Fertilizer can be very confusing if you’re new to planting. Depending on the type of plants and shrubs you choose, and the soil you have in your garden, you’ll have to adjust the fertilization process. Whether you’re working on the property yourself, or just want to understand more about the products your landscaper is using, this blog can help answer some of those questions. Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about fertilizer:

What do the numbers mean on the bag?
Those numbers actually can tell you a lot about the type of fertilizer you have. It’s the percentages of the nitrogen, phosphate, and potash that’s in the fertilizer. Plants need all three of these nutrients to grow. You’ll always see the number in this specific order as well. For example, 10-6-4 for 10% nitrogen, 6% phosphate, and 4% potash.

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There’s a lot of fertilizers to choose from. How do I pick the right one?
The numbers that you see on the bag are one of the best indications. Oftentimes the product itself will indicate, with pictures, what it is best suited for. There are specific fertilizers for specific plants, but then there’s an all-purpose fertilizer for more common flowers.

What type of fertilizer should be used?
When picking fertilizer, you can choose between a granular and a liquid form. It comes down to the speed you want the fertilizer to absorb into the ground and for how long. Granular fertilizers can either be slow or fast-release. If it’s slow-release this means it will release over several months. Fast-release fertilizers are great for when you need to get the nutrients into the soil and plants quickly. Liquid fertilizers are applied with water and are fast-acting.

How much should be used and how often?
It comes down to the type of plants you’re growing, the type of soil you have, and other factors of the area. You’ll have to research the plants whether they’re flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, etc. to see what’s best for each.

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Can you over-fertilize?
Yes. Applying too much fertilizer can damage your plant from burning the plant leaves, stunting plant growth, and more. It’s better to use less and need to add more. Make sure you’re following the directions on the package the proper amount to use, how much to dilute it, how often to use, and more.

Are fertilizers harmful to kids or pets?
While there are some organic fertilizers, all fertilizers should be treated as a household chemical and kept out of reach.