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Choosing the right Fertiliser for your Garden

Posted on April 27 2017

in Landscape and Garden, Bulk Landscape Supplies, Rural Supplies

No matter what kind of garden you have, or which plants you grow, fertilisers play a very important role in keeping your plants as well as soil healthy and rich in nutrients.

A healthy soil is the key to having a vibrant looking garden. Fertilisers will provide your plants with the food plus nutrition they need to achieve full growth.

Choosing the right fertilizer
To begin with, you must have a thorough knowledge of the type of soil that exists in your area so as to enable you choose the appropriate kind of fertiliser. For instance, if the soil in your place has considerable amounts of nutrients, then you should only go in for a fertilizer that has lesser amounts of salts. Remember that excessive application of plant nutrients can equally have a detrimental effect on plant growth.

Chemical fertilisers do come in various forms – capsules, pellets, powder, and liquid. The liquid types are quickly absorbed, and as such require more frequent doses. Experts opine that they should be specifically used during the flowering period. Capsules and powder come in both slow-release and quick release form, with the former sometimes taking up to one year to be fully absorbed into the soil.

It is important to read the labels on your fertiliser containers. Basically, each label often contains three numbers that represent the percentage composition of each nutrient: Nitrogen, Phosphorus as well as Potassium. So, if a particular label says 10-10-10, then this simply implies that it contains 10% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus plus 10% potassium.

The rule of thumb applied here is – go in for a fertiliser that contains proportionate amounts of the three nutrients. However, if your plants show signs of not blooming enough or growing to their full potential, then you may consider purchasing a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

Changing with the weather
Do you know that the texture and the pH level of the soil vary with changing seasons? Additionally, the soil’s moisture content also increases with an increase in the levels of atmospheric moisture. This greatly impacts on the soil’s quality, and as such you should use a lighter fertiliser during rainy seasons and keep the heavier, nitrogen-rich fertilisers for the planting seasons, which mostly fall in summers and spring.

Ever thought of going organic?
It is no secret that chemical-rich fertilisers can at times damage your plants. However, there are great garden supplies in form of organic fertilisers that can help eliminate such problems. Organic fertilisers equally boost plant growth, and generally contain more quantities of manure, like animal wastes and skeletal remains. These natural ingredients also contain potash, which not only boosts plant growth but also enhances chlorophyll manufacture. It is also worth noting that organic fertilisers can provide much relief in places with much polluted ground water as they help stabilise the soil by adding more alkalis.

All said and done, it is by choosing the right kind of fertiliser as part of your garden supplies, that you ensure that you have a perfect garden and lawn, which can be passed on to successive generations. Above all, as you act, be sure to read and follow all the instructions to the letter as under or over fertilising your garden can give you very undesirable results.

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