Try time-released fertilizers

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:09 AM.

With new plantings, controlled release fertilizers can be mixed into the soil.  For established plants, surface application is most effective if the granules are tilled in lightly about a half-an-inch to an inch.  Be careful not to damage plant roots when tilling.  If the fertilizer is applied to the soil surface, and cannot be tilled in, you need to wet the granules frequently and thoroughly to insure release of their nutrients.

Generally speaking, you need to use less of this kind of fertilizer if your plants are infrequently watered, have poor drainage, contain high salt levels, or grow in areas exposed to low light. 

For more information about controlled release fertilizers, check with your garden center operator or contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200 or visit our website  or www.  and see Publication SL 266 or ENH 1189


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