Plant, Tree & ShrubFertilizers

Plant, Tree & Shrub Fertilizers:

Fertilizing is not as complicated as people make it out to be.

All fertilizer comes with three numbers on the package. These numbers are always in the same order and refer to the ratio of the three major nutrients that plants need to flourish. These nutrients, in order, are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. The first number is nitrogen, which stimulates leaf growth. Plants need nitrogen to produce the chlorophyll, enzymes and proteins required for plant cells to strengthen and reproduce.

Lawn fertilizer often has a high percentage of nitrogen. Since the part of lawn that we actually see is actually made up of leaves this is very important to a healthy lawn. Phosphorus is the second number in the sequence. It stimulates root growth in plants. This is very useful when transplanting seedlings outdoors. Plants need to establish roots in order to ensure their survival. This is especially necessary for perennial plants and shrubs that need to survive the winter. The last number is potassium, which builds cell strength, and ensures plant vigour, disease resistance and improves winter hardiness. It is essential for the production of plant tissues and the quality and colour of flowers and fruits.

Fertilizers indicate their uses quite accurately on their labels, and there are general and specialty formulas for every use. If you have a plant problem and feel it might be related to fertilization, remember what the numbers mean and experiment, or ask your greengate expert who will be happy to help.

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Fertilizer Nutrients:

Major Elements of Fertilizer:

The first number is nitrogen, which stimulates leaf growth. Plants need nitrogen to produce the chlorophyll, enzymes and proteins required for plant cells to strengthen and reproduce. Lawn fertilizer contains a high percentage of nitrogen. Since the part of lawn that we see is actually made up of leaves this is very important to a healthy lawn.

Phosphorus is the second number in the sequence. It stimulates root growth in plants. This is very useful when transplanting seedlings outdoors. Plants need to establish roots in order to ensure their survival. This is especially necessary for perennial plants and shrubs that need to survive the winter.

The last number is potassium, which builds cell strength, and ensures plant vigour, disease resistance and improves winter hardiness. It is essential for the production of plant tissues and the quality and colour of flowers and fruits.

Myke Fertilizer:

MYKE increases the plant's uptake of water and nutrients, and enhances it's resistance to stress and disease.

MYKE is a growth supplement that provides the beneficial association of mycorrhizal fungi and other natural organisms. It increases the plant's uptake of water and nutrients, and enhances it's resistance to stress and disease. Plants that have MYKE applied need less watering, show enhanced growth and flowering, establish and cover faster, resist disease better, and have a better chance of survival.

Always apply the product in contact with the roots or below seeds or the bulb of the plant. When using a chemical fertilizer, avoid high phosphorus content. Organic or slow release fertilizer is better.

MYKE can be applied to new plants, which is ideal, or to established plants as long as it is able to reach the root system. You can't harm a plant with too much MYKE. You only need to apply MYKE once, and it will help your plant survive throughout the winter.

Organic Fertilizer:



Organic fertilizers:

Simply put, organic fertilizers are fertilizers derived from animal or vegetable waste, or minerals occurring in nature.


Amending beds:

Flower beds can be amended by adding a variety of organic supplements. Sea Soil can be dug in to add many essential nutrients to beds, while Green Earth Gypsum is an excellent choice for breaking up heavy clay.
Compost adds essential organic materials back into the soil. Create your own, or consider GroundKeeper's Pride Compost, always an excellent choice.


Lawns:

If you are looking for a lawn fertilizer that is organic and safe for kids and pets give GroundsKeeper's Pride's Naturally Green a slow release granular organic lawn fertilizer a try.