A beginner’s guide to fertilizer: What is fertilizer?

What is fertilizer used for?

To understand the question, “What is fertilizer used for?” then you also need to understand that all soil is not created equal.

There are different types of soil (from sandy to silty to clay), and each soil has its pros and cons. For example, sandy soil might be easier to work with, but it’s usually low in nutrients and dries out easily.

On top of this, you also need to keep in mind that every garden has its own story to tell, and that story includes its soil — which consists of the products it’s been fed, the plants it’s grown, and the environment it lives in.

In other words, your garden’s past will have an impact on how healthy your soil and plants are today.This being said, fertilizer is used to step in and help your garden and its soil tell a better story. It provides your soil with the nutrients plants need to thrive — nutrients like potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. As a result of fertilizer, your plants are able to grow bigger, much more quickly and remain healthy in the process.

What is fertilizer made of?

As mentioned previously, fertilizer contains those basic nutrients plants need in order to live and grow. Those nutrients are categorized into three groups — macronutrients, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients. But aside from all these nutrients, what is fertilizer? What exactly does fertilizer consist of?

Just as there are different types of soil, there are also different types of fertilizer — with the most basic of types being organic (like manure and seaweed) and synthetic.

But what about synthetic fertilizer? What’s inside synthetic fertilizer and why would you choose synthetic over organic?

Typically, synthetic fertilizer consists of material that is derived from rock-like substances and is heavily saturated with macronutrients that can be supplied to plants immediately — which can then result in immediate plant growth.

However, since synthetic fertilizers do not contain organic material, it does very little to actually nourish and improve the soil — which is why it can result in immediate plant growth, but not longterm health and nourishment.

What should you look for in a fertilizer?

Obviously, you want the best of both worlds — something that’s easy to apply and fast to work (like synthetic fertilizer) but also something that treats your soil right and improves it from the inside-out (like organic fertilizer). But does that even exist? It certainly does.

Here at Green As It Gets, we’ve developed a soil treatment that is the best of both worlds. Formulated with over 50 different ingredients, our organic garden fertilizer, known as GardenMAX, digs deep to correct a wide range of soil problems — everything from pH imbalances to nutrient deficiencies. With both macro- and micronutrients, GardenMAX is guaranteed to turn your soil into a place plants love to grow.  

If you want to keep learning about this innovative soil treatment, check out our blog that explains all.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, fertilizer is used to feed your plants. It replenishes the nutrients that are pulled out by a plant, so the plant can grow big and strong. This is because, just like us, plants grow better when they are regularly fed the right quantity of nutrients.

So if you remember anything from our ‘What is fertilizer?’ discussion, then remember this:

Just like there are many factors that determine if people are healthy (good diet, exercise, shelter etc.), there are also many factors that determine if plants are healthy (nutrients, water, pH, soil biology, etc.). All of these factors are important and essential, so don’t just assume that all your plants need in order to be healthy is fertilizer.

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