A nurturing spirit in spring
Spring is the perfect time to nurture your entire garden and lawn with a feed of fertiliser and compost as warmer air and soil temperatures encourage and fuel that burst of new growth. While some plants need regular feeding throughout the year, all plants benefit from an early spring feed to encourage strong growth, flowers and fruit
The range of fertiliser products can be daunting and confusing, so many gardeners wonder which product to use to feed their plants. There are lots of good fertilisers, so make your choice based on the types of plants you grow, preferred fertiliser formulation (such as liquid or granular) and frequency of application.
For a general, all round, fast-acting liquid fertiliser that is safe on all plants including natives, apply PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives. As a liquid fertiliser, it can be reapplied regularly (every 2 to 4 weeks) throughout the growing period. This is ideal for all plants including rapidly growing plants such as annuals and vegetables, as well as containerised plants indoors and outdoors.
For those who don’t want to be constantly applying fertiliser, select a controlled-release or slow release formulation, which will feed slowly over many months. These products are good to select for a general feed of all plants and the lawn during the growing season. For a total garden slow-release fertilisers which feeds your plants and soil, try PowerFeed with Troforte All Purpose including Natives. Mix into the soil every 6-8 weeks. For the lawn, use PowerFeed LawnFeed, which is suitable for all lawn types including Buffalo. Apply it every season to your lawn during the growing season, For all granular fertilisers, don’t forget to water them in thoroughly after application.
There are also plant foods designed to feed specific plants such as tomatoes, roses, citrus, orchids, natives and lawns. For example for tomatoes, apply PowerFeed PRO SERIES Tomatoes & Vegetables as a liquid every 2 to 4 weeks or PowerFeed Controlled Release for Tomatoes & Vegetables as a granular controlled release fertiliser every 6 to 8 weeks.
Most gardeners find they need a combination of liquid and granular products with some specialised formulations. When applying fertiliser always follow the instructions on the container. For more information on specific plant food, check out the Seasol and PowerFeed range.
TIP: Don’t forget to add a few spadefuls of aged manure, garden compost and/or Seasol Super Compost under large shrubs such as camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas and around bulbs that have finished flowering.