We got started in our last blog post with understanding more about organic fertilizers and what they have to offer. For this second part in this blog series, we are going to focus more on chemical fertilizers and the pros and cons they have offer. Feel free to review the previous post to help you compare the differences between the two types of fertilizers and make the right choice for you and your needs.
What then does it mean for a fertilizer to be a chemical based fertilizer instead of an organic one? Chemical fertilizers come from a process that takes the nutrients out of materials and refines them. This does a lot for space saving because the nutrients are condensed into a liquid or granule form and aren’t hard to apply to your lawn or garden area. If you were to gage your plants reactions to chemical vs. organic fertilizers, they probably couldn’t really can’t tell the difference between a chemical and organic fertilizer because all they know is if the nutrients they need are in the soil or they are not.
This extraction and refinement process that happens when creating a chemical fertilizer allows scientists to put exact quantities and ratios of the nutrients into a formula, making it easy to know how much you should be using. Since these nutrients have been refined and are quite strong in their processed state, it is very important that you follow the directions for their use exactly as directed. If you use more than directed, your plants may suffer and can even die from having too large of quantities in the soil. You may be familiar with nitrogen burn and other problems with nutrient levels in plants.
A benefit of using chemical fertilizer is that when you are in a pinch and your plants really need a good dosing of nutrients to help them get started or to help them feel more rejuvenated, chemical fertilizers work a lot faster than organic ones. Plus, it can be a lot less of a process to purchase a bottle of chemical fertilizer and just spray it over the soil and your plants than having to work organic material into the soil.
If you have more questions on the topic, it can be a great idea to talk to your local garden and supply shop for their recommendations regarding your needs.
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