What you need to know about fertilization

January 29, 2020

Soil fertility refers to the ability of soil to sustain agricultural plant growth. Fertile soil has the ability to supply essential plant nutrients and water in adequate amounts and proportions for plant growth and reproduction. That’s why it is important to do a fertilization process on time.

Fertilization for lawns and plants is important for any landscape maintenance plan. Here are some reasons why fertilizing your yard would be a good idea.

  • Your flowers will have enough nutrients to mature
  • Fertilizing landscaping plants can add value to your property
  • Healthy plants are easier to maintain

Fertilizer comes in two basic forms: organic (often called natural), and inorganic (often called chemical or synthetic). These are some facts about each one.


  • Some uncomposted organic fertilizers come from plant and animal sources.
  • Have a slower release of nutrients as they need to be decomposed by soil microorganisms.
  • Are easy on plant roots but take longer to become effective.


  • Are inexpensive and are the most frequently used fertilizers for trees.
  • Can come in slow-release, liquid or water-soluble for foliar application
  • Small amounts provide necessary nutrients. These soluble nutrients are quickly available to the plants.

Overfertilization may occur and injure growing plants. A soil test indicates when fertilizer is and is not needed. Overfertilization is more serious than under-fertilization. Once nutrients get into the soil, it is impossible to remove them.

Plants require specific nutrients from the soil. It is important to fertilize plants while rebuilding the soil. It will allow the plants to be able to naturally pull what they need from the soil without any additives. Here are some of the nutrients plants need:

  • Nitrogen

All plants need it, and over the years plants have learned to pull as much as they possibly can out of the soil to ensure they have enough to survive.

  • Phosphorous

This nutrient is essential to plants because it is what they need to produce reliable root systems.

  • Potassium

This nutrient helps the plant to become disease-resistant, which encourages a healthy life.

For more information on fertilization and other groundskeeping services, contact Vanguard Resources.