How to Apply Liquid Fertilizer

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The majority of liquid fertilizers available offer nutrients for a short period of time; many need to be reapplied every two to four weeks. This type of fertilizer comes in a bottle that attaches to your garden hose. One potential disadvantage of liquid over granular fertilizers is that it can be difficult to know exactly where you've applied the chemicals. However, there are some methods that are useful for ensuring full coverage.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Gloves
  • Calender
  • Decide on what type of liquid fertilizer to use. Organic fertilizer provides nutrients to the soil, which in turn replenishes and promotes root growth. Chemical formulas are absorbed directly into the root system, yet may strip away the soil's humus content.

  • Dilute the liquid fertilizer according to the instructions on the label. Be careful measuring, because too much fertilizer can burn plants. When in doubt, use less to reduce the risk of killing your plants.

  • Spray the root systems of new plants when they are being planted. Likewise, you can create a basin around the new plant and mix the fertilizer in a watering can to water the new plant.

  • Attach the bottle to a gardening hose for spraying large areas. Walk an imaginary grid across your yard. Repeat until you fully cover the yard.

  • Divide your yard up into sections when you are doing a large area. Keep to a fertilizing schedule by marking on your calender each time you need to reapply.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read the label of your liquid fertilizer to find the NPK. This indicates the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium it contains.
  • Avoid fertilizing in the fall to produce unwanted growth before the weather change.
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