Many gardeners fertilize their yard based on the calendar rather than what is actually needed by the plant. Do you know if the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (main nutrients in fertilizer) levels are actually low? You can save yourself time and money by testing your soil with simple test kits. When you know what is deficient, then add just what’s needed.
Before adding any fertilizer:
- Know what you need by testing your soil
- Select a product that has the nutrients you need, organic materials are better for overall soil and plant health
- Add it at the right time, when the plants need it
- Apply as directed; too much can damage soil organisms and plants
- Prevent irrigation runoff after fertilizing; they can impact groundwater and local watersheds
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