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Right Fertiliser For Garden

Where convenient, we recommend you get your soil tested so see what nutrients are present and in what percentage. Based on the test results, you can custom feed the soil the nutrients that require to be replenished. Yes it sounds terribly complicated but if you continue to read, you will know it is actually quite simple.

If you visit any garden supplies store, watch out for the fertiliser bags and note the labels. You might see some weird numbers on them. These numbers reflect the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate and potash in that bag i.e. the nutrient ratios. So, a 7-12-7 fertiliser bag contains 7% nitrogen, 12% phosphate, and 7% potash. Another bag might have 5-10-0. Which means it has no potash. There, now based on the soil test report, you can choose the right fertiliser bag for your Gardening Services Cranebrook.

Organic fertilisers: The difference between organic (natural) and chemical fertiliser is the speed of replenishment. Chemical fertiliser nourishes the soil almost instantly and results are visible virtually overnight. Organic fertiliser has to first decompose into the soil before the soil can absorb the nutrients released during the decomposition process. Once the nutrients are released and absorbed by the soil then only it becomes available to the plants.

So does this mean chemical fertiliser are better? Chemical fertilisers are used by farmers because they do not have the time to wait for organic fertiliser to decompose. Also, you have to be very careful when using chemical fertiliser – if you put even a vee bit more than required, it will burn the roots of the plants. It is like giving a patient excess dosage of a powerful drug. It is therefore best if chemical fertilisers are applied only by professionals. When it comes to organic fertiliser there is no such thing as too much or too little so it is totally safe for garden use.

  • Organic fertilisers contribute organic matter to your soil thereby feeding soil microbes, improving soil structure, fighting fungal and bacterial diseases, and contributing to micro-nutrients in the soil.
  • Most organic fertiliser is slow release of nutrients so plants get a steady supply of fresh energy.
  • These days Gardening Services Forster supply chains also stock organic fertilisers that have been pre-formulated in a manner similar to chemical fertiliser but without the chemical effect. Thus, you have organic fertilisers with 5% nitrogen, 5% phosphate and 5% potash and so forth.