Plants may need extra nutrients in order to grow and remain healthy. Soil is often deficient in one or more important nutrients, so adding fertilizer may be necessary. However, there is such a wide range of fertilizers on the market, how do you choose the right one?
At Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego, we help you keep your landscaping healthy with the right fertilizers and treatments for a vigorously growing yard.
The pH Question
It is important to remember that pH level, which refers to acidity or alkalinity, affects the ability of soil to release fertilizer nutrients. That means that the first step in choosing the right fertilizer is determining your soil’s pH levels. There are many at-home test kits that can provide you with this information, or you can ask your landscape professional to test your soil’s pH level.
Types of Fertilizer
Once you have determined the pH levels, it is important to consider:
There are many different fertilizers on the market, but most can be grouped into three main categories, including:
As you can see, the plants you choose to grow and how you choose to grow them will be a major factor in determining the right type of fertilizer for you.
Just as the type of plants you have determine the type of fertilizer you use, they also dictate how much fertilizer to apply. It is important when applying fertilizer to follow the directions for the plant you are fertilizing. If you apply too little, the plant will not have enough nutrients. If you apply too much, you can harm the plant.
Within the three main categories of fertilizers, there are many specially-created fertilizers that are designed for specific plants:
When you are trying to choose the right fertilizer, trust the experts at Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego. Our team’s extensive experience in landscaping can help you choose the right plants as well as teach you how to properly care for them.