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Organic Fertilisers

Organic fertilisers contain naturally occurring materials 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 loosen the soil, create more oxygen flow to the plant roots, and improve drainage. Worms also assist by creating healthy, nutrient-rich soil through the waste they excrete, 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 liquid form. It can be used similarly to chemical or synthetic fertilisers. However, given that they are not as potent, they must often be employed in a larger quantity to have the same effect.

A significant benefit of organic fertilisers is that they work slowly. The soil organisms must break them down for the nutrients to be released. 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 additional help and advice on fertilising, the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.

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

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