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Choosing the Best Liquid Fertilizer for Your Lawn

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

There are two basic options for lawn fertilizer: granular, which is dry and must be watered in, or liquid, which can be applied directly for instant results. Many homeowners choose liquid fertilizer for the ease of use and quick effects.

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Benefits of Liquid Fertilizer

There are plenty of reasons why liquid fertilizer is so popular. Here are just a few:

  • Applying the fertilizer is very simple. Just hook the container to a water hose and start spraying the lawn!
  • Thanks to the spraying effect of liquid fertilizer, you get a more even coverage than with a granular type of fertilizer.
  • Since the fertilizer is in liquid form, it gets to the roots immediately, and the effects are almost instantaneous.

When You Should Avoid Liquid Fertilizer

Just as there are plenty of reasons to choose liquid fertilizer, there are times when you may want to go with granulated fertilizer instead. Here are some considerations:

  • Liquid fertilizer must be applied often, so if you have a very large yard, consider the labor involved.
  • Calculate the the cost comparisons. Liquid fertilizer may be more expensive than the alternatives.
  • You need a water hose long enough to reach all the way across your lawn in order to apply the fertilizer effectively and evenly. This might hinder your ability to treat a larger yard.

A Final Word About Liquid Fertilizer

Liquid fertilizer is usually sold in concentrates, so it must be mixed with water before use. Applying it every 2 to 3 weeks is the norm, so prepare to spend a lot of time on your lawn--but the results are quick, satisfying, and well worth the effort!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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