Why You Need To Fertilize Flowers and Vegetables and What Type Should You Use
Every year people use fertilizer flower beds, flower pots and vegetable gardens. Why?
Most people with smaller home gardens don't let their yards fertilize themselves naturally. We rake all leaves, pull all weeds and toss them away and rarely turn under growth from a previous year. This keeps natures process of allowing the old to break down giving important nutrients to the soil from bebfitting the soil. It also robs the soil of organic matter that also helps hold and spread water evenly.
Scotts makes a garden soil mix that's much re same adding organic matter and slow release nutrients that will offer healthy growing conditions for three months.
Peat moss is another organic matter that is excellent for most gardens in giving texture to the soil allowing it to both hold water and allow air to get into the soil for optimum growth.
There are also time release pellets and such that can be broadcast on gardens. Spreaders are a good tool for proper measurement. If only using it for a small area you can pick up an inexpensice hand held spreader that makes for a quick easy job that spreads the nutrients evenly.
Understanding what kind of nutrients particular flowers and plants need can be found in good gardening books but also be sure to read the packaging and also ask the sales people what kind of mix is best for your kind of plant.
An example are acid loving plants like azalias and rhododendroms that need formulas like a 30-10-10. Other plants may not call for the same amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphate and Pottasium. Many manufacturers like Scotts has premixed fertilizer perfectly blended for the plant or flower you like.
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