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Examples of Fertilizers

There are many different fertilizers to choose from when you want to improve the health of your garden, grass, trees and bushes. You can choose to buy fertilizer, or you can use other products that you may already have in your home. Having different examples of fertilizers will help guide you in fertilizing as conveniently as possible.

Inorganic Fertilizer

Inorganic fertilizer is another name for chemical fertilizer. This is the fertilizer that you buy from your local home improvement store and is comprised of chemicals that are meant to improve the quality of the plant life around your home. There are different formulas to choose from depending on the specific use, and the product bag will help guide your choice. Inorganic fertilizers are generally seen in a granule or powder form, although they are found in liquid forms, as well. Generally the products contain different ratios of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, which are three important elements that contribute to plant life.

Grass Clippings

When mowing the lawn, choose to leave the grass clippings on the lawn instead of having them bagged. When left on the yard, the grass clippings will naturally provide much needed water, nitrogen and phosphorus to the grass. When you leave the grass clippings on the yard, you are getting the nutrients equal to the application of a chemical fertilizer. Your grass will look better, and you’ll also have to put forth less effort since you won’t be bagging the clippings. If you will be applying grass clippings to a garden or other area, allow them to dry before applying them to the garden beds to avoid making the soil too acidic as the grass decomposes.


Compost is a natural type of fertilizer that makes the most of your home and garden waste. To take advantage of compost, it is advisable to create a compost bin, which is an area for the waste to decompose and become usable as a fertilizer. You can buy or build a compost bin, depending on how much effort you want to put into the process. Once you have the bin, you simply put in food waste, grass clippings and other organic matter. You turn the compost from time to time, and you can begin using this as fertilizer within three months. Compost is safe for use with all plants and will contribute to the overall health of your garden and lawn.

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