fertilizers - Knowledgebase Question

Charleston, So
Question by roberm2
March 12, 2009
Which general fertilizer would be the best to buy for feeding plants and trees?

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2009


Usually a balanced fertilizer is a good all purpose fertilizer for the landscape. Look for a 10-10-10 or a 20-20-20. If you have flowering shrubs and you want to promote flowering, you can use a fertilizer lower in nitrogen (the element that encourages green growth) and higher in phosphorous and potassium (which promote flowering and root growth). A fertilizer to encourage flowering is sometimes called a bloom booster and will have a 10-20-20 or 5-10-10 formula, or something similar. Be sure to apply in amounts as recommended on the label (too much is worse than not enough!) Best wishes with your garden!

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