Plants need nutrients to grow, and typically get them from the soil. But we sometimes apply organic or synthetic fertilizers to help plants along.
Different nutrients encourage growth in different ways, so do your research before you apply fertilizer. That way you'll apply the right type of nutrients at the right time.
Plants also benefit from the right amount of fertilizer. Overfertilizing can aggravate pest problems, stimulate excessive growth, and cause pollution of our waterways and groundwater.
Always keep fertilizers off hard surfaces, never fertilize within 10 feet of any water body, and do not fertilize before a heavy rain.
And before you apply fertilizer, make sure you read and follow all label instructions.
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Handbook: #3 Fertilize Appropriately (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Landscape Fertilization for Florida-Friendly Landscaping Ordinances
- General Recommendations for Fertilization of Turfgrasses on Florida Soils
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- Starting Your Own Compost
- Understanding Fertilizer Labels