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Time to fertilize

By: Courtesy of Harding Nursery
July 24, 2017 Updated: July 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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Whether you prefer organic or inorganic fertilizer, it’s a great time to fertilize your plants. Most soils do not provide the nutrients required for optimum plant growth and even with great garden soil, as plants grow they absorb the nutrients and the soil becomes less fertile. Fertilizing ensures your plants flourish day to day, year after year.

Keeping nutrients available allows healthy growth and optimum performance, which results in less insect and disease problems. This applies to all plants, from trees and shrubs to flowers and turf grass.

Fertilizers are typically applied directly to soil or sprayed on leaves (known as Foliage Feeding), and generally come in two categories — organic and inorganic.

Organic fertilizers contain naturally-occurring materials such as manure, composted plant material, and seaweed or natural occurring mineral deposits. They provide slow released nitrogen which benefits soil structure. Inorganic fertilizers are processed by man.

Both types have pros and cons. If you want steady continuous growth, the slow released nitrogen in organic fertilizer is best or try an inorganic containing a slow released nitrogen. When your garden needs an immediate boost, an inorganic fertilizer provides it quickly.

Harding has developed a fertilizer for trees, shrubs and perennials that is ideal — it provides peak growth and performance. Our Harding’s Nursery Special contains the slow release nitrogen blue stone. We also carry a variety of organic fertilizers and lawn fertilizers, as well as excellent inorganic fertilizers.

Stop by Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs, and let our knowledgeable staff and certified nursery professionals help you decide which fertilizer will work best for you.

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