Liquid fertilizer is one of the options that farmers, gardeners and other horticultural enthusiasts use as an alternative to the traditional solid fertilizers. It is a choice that has gained greater popularity over the years because of its relative ease of use as well as its other advantages over solid or granular fertilizers.
Here are the known advantages of liquid fertilizer.
- Rate of absorption. Granular or solid fertilizer generally takes about a day to even three days before the nutrients in the granules are broken down and get absorbed by the soil. In contrast, the nutrients in liquid fertilizer are more easily absorbed. These are usually absorbed within a day or even less, as liquid has better ability to seep into the soil, compared to solid fertilizers.
- Accuracy with the volume used. With solid fertilizers, the chances of fertilizer burn are relatively high. This is because you can’t really measure the exact amount that goes into the soil, particularly in areas where grass and trees grow. With liquid fertilizers distributed through a fine mist spraying system, it is much easier to ensure that the right amount of fertilizer gets sprayed onto each particular section of the garden.
- Excellent for warm weather. Solid fertilizers can be very difficult to use during the summer. Liquid fertilizers, meanwhile, can more easily find its way through the granules of soil, therefore delivering the much needed organic nutrients to the plants uniformly. Any attempts to use this while gardening in the winter can be quite difficult, though. Liquid fertilizer doesn’t work well during the winter season as liquids usually freeze in subzero temperatures. For this purpose, some formulations might be especially made for colder weathers, though.
- Easy application and uniform growth. Thanks in large part to its property of being easily measurable, vast areas of lawn areas can easily be maintained with liquid fertilizer. This is a great way to make sure your produce grows regularly across the lot. When managing large areas of crops, it would be easier to administer fertilizer in liquid form. Crop dusters can easily load up with liquid fertilizer and do fly-bys on large patches of agricultural land.
- It maintains the quality of the soil. Fertilizer burn does not only cause damage to the soil and your crops and plants. Chemical burn might also harm the microorganisms in the soil that help the plants grow better. If this delicate balance were to be tipped toward any one side (either too little or too much), it would make the soil very non-hospitable to the many different kinds of crops or plants you might want to plant. This might make planting difficult in the future.
When managing agricultural lands, liquid fertilizer should be an option, especially if you are concerned with the ease of application, and care for your soil. Not only are these easy to apply, they can better take care of your crops, plants and soil as compared to solid fertilizers. Liquid fertilizers would be beneficial to your soil and plants in the long run.