Whether you’re an avid gardener or someone who is just starting to cultivate their green thumb, fertilizer is an important topic. Most would agree that fertilizer plays a significant role in growing a healthy, long-lasting Arizona desert landscape and garden, but it can be quite difficult figuring out which kind of fertilizer is the best to use. This guide will help put you on the right path to gaining useful knowledge about Arizona fertilizer and learning how to effectively apply it to achieve the best gardening and landscaping results.
Reasons to Use Fertilizer
Fertilizer provides plants with key nutrients that are necessary to grow. Though these nutrients, namely nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, can usually be found in the soil or air, plants won’t always have access to them or be able to absorb as much as they need. Nutrients often get lost when soil structure is disturbed. Fertilizers work to replenish those missing nutrients. On a package of fertilizer you will find a listing of three numbers that indicates how many pounds there are of each kind of nutrient. This is important to note because you will need to know which formula is appropriate to apply to your Arizona desert landscape so as not to overfeed your plants.
The Various Fertilizer Needs of Soil and Plants
Different fertilizers are intended for different plant or lawn types. Depending on what you are planting, you will need to match the fertilizer’s formula with the specific types of plant groups you are trying to grow. This is why it’s a good idea to test your soil so you can know exactly what you’re working with already and choose the kind of Arizona fertilizer that meets the specific needs of your soil and plants.
Ways to Apply Fertilizer
There are a few ways you can apply fertilizer to your lawn or soil. A broadcast application covers larger areas, like lawns or big garden beds, before they have been planted. Top-dress applications use granular fertilizers administered by hand around the base of a plant or parallel to the planting row for vegetables. A foliar application involves water-soluble fertilizers that are sprayed onto a plant’s leaves for quick absorption. Base applications also use water-soluble fertilizers but are put into the soil at the base of a plant. Our spring lawn fertilizer recommendations may be applied in a different method than for another season; you’ll want to get the most out of your Arizona fertilizer, and we can help with that!
New Image is Here to Help
The landscaping professionals at New Image Landscape and Pools are available to answer any additional questions you may have about fertilizing your lawn and garden. We will do our best to point you in the direction of the most suitable fertilizer for your property, including providing you with our spring lawn fertilizer recommendations and application instructions. Give us a call today and get the Arizona desert landscape you’ve always wanted!