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Why fertigation is the best way to fertilize

January 04, 2018

Plants only take up nutrients they require. Just because an excess of nutrient may be available does not mean plants can use it.

Therefore, to maximise plant development we should ensure sufficient nutrients are available at all times.

Fertigation allows us to "micro dose" fertilizer so it is constantly available to our plants as compared to super dosing (which is effectively what most fertilizer manufacturers recommend to reduce application labour effort).

Fertigation is the easiest way to fertilize as it is performed automatically and simultaneously when you water your plants.

Fertigation provides an effortless way to fertilize each day if you so choose. Therefore you have an opportunity to ensure that small doses of fertilizer are always available to your plant - right there ready for when it needs it.

Fertigation reduces labour effort and time taken to fertilize - which means you have more time to enjoy your plants.

Government organisations have commissioned numerous studies into the benefits of large scale fertigation. Over recent decades, more and more farmers are adopting fertigation and reaping the rewards of significantly improved harvest and greater time availability.

Fertigation is not only available to commercial farmers but fertigate systems are readily available for homeowners to fertilize vegetable or flower gardens, lawns, trees, bonsai, orchids, literally everything you need to fertilize.

Fertigation has many advantages and only a few disadvantages.

The advantages include:

  • fertilizer is applied directly to the root zone optimising plant growth
  • nutrients can be applied any time during the growing season based on plant need
  • highly mobile nutrients such as nitrogen can be carefully managed to ensure rapid plant uptake
  • fertilizer can be applied quickly to address any deficiency issues
  • huge time saving compared to manual fertilizing
  • Simple and easy to fertilize at the same time as you water your plants.
  • small amounts of fertilizer can be regularly applied resulting in reduced run off and greater plant take up

Disadvantages of fertigation include:

  • Fertigation systems costs have a small cost and a small effort to set up.

Considering the investment cost in time, effort and money to procure, nurture and maintain your plants and garden, it is easy to see the benefits that can be realised by a small investment in a fertigate fertigation system.

Our web site contains more information on the types of fertigate systems available and how you can go about selecting a fertigation system that will suit your needs.

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