(I posted this topic/question elsewhere, but everyone here is always super helpful so I thought I'd post it here as well!)...
I am wondering about the application of fertilizer. (Yup, I'm a total naive newb! hehe..) Basically, I'm unsure of whether I mix fertilizer into the soil, apply on top of soil, add to water, etc. If anyone could kindly provide advice to me on how/when/how much I'd greatly appreciate it!
Here's what fertilizers I have so far:
- I'll be getting some balanced 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 fert from a nursery this weekend (Any recommendations would be totally appreciated!)
- 1 bag of Bone meal
- 1 bag of Blood meal
I can't find Hoof & Horn meal anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find this, by chance?
I'm sure that fertilizing methods and uses depend on soil mix used, tree, environment, etc. I'm going to mix a few recipes and try them out, based on a very helpful and informative article I read.
Below are the bulk components that I'll have at my disposal for mixing my own soil:
- Turface MVP
- Decomposed Pine Bark
- Pool Filter Sand
- Pea-Grit (Gravel)
- Miracle-Gro "Moisture Control" potting mix
- Micro-Plus from Hollow Creek
I'm also picking up a 50lb bag of Chicken Grit from a local feed mill this weekend.
I realize that there is an ongoing debate about the upsides and downsides between organic and inorganic (<-- proper term?) fertilizers. So I'm completely open-minded. Since I'm just starting out, I am considering trying organic ferts on some trees and inorganic on others and seeing how it goes. Dunno.
I think that's it for the moment. Much appreciation, in advance, for any help, advice, suggestions, etc.