Fertilization is an important aspect of keeping your lawn, gardens, and overall landscape healthy and looking as good as possible. Often, we overlook just how important regular fertilizer application can be. Take a look at some interesting tips and facts about fertilization in our Arizona climate.
Fertilization is Necessary for Healthy Plant Growth
Healthy plant growth relies on different elements and nutrients. These nutrients and elements include phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen — all of which are usually present in fertilizers.
It is important to note that each different fertilizer has a specific formula. You have probably seen these formulas, such as 20-20-20, 10-30-20, and so on. These figures actually indicate the amount or percentage of phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium by weight— those essential nutrients. For example, you may see a label that says 10-10-10 on a 100 lb. bag of fertilizer. This means that the bag contains 10 pounds of nitrogen, 10 pounds of potash, and 10 pounds of phosphates. The remaining pounds are filler materials that allow the easy spreading of the plants or lawn. It also lessens the possibility of plant or lawn damage by the use of too much fertilizer.
Different Fertilizers for Different Types of Plants
Fertilizers are often made for certain plant types such as azaleas or roses. Other fertilizers are designed to acidify the soil. Arizona garden soil often contains calcium carbonate, making it rather difficult to acidify, and raising the difficulty of growing acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas. If you desire to include such plants in your landscape, consider using a potting soil mixture in a container rather than our regular soil.
Best Fertilization Application
There are different methods of application for different types of fertilizers. A dry granular fertilizer that is easily spread using a spreader is a good choice for lawns. Contained plants or areas needing a top dressing benefit from slow release fertilizers, while powdered fertilizers dissolved in water are great for spraying.
You should always check the formula to make sure that it is actually what your plants need. Also, read the label instructions carefully and follow them. This will let you take advantage of the fertilizer’s properties to its fullest.
If you want more information about fertilizers and the best ones for your lawn or landscaping, just give us a call at Phoenix Landscaping. We have experts on staff that can discuss your individual needs and help you find the best fertilizers to keep your yard healthy and happy.