The home gardener or professional farmer must make many decisions, including which type of vegetable and when to plant them, what fertilizer to use, and which varieties. Although we have seen the differences between organic and chemical fertilizers, it is important to understand when fertilizer should be applied to maximize yield.
It is best to fertilize well before sowing. However, if this is not possible, you can apply fertilizer once your seedlings are established. Also, ensure that the soil is moistened. You can now apply fertilizer to your lawn, garden, or another area. There are many options available depending on how large your garden is.
The most popular way to apply liquid fertilizer is by using a lawn sprayer. This can also be done with an old-fashioned watering container. Most liquid fertilizers can be concentrated. Make sure the fertilizer is mixed with water in the can. For larger gardens, watering can not be the best choice. You may consider upgrading to a backpack sprayer, which is lighter and can hold more than a steel can. Although the backpack option is great, it can be heavy and requires a lot more pumping. If this is your situation, you might consider a trolley spreader. These are typically on wheels which reduces strain on your back and are motorized so you don’t have to pump as much.
Some people are uncomfortable using liquid fertilizers. For those who prefer a more solid fertilizer for their lawn, a spreader will be a good choice. A mechanical spreader is the best choice because the fertilizer must be evenly applied. Although drop spreaders are fine for the job, they do require some precision from the operator to ensure even distribution. A hand spreader is a good choice for smaller lawns. It’s easier to manage and requires that the gardener simply turns a handle to apply fertilizer. Broadcast spreaders can be used for larger gardens. However, it can be difficult to control the distribution since the spinner scatters the fertilizer in every direction.
You can ask your local garden center for help if you’re not sure which fertilizer or application tool is best for your garden. You can make your garden look its best with a little professional guidance.