The importance of fertilizer requires it’s own page I feel. For so long, people just assumed we were all about machines, machines MACHINES!!! But we are much, much more. 😛
So… WTF is fertilizer?!?!
If I were to compare it to an everyday thing that us humans use or need, it would be food(DUUUUH!). Though nature has a very magical way of keeping itself alive by making use of the environment, fertilizers(Synthetic and Organic) can help push nature in the right direction for health, nourishment and longevity.
So yeah, if you can’t figure out why your lawn looks like poop… maybe it’s because you’re not feeding it??? HMMMM?! Or maybe if you are, are you feeding it enough?! Or are you feeding it too much???
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If we lived in a very controlled climate where it wasn’t too hot or cold throughout the entire year, then your lawn will not need fertilizer. You see, plants have this uncanny ability to live off sunlight and water. That ability to absorb sunlight(photosynthesis. come on, I am sure you heard this word before :P) helps with the production of chemical energy that is created through sunlight. Carbon and water create a carb source(SEE, EVEN PLANTS USE CARBS AS A SOURCE FOR ENERGY BECAUSE IT’S THE MOST EFFICIENT FORM OF ENERGY FOR LIVING ORGANISMS! EVEN IF YOU EAT ONLY FAT, THE PROTEIN YOUR BODY TAKES IN WILL BE REFORMED IN THE LIVER AS GLUCOSE. THIS PROCESS IS CALLED GLUCONEOGENESIS! All you people who hate carbs need to shut up!) that helps with the plants growth and overall activities. The process of creating a energy source, releases oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis, hence why plant life and it’s nourishment of plant life is so vital to us.
So what is the result of not feeding if plant life cannot take care of itself? Death! DEATH!! If the plant is unable to create it’s own energy source, even with only one of the energy sources, water or sunlight, it’s not enough for the plant to sustain itself. We have to constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, compare all life forms, be it plant, animal, human etc… on the same basis of how life can live and that is; all living things need food, water, love and less stress. I must sound like a hippy, but whatever; we all live on this planet together and nature, god, or something of a grander scale, created us for a specific purpose, and it’s not to control or kill each other, but to maintain and nourish each other. We LITERALLY live off each other so to completely destroy, hate or kill each other makes ZERO SENSE! Anyways, lets get the idea of fertilizer done properly and start on the right foot.
Nitrogen is probably the most highly sought after element for plant growth because it is required for photosynthesis(that #%&@ing word again!). Just in case you didn’t read it, photosynthesis is the process of the plant producing it’s own energy source(sugar through water and carbon). Another thing that makes nitrogen so crucial is because it is comprised of protein strands which are essential for life. You ever wonder why bodybuilders get all veiny like an erect pee pee? It’s because of their nitrogen levels are at a higher state from all the amino acids which helps them be anabolic; repairing or rebuilding tissue. Nitrogen rich foods for humans help blood circulation which helps promote growth and recovery where as for plants, nitrogen supplies amino acids(protein strands) to help build structure. More or less the same idea; Nitrogen helps to build!
Phosphorus is mainly known for growth of roots and for blooming. The thing with phosphorus is that it’s found within the growing cycle of a plant, so once maturation occurs, most of the phosphorus is found in the seeds of the plant. With that being said, phosphorus is incredibly important for younger plants that have just been seeded, or installed into the earth. Phosphorus at this stage will dictate the integrity of your plant in which stem strength, flower formation and germination will occur. Sadly most regular fertilizers contain very small amounts of this compound so if you’re bringing something up in the spring, and it’s a fairly new plant, it’s best to find a fertilizer that specializes in root growth and blooming, such as bone meal.