Are you wondering which fertilizer to buy? There are many choices out there, but some types of fertilizers are better than others.

As you walk around your local garden center, you may make your way to the plant fertilizer section. However, you’ll find dozens of fertilizer options. Chemical or organic? Quick-release fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer? Granular or liquid? Which is the best for you?

Depending on your specific plant growth needs, some fertilizers may work better than others. To help you make an informed decision the next time you’re tasked with buying fertilizer, we’ve compiled a guide detailing the different types of fertilizers and when to should use them. Check it out below.

Granular Fertilizer

Granular fertilizers are dry fertilizers that commonly come in pellet form and must be either applied to or watered in the ground.

They are applied with the help of an automatic spreader or a fertilizer shaker. If you’re tending to a larger plot of land, granular fertilizers may be for you.

Depending on your needs, you can buy them in various forms: slow-release, controlled-release, and quick-release formulas. These work for varying amounts of time.

Liquid Fertilizer

Liquid fertilizers, also known as soluble fertilizers, are available in powder form or bottled liquid solutions. When dissolved in water, liquid fertilizers deliver a rapid nutrient burst.

Liquid fertilizers are relatively easy to handle and store and contain a high percentage of macronutrients in relation to its weight.

Nutrients from a soluble fertilizer are retained well in soil with organic matter. However, in sandy soil or soilless mixes, nutrients move out of root zones very quickly as water washes through the soil.

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