Fertiliser Guide

 

TYPE

FREQUENCY

METHOD

PROS

CONS

1. Organic based composts & soil improvers

4-6 times a year

1. Spread a layer of soil improver and compost over the soil.

2. Work the organic matter into the soil using a garden fork.

3. Water

4. Mulch

Organic solution

 

Can be expensive

 

Improves soil

Back-breaking

 

Must be repeated frequently

 

Can be smelly

 

Take more time than other methods

 

2.Instant hit granular or powder

12 times a year

1. Using a glove, take a handful of granulated fertiliser and sprinkle it over the soil surface.

2. Water

3. Reapply as necessary

Easy to apply

 

Includes a wide range of nutrients

 

Quick injection of nutrients

Can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals

 

Dumps nutrients quickly

 

Needs frequent applications

 

Dusty – wear gloves and mask

 

Wasted nutrients

3.Slow release fertiliser

4-6 times a year

1. Using a glove, take a small amount of slow release fertiliser and sprinkle it around the garden.

2. Water

3. Reapply as necessary

Consistent particle size for even release of nutrients

 

Easy to apply

 

Wide range of formulations

Continuously release nutrients into the soil until they dissolve completely

 

Wasted nutrients

4.Controlled release fertiliser

2 times a year

1. Lightly sprinkle the controlled release fertiliser where needed.

2. Water

3. Reapply in 6 months

Balanced release of nutrients – just when plants need it

 

No wasted nutrients

 

Easy to apply

 

Targeted feeding

May seem way more expensive at first, but is actually much cheaper in the long run

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