Fertilization is a key component in the treatment and care of any lawn, garden, or farm. As we’ve detailed in the past on our blog, what goes into a farm often determines what you get out of it. Because soil alone does not provide the proper nutrients, plants will not reach their full growth potential without effective fertilization. When considering the best fertilizer and tools to meet your needs, here are a few crucial things to consider.
Types of Fertilizer
There are a variety of fertilizer types to choose from when deciding how to best treat your lawn or garden. Organic fertilizer encompasses a myriad of live and dead particles, and it is available in forms such as cow manure, organic compost, bone meal, or even bat guano.
Because the product is made from naturally occurring mineral deposits, this type of fertilizer is a good choice for those consumers wishing to use only natural products in their yards or farms. Although organic fertilizer is bulky and more difficult to transport, the organic features of the compost and manure provide a natural method to serve a number of growing needs.
Inorganic fertilizer is made up of different ingredients and formulations depending on the need and desired purpose. These chemical fertilizers are advantageous because they are less bulky and easier to store, spread, and transport. Inorganic fertilizer generally comes in the form of granular forms, powder forms stored in boxes or bags, or liquid stored in a bottle.
Chemical fertilizers are further classified according to the three main elements present. The three primary elements to look for in fertilizers are nitrogen, (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).
Methods of Spreading Fertilizer
There are a number of different strategies for fertilizing your property. Depending on the type of fertilizer you choose to use, a manure spreader may prove invaluable when treating the lawn or garden. This portable device works to spread the granule and powder particles evenly across the desired area.
Not only will this save you from getting dirty, but it will also ensure an even distribution so that all areas receive the same attention. Especially when treating a large area, a manure spreader can help make fast work of the task at hand. Liquid forms of fertilizer need to be spread using a specially designed spray bottle.
Well-fed plants and lawns are healthier and more productive in what they bear. Choosing the right fertilizer will ensure that your garden or lawn will be more productive, stronger, and more likely to be able to fight off disease and insect infestations.