Basic Nutritional Value
Most fertilizers that you can buy at a gardening center are broken down according to the amount of three key ingredients they contain:
These three compounds are the building blocks of plant nutrition. The amounts of these nutrients that you’ll need in your fertilizer depend on a few factors, the most important of which are the state of your soil and the types of plants you’re trying to grow.
Slow vs. Fast Release
You may be asking yourself: is it better to go with an organic fertilizer? The general answer is yes, organic fertilizer is typically more beneficial for your flowers. This is because organic fertilizers contain slow-release nutrients, which become available to the plants gradually over time, enabling them to be exposed to nutrients in a balanced and consistent manner, promoting steady long-term growth. Organic fertilizers may also contain small amounts of other minerals and nutrients that can aid in nourishing your plants.
The Truth About Florida Soil
This makes it that much more important to ensure that you’re using a high-quality fertilizer. To learn more about what type of fertilizer is best for your landscape, we highly recommend speaking to an experienced professionalabout the specifics of your space and the plants you’re trying to grow there.
When To Fertilize (and Not)
If you’ve planted your flowers in raised beds or planters, you should be free to use any fertilizer you see fit year-round. However, if your flowers are planted directly into your lawn, legal limitations may apply to the fertilizer you’re able to use.
Certain counties in Florida, including Hillsborough and Pinellas County, prohibit the use of fertilizer that contains nitrogen or phosphorus between June 1st and September 30th in order to prevent these chemicals from entering the public water supply.
Fertilizer should also not be applied whenever more than two inches of rainfall are expected in the area, and especially not when there is a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning in effect.
Keeping Your Flowers Happy
Maintaining a beautiful garden can feel complicated, but it doesn’t have to be difficult–especially if you do it under the guidance of a skilled professional with the experience to bring about the best, healthiest results for your property. To learn more about when to fertilize your flowers and how best to care for them year-round, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.