Ways to Apply Fertilizer

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2L L before planting and may need to be reapplied one or more times dunng the season. ^member overfeeding makes plants mote susceptible to pests and diseases and can upset the so,I balance When rt rr to fertilizers, too little is safer than too much.

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Broadcasting. Sprinkle fertilizer evenly over the surface, either by hand or with a spreader. (First measure out the amount recommended for that area.) Rake it in for the fastest response, and to minimize chances of any washing away.

Sidedressing. Spread a band of fertilizer alongside growing plants. Make bands parallel to rows of plants; make the band a ring around the base of a single plant. In either case, keep concentrated fertilizers a few inches away from stems. Scratch the soil lightly to mix in fertilizer.

Putting into planting holes. /A* rerf zer = '

loosened soil at the bottom of the hole. If ^str.g concentrated fertilizers, top with a couple of oches - ** to avoid burning plant roots.

Watering in. Some fertilizers are made to be dissolved in, or diluted with, wafer so that con n plants as you water them. Some liquid Utilizers c°r' also be used for foliar feeding (see page 1 '

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