WHEN & HOW to apply Fertilizer correctly

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  • At planting – Always include phosphorous with new plantings – Wonder Bonemeal or Wonder Super Phosphates are ideal. Alternatively use Wonder Vitaliser Plant & Veg 2:3:4 (15) + C (8) SR or Wonder 2:3:2 (14) + C (8) SR or for an organic alternative use Wonder Organic Granules Vita-Boost as a starter solution.

As per the recommendations on the bag, this fertilizer should be incorporated into your planting soil or potting soil during planting

  • Broadcast application
    This method, which covers large areas well, is used to apply granular fer­tilisers to lawns or to garden beds. The broadcast method can be done by hand, simply ‘throwing’ fertiliser over the area to be treater. Alternatively you can use a hand-rotary or drop spreader.

Always adhere to the recommendation rate on the bag

  • Top dressing application
    This technique, which provides nutrients to individual plants such as shrubs and perennials, is done by hand with granular fertilisers. Simply apply the fertiliser around the base of the plant, extending to the drip line. For vegetables, place the fertiliser in a strip parallel to the plant­ing row.
  • Side Dressing

Dry fertiliser is applied as a side dressing once plants are actively growing. Scatter fertiliser on both sides of the row 15 to 20 cm from the plants. Rake it into the soil and water thoroughly.

  • Banding
  • Narrow bands of fertiliser are applied in furrows 5 to 8 cm from the garden seeds and 2.5 to 5 cm deeper than the seeds or plants. Careless placement of the fertiliser band too close to the seeds will burn the roots of the seedlings. The best technique is to stretch a string where the seed row is to be planted. With a corner of a hoe, dig a furrow 7.5 cm deep, 7.5 cm to one side, and parallel with the string. Spread 1/2 the suggested rate of the fertiliser in the furrow and cover it with soil. Repeat the banding operation on the other side of the string, and then sow seeds underneath the string.
  • For widely spaced plants, such as tomatoes, fertilisers can be placed in bands 15 cm long for each plant or in a circle around the plant. Place the bands 10 cm from the plant base. If used in the hole itself, place the fertiliser at the bottom of the hole, work it into the soil, and place a layer of soil about 5 cm deep over the fertilised soil before putting the plant in the hole.
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