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Pike Nurseries: The basics of fertilizing

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Having problems fertilizing your lawn? Pike Nurseries offers some tips to help you choose the right fertilizer to get your yard looking good!

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Here are some tips we mentioned on Good Day, courtesy of Pike's Nurseries:

How do you know what fertilizer to use? Every fertilizer lists 3 numbers on the package that represent the percentage of a certain ingredient!

Number 1: Nitrogen

  • Essential for growth of foliage
  • Produces lush, tender, green leaves (or grass blades)
  • Deficiency results in a yellow-green color (chlorosis) and little or no growth
  • Is easily flushed through the soil

Number 2: Phosphorous

  • Stimulates root growth
  • Hastens the maturity of plants
  • Promotes development of flowers, fruits, seeds
  • Deficiency can result in slow or stunted growth and purplish discoloration on leaves
  • Remains in the soil quite well

Number 3: Potassium

  • Gives vigor to tolerate changing weather conditions
  • Helps resist disease
  • Assists in the food manufacturing process
  • Strengthens cell wall structure for strong stems
  • Deficiency can cause week stems and slow growth
  • Leaches from the soil, not so fast as nitrogen
  • An easy way to remember this is: Up, Down & All Around

Now is the time to apply fertilizers with a higher 1st number like Super Bloom. This promotes "up" growth – just what plants need at the end of the summer. Mix 1 teaspoon of Super Bloom with 1 gallon of water and apply to petunias, marigolds, impatiens, and other plants.

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