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The pride of a homeowner is a lush, green lawn. Unfortunately, that doesn’t just happen on it’s own. There has to be time and sweat invested into getting your turf and garden the way you want to get it. Just like we need the proper nutrition to stay healthy and function at a high level, our yard needs the same type of care put into it. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, our goal is to help you, the homeowner, get your lawn to its optimum potential through our vast offerings of lawn care products like fertilizer.

What Is Granular Fertilizer?

Granular or dry fertilizer is a type of fertilizer which comes in a dry pelleted form, as opposed to spikes, a liquid, or powder. Most gardening centers carry a variety of granular fertilizers, along with an array of formulations which are designed to address specific soil conditions. Depending on how you look at it, the circumstances of where you live and personal preferences, granular fertilizer may have better advantages than other forms of fertilizer which gardeners should consider before making a choice of fertilizer to use for their lawn or garden.

Some companies manufacture granular fertilizer that is synthetic, in which a variety of chemicals are used to create the desired balance of nutrients. This variation of fertilizer tends to have a very precise balance, and thus the behavior when applied is very predictable in nature. Other companies create fertilizer that is more organic and made from natural materials. To create such a product, it requires gathering materials like compost, manure, and so forth and pelletizing them for gardening convenience. While these fertilizers are frequently tested before being readied for sale, they may not always have the exact balance of nutrients and deliver the results that a synthetic fertilizer can do.

The key benefit that comes with granular fertilizer is that it behaves as a sort of time release capsule, allowing nutrients to flow out over a period of time, rather than flooding (and thus overwhelming) the plants with nutrients as would happen when applying liquid fertilizer. This method of providing nutrition to plants significantly decreases the chances of damaging lawns and plantlife.

Browse our granule fertilizer products below. For more information and more detailed advice on what type of fertilizer to use and how to properly use it, give in touch with us via email, phone or live chat.


How To Apply Granular Fertilizer

Applying fertilizer doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re a lawn care novice, we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn can help you not only by providing you with excellent professional-grade products which will make your lawn maintenance tasks more convenient, but we also want to equip you with the right lawn and garden know-how so you can fertilize your lawn correctly the first time. Here are three basic steps to keep in mind when applying dry granular fertilizer.

Step 1: The first thing you must do before applying your granular fertilizer is to prepare your soil. To do this we recommend watering your lawn or garden and getting some wetness there so the fertilizer granules can be better absorbed. This will allow the granules to mix better with the soil and you will notice a difference in the soil’s texture when planting in the future.


Step 2: Make sure to use the right equipment when fertilizing your lawn with granule fertilizer. We recommend using a broadcast spreader because that is what the professionals use. If you want the best results and want to lay down fertilizer like a pro, get a high quality broadcast spreader. When spreading, make sure to not go to slow or too fast so you can get a nice even spread. Keep the spreading at a consistent speed all the way through.


Step 3: Fertilizer the perimeter of the lawn by doing a “trim pass” this will make the spreader lay out fertilizer along the edges so you get your turf covered well. Then you walk in a grid like fashion, following the wheel marks of the late pass.

 

Learn More About Granular Fertilizer

When it comes to caring for your lawn, you want to use the best fertilizer so that your lawn gets the proper nutrition for it's growth and sustenance.  But the question that often comes to mind for a homeowner shopping for fertilizer for their lawn is "Which fertilizer should I choose: granular fertilizer or liquid fertilizer?" No matter what the packaging may say, most granular and liquid fertilizers provide the same total amount of nutrients; the differences between the two forms arise in terms of what equipment is needed for application, the consistency and price according to weight. By weighing the pros and cons of both options, you can choose the right method for creating a healthy environment for your crops.


Is A Granular Fertilizer The Best Option For You?

Here are some things to consider if you are trying to decide if granular fertilizer is the best route to take to feed your lawn:

Cost and Convenience

Granular fertilizers are relatively a cheaper alternative to liquid fertilizers. They come in various combinations of nutrients ranging from all-purpose plant foods to specialized fertilizers for vegetables, roses, bulbs or acid-loving plants. Some provide balanced nutrition and include fairly equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Other fertilizers contain one nutrient only.


Versatility

Granular fertilizers can be used a number of different ways. You can dig into the soil and spread them prior to planting a vegetable garden or spread the fertilizer in a band around plants to give them the necessary nutrition in the middle of the summer. Granular fertilizer can be spread by shaking it gently over the ground (hand broadcasting) or via using a granule spreader for quick distribution over a large area. Granular fertilizers come in water-soluble formulas that become active instantly when mixed with water, or slow-release formulas that release nutrients over a span of a few months.

 

Often Labeled as Inorganic

For those wanting a more organic or natural way of feeding your lawn, there are organic fertilizers available which contain natural ingredients such as bone meal, cotton seed meal or blood meal. However the options available are quite limited. Most granular fertilizers you will find will not be organic.

 

Risk of Plant Injury

Much like liquid fertilizers, granular fertilizers have the potential to burn plants' roots and leaves. Always apply fertilizer several inches from the plants and wash off any residue that comes in contact with the plants. Follow package directions carefully and never apply more fertilizer than recommended. To be on the safe side, use less fertilizer instead of more. Granular fertilizers with shaker-type applicators require special care since it can be quite easy to accidently shake out too much and cause damage to plants.

 

The Pros and Cons of Granular Fertilizer In A Nutshell

Benefits:

  • Easier to store
  • Slow-release granules means fewer applications will be necessary
  • Cheaper to purchase in bulk amounts

Drawbacks:

  • High salt content can burn leaves and steer roots away from nutrients
  • Require moist and warm temperatures to work best.
  • Each granule holds a nonuniform amount of nutrients
  • Because of the slow-release, you may have to wait a while for results to show.

 

 

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