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Figuring Out What Fertilizer to Use

Fertilizer provides nutrients for your plants, and it's available in a variety of forms. Inorganic fertilizers are mined or synthesized, while organic fertilizers are derived from living organisms.

Different plants have different nutrient requirements, and in many cases a fertilizer product may not be necessary, so know your plants' needs and do your homework before you purchase and apply fertilizers.

Consider having your soil tested to see what's present and what's lacking. Kits are available at your county Extension office.
For your lawn and landscape, use slow-release products that require fewer applications and may be less likely to leach nutrients into the water supply.

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