Learning More About Agriculture

Using A Liquid Fertilizer Product

If you want ideal grass growth across your property, then you may want to think about adding some fertilizer to the soil. While synthetic or semisynthetic varieties are an option, you can also invest in organic mixtures. These are more likely to encourage long-term health of your soil and any new grass seed that you plant. Many organic farming fertilizer varieties come in liquid form, so keep reading to learn how to use these products.

Mix The Fertilizer

The vast majority of fertilizer come in concentrated form. Some of the products are water soluble while others are not. The non-water soluble varieties may require the use of a surfactant that allows the fertilizer to break through the surface tension of the water so the fertilizing ingredients can dissipate and absorb into the soil. Sometimes the surfactant is called a transporter, so look to see if the fertilizer product called for this or for a surfactant. The fluids may be ionic or anionic and can be found in large containers at your local home supply store. Something like coconut oil can also be utilized instead of a commercial mixture.

If the product is water soluble, then you will need to mix it with water. The mixing ratio can vary, but you will only typically need a small amount of the fertilizer to a large amount of water. A single tablespoon in one gallon of water is not unusual. Depending on the size of your yard, you may want to mix several gallons of the fertilizer at one time.

Surfactants and water can be mixed with products in large plastic buckets. This is ideal if you are using an irrigation system to add the fertilizer to your lawn. If you are using a sprayer, then mix it in the spraying reservoir directly. 

Keep in mind that certain applications will call for higher concentrations of fertilizer, so make sure you are using the correct ratio, especially for first applications and new plant growth.

Spray Your Lawn

Spraying is the easiest way to apply an organic fertilizer if you do not have an irrigation system to add it to your grass. Sprayers will vary greatly, but you should use a fine mist sprayer if possible. This type of device will release a fine spray that will allow for more consistent coverage. 

When using your sprayer, make sure to keep the nozzle close to the ground to keep the product from releasing into the air. You should concentrate on the roots of your plants and the soil, but many plants can benefit from a direct leaf and growth spray, so lightly cover grass blades and leaves that you see.