In an ode to the hysterical TV comedy, Big Bang Theory, this blog’s title is reminiscent of Sheldon Cooper’s “Fun with Flags.” The show’s popular character would host random podcasts and provide history or information about flags from different countries. Similar to that, this blog will give you all the information you need to know about fertilizer.
This blog will discuss what fertilizer does, the different types of fertilizer, and the dos and don’ts of fertilizing. The level of excitement might not be there, but this is vitally important information if you have a lawn or landscape. This blog will be intriguing, informative and we will try to make you take laugh breaks in-between. So get ready for today’s episode of “Fun with Fertilizer!”
What does fertilizer do?
In this part of the episode, we will be discussing the functions and importance of fertilizer. I wish we could have a fertilizer animated character as a guide for this, you know, similar to the DNA strand in Jurassic Park or the old clip from the original Microsoft Office. (Talk about a throwback – remember that!) Anyway, fertilizer has a special bond with our soil. Why? Soil survives and thrives on two things: water and fertilizer. Fertilizer allows the soil to get all the appropriate amounts of nutrients it needs to remain healthy. Fertilizer has a similar effect on your lawn and garden plants. It supplies nutrients to them as well, ensuring that they grow and get healthier over time. As well as aiding in growth, fertilizer also vastly improves the condition, look, and health of your soil.
So let us grow further, just like plants when adequately fertilized. (Cue, a growing plant sequence, change clothes and next segment in 3…2…1)
Different Types of Fertilizer
In this part of the episode, we will be diving into the different types of fertilizer. There are many varieties to choose from, and it can be hard to decide! The kinds we will discuss in this episode are:
- Synthetic Fertilizer
- Granular Fertilizer
- Organic Fertilizer
When you go shopping at the store or online, there are so many options, brands, and fertilizer forms. It is tough to know which fertilizer is right for your lawn or landscape, so choosing one can be challenging. Hopefully, we can fix that here.
We first will discuss synthetic fertilizer. Synthetic fertilizer has a large concentration of chemical mixtures incorporated within its nutrients. This combination allows for a “quick fix” to the issue that your plants are facing. It’s almost an immediate resolve, providing rapid results. This fertilizer type comes in various forms such as tablets, powder, liquid concentrate, and dry granules. The tablets are pretty impressive as you jab them into your soil, similar to injecting a shot (That would be a cool animated clip to add to the episode).
Even though synthetic fertilizers offer a “quick fix,” just like medication, it comes in a slower acting version too, fixing your issue over time. It comes with the usual side effects. Some problems that come up when using synthetic fertilizer are salt accumulations in your soil, and the chemicals used getting into a nearby water source. It can also lead to weeds’ growth over time, which can be a massive problem for your lawn or landscape, based on large amounts of nitrogen injected into your soil.
Next up on our list is granular fertilizer, likely the most commonly used fertilizer for your home or garden. It is often applied when you want to cover or build a large area of your property. It is used with a hand rotary or a drop seeder and gets implemented into your lawn when building flowerbeds. This process happens before you decide to plant. The difference with this fertilizer is that it delegates its nutrients to individual plants. This fertilizer is commonly found in bagged form and used to help water and grow plants or vegetables grown in pots.
The last fertilizer we will be discussing is organic fertilizer, an interesting mixture that includes animal products, different types of meat, some kinds of fish, ground shells, and guano. With a lesser concentration of minerals than synthetic fertilizer, organic fertilizer provides a healthier atmosphere for your soil over long periods. Still, it does not concentrate on specific plants. It purposely works slowly to release the nutrients in the fertilizer over time, allowing the bacteria in it to break down and then absorb into the plants in your garden or landscape. You can find this fertilizer at gardening stores, and it is usually sold in large bags. (Pop out of the fertilizer bag and into the next part of the episode in 3…2…1…)
Dos and Don’ts of Fertilizer
Is it that time already, the wrap-up part of the episode? (Aww, so sad) This portion is about the dos and don’ts of fertilizer. Now that you know the types of fertilizers out there and what they do, we want to make sure you know what to do with fertilizer.
Let us start with the dos of fertilizer. Now that we know the types of fertilizer, when should we use it? You have two seasons a year that are best for fertilizing your lawn or landscape. They are the spring and fall seasons. Sometimes, shrubs and trees need to be fertilized during both seasons.
You want to make sure you do not over-fertilize your lawn or landscape or choose the wrong fertilizer, which is why we are here to help you! If you do not know what option is best for your property when it comes to type or quantity, give us a call today!
We decided to add a “MOST DEFINITELY NOT” list for our last part of the episode. (Sheldon would display these points in red, bold letters). Here are some things you most definitely do not want to do when it comes to fertilizer:
- Fertilize before a spring rain
- Fertilize on windy and rainy days
- Water fertilizer seeds
Those are the biggies, and you also want to make sure you brush off your plants after applying granular fertilizer because it can burn them.
We are aware that fertilizer is not an exciting topic, but we appreciate your viewership of our episode here today on “Fun with Fertilizer.” Make sure you call us for all your lawn and landscaping needs and keep checking our blogs weekly for new and exciting topics!
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