertiliser is best to achieve optimal results with your garden. Contact our friendly team to organise a quote today!

Types Of Fertiliser

Liquid Fertiliser

Liquid fertiliser is fast-acting and quick to absorb through your plant’s leaves and root system. Liquid fertilisers usually come concentrated and will need to be mixed yourself, or in hose bottles that mix as you apply. Plants will need to be treated with liquid fertiliser every few weeks.

Granular Fertiliser

Granular fertiliser is placed on your garden’s surface, before getting watered in. Available in quick and slow-release form, liquid fertilisers are the preferred option for most gardeners as the quantity used is visible and easier to measure. Always remember to water your garden after applying granular fertiliser, or risk burning your garden.

When Fertilising Always Remember

  • Water before & after fertilising
  • More fertiliser doesn’t equal better results – only add the recommended dosage
  • Follow the instructions on the fertiliser packaging before applying
  • Fertilising a little often is better than one heavy application to compensate
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