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Organic Fertilisers

Organic fertilisers contain naturally occurring materials and are derived from animal, vegetable and plant matter. These include compost, manure, seaweed, and blood and bone.

Organic fertilisers feed the soil and plants adding much needed nutrients to the soil. Organic fertilisers such as manure and compost also create a food source for earthworms and micro-organisms. Having earthworm activity in the soil will help to loosen the soil, create more oxygen flow to the plant roots and improve drainage. Worms also assist by creating a healthy, nutrient-rich soil through the waste that they excrete, which is called castings.

Compost can be used as an organic fertiliser to improve soil structure, loosen clay and help sandy soils retain water better. Kelp and liquid seaweed are effectively used as a growth enhancer for plants.

Organic fertilisers are available in granules or in liquid form. It can be used in a similar manner to chemical or synthetic fertilisers. But given that they are not as potent, they will often need to be used in a larger quantity to have the same effect.

A big benefit of organic fertilisers is that they work slowly. They have to be broken down by the soil organisms in order for the nutrients to be released into the soil. However, if you need something that will work quickly and give immediate nutrients to the plants, you should consider applying a liquid or synthetic fertiliser.

And of course, if you want some additional help and advice on fertilising, the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.

And while we’re there in your garden, we can do a lot of other stuff too to get your garden looking and feeling its best.

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