Each plot of land has characteristics that make it more or less able to host plants. Fortunately, fertilizing products can improve soil conditions so that it can host a beautiful garden. But these products are also used to maintain the plants so that they feed well and grow properly. Indeed, each type of soil requires fertilizer adapted to the existing plants so that they can grow properly.

Fertilizing products are essential to provide the plants with the best conditions for them to thrive. Nonetheless, it is important to know that there are two subsets of fertilizing products. These include fertilizers and amendments. Fertilizer specifically benefit plants while amendments are used to fertilize the ground. Both contribute in providing plants with the nutrients they need to thrive. But to avoid excess, it is essential to know how to use each product.

Fertilizers as fertilizing products

Fertilizer particularly contributes to the plants’ diet. It is mainly made up of the nutrients that plants require for their growth and health. The mineralization of these nutrients will allow for the plant’s proper development provided that the ground adequately absorbs micro-organisms. It is the main reason why fertilizer is supplied in small amounts and at regular frequency.

Several varieties of fertilizer are commercially available and meet different needs, depending on the nature of the soil. There are, for example, single-nutrient fertilizers, which are types of fertilizer that only include one main nutrient: either nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium. Single-nutrient fertilizers are used primarily for soils that lack one of these elements. But there also exist compound fertilizers, a type of fertilizer that includes several elements at once. One can cite, among others, organic fertilizers, mineral fertilizers and organic-mineral fertilizers. The latter are distinguished by the origin of the raw materials that comprise them.

The amendments: to improve soil quality

Amendments mainly allow to improve the soil quality. They are not as rich as fertilizer, but their action modifies the ground’s physical and chemical properties. For this reason they must be added in large quantities in the soil. There are two main types of amendments: organic and mineral products. This latter type of amendment results from rock treatment, while organic amendments, better known as compost, are of animal or vegetable origin.

The application of amendments is ideally carried out in early spring for sandy soils and in late autumn for other types of soil. To this end, they must be incorporated into the ground at a depth of 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm). Moreover, for the roots grow well, it is recommended to apply the amendments on the entire garden and not just at the base of the plants. Note that this fertilizing product can also be used as mulch, which will provide your plants with both nutrition and moisture.

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Published in Products by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011