Fertilizer is an essential part of keeping various plants, shrubs, and trees alive. It’s meant to feed the plants, essentially. It consists of either naturally occurring matter, or manmade materials to aid in the growth. Think about what you’ve heard about fertilizer. Maybe you thought that all fertilizers were the same, or that all of the nutrients would run off into the gutters after it rains. Those are just a few of the misconceptions we’ve come across. Check out the reality of those misconceptions and more.
- Myth: All fertilizers are the same. There are many varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees. Each one has different needs to stay healthy as it grows. While some fertilizers can be used for a lot of different plants, there’s isn’t one-size-fits-all.
- Myth: Controlled-release and slow-release are the same. Controlled-release fertilizers are polymer-coated. They need water to start releasing the nutrients, but that coating has been designed to control how much is being out at a time. Slow-release fertilizer depends on the environment. The activity of soil microorganisms determines natural organic, methylene urea, and urea-formaldehyde. Sulfur-coated fertilizers depend on when the coating ruptures because of internal pressure from the water, or damage.
- Myth: Rain will wash away the nutrients of fresh fertilizer. Grass naturally dictates how water will flow. Water cannot flow freely off a lawn as it does on smooth surfaces like concrete. Even with heavy rain, the fertilizer will make its way into the ground, where it’s supposed to be.
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