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Fertilizers: The Best and the Worst

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015

You may need help getting your plants to bloom or produce fruit but you may also be concerned about using fertilizer to do so. After all, chemical fertilizers can have a negative impact on the environment not only for your own yard but for other people’s property as well.

At Juniper Landscape Company, we know that it is important to protect the environment as well as to fertilize plants so that they grow and produce well. We are able to strike that balance with our years of knowledge and expertise, and we can help you choose the right fertilizers to keep your yard safe and productive.

  • Understand the balance your plants need. Plants need a certain amount of various nutrients to survive and grow. Understanding what plants need and what you already have in your yard is the first step to choose safe fertilizers. Plants need large amounts of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Plants also need smaller amounts of iron, copper, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, boron, nickel and chlorine.
  • Take soil samples. Sample your soil from your lawn, beds and any other areas that have different types of plants. Send these samples to your county extension office for analysis or purchase a testing kit and do it yourself. You may be surprised to find how different the chemical makeup of your soil is in different parts of your yard.
  • Consider organic fertilizers. Whenever possible, you want to use organic fertilizers that do not contain harsh chemicals. After all, plants in the wild rely on organic fertilizer and they do just fine! Manure is the most popular organic fertilizer and can be obtained from any garden supply store. However, you must use the right type and amount of manure in order to avoid burning your plants.
  • Study the plants you want to fertilize. Grass requires a different fertilization standard than other plants, so be sure that you understand the needs of your various plants. You may have to fertilize your lawn at different times than your bedding plants and use a different type of fertilizer. It may help to make a detailed fertilization schedule to help keep you on track.

Contact JCMS in order to find the best fertilizers and schedule for your plants. We can help you create and maintain a beautiful healthy yard using the best and safest fertilizers available!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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