10-10-10 Fertilizer: Use And Benefits

10-10-10 fertilizer is an all-purpose and balanced plant nutrient. It contains equal amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).

This complete fertilizer is a well-known and widely used product on the market. When to use 10-10-10 depends on the type and age of the plants. For example, if you have well-established plants like roses, strawberries, and asparagus, an early, slow-release spring feeding can benefit them tremendously. On the other hand, green leafy plants and vegetables will benefit from a surge of nitrogen and other nutrients a month after planting.

How To Use Granular 10 10 10

Always read the label before putting anything in the garden, especially fertilizer. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to brush up on the requirements of your specific plant species and their demands. If you’re unsure, contact your local garden supply company with any questions you have about the standards in your region. You can use the search box at the top of this page for more articles on GardeningCalendar. Or consult the plant selection page.

Once you know the requirements and what to expect, get a soil test of the pH levels. This will indicate what your soil lacks and what additional needs such as organic matter the soil could use to improve plant growth. Some garden centers carry home soil test kits to use for this process. However, you can always bring a sample to your local agriculture agency or farm supply store for testing.

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Watch this video full of helpful information by using vinegar and baking soda.

The application rates needed are calculated by measuring the square foot area and multiplying the pounds per unit. Of course, you can always estimate what you need, but doing so adds a mild risk of burning your plants. Once all this calculation is done it’s time to head to the store and buy your 10 10 10. Depending on how much you need the best buy and value comes in purchasing larger 50 lbs bags which cost less per pound.

Also, buying a slow-release fertilizer will feed plants continuously throughout the season. Apply by hand, dilution application, or broadcast application. Many homeowners find that applying the fertilize by hand or with an inexpensive broadcast applicator will typically be the easiest process. For individual plants, cultivate the area at the base of the plant. This allows the fertilizer easier access to the plant’s roots. Some gardeners add a granular 10-10-10 product to their compost pile to help break down organic matter and speed up the composting process.

Precautions For 10-10-10 Fertilizer

Fertilizer Corrosion

Many of the chemicals that make up fertilizers are highly corrosive and can damage your lawn equipment. Always clean all of your fertilizer spreader equipment thoroughly after applying fertilizer.

Mixing Fertilizer with Water

Reduce the rate on younger plants as they are much more fragile and can easily burn through the use of fertilizer. To protect young plants, dilute fertilizer into a bucket of water and use the liquid water-soluble fertilizer solution to feed the plants. Not only does it protect the plants from over-fertilization, it allows for easier absorption.

Calculate how much fertilizer you need and watch for approaching inclement weather patterns. Too much fertilizer and rain can lead to a serious runoff situation. Not only does this waste money, but it can lead to hazardous environmental pollution. For more information on safely fertilizing with regard to local wildlife, talk to your local environmental agency.

Handling Fertilizer

When using fertilizers always wear protective gloves, googles, and breathing masks. Once you complete the fertilizer application, always make sure to wash all clothing and shower as soon as possible. Fertilizer does include some dangerous chemicals. In fact, it can be volatile and explosive under certain conditions. Always store with the utmost of care.

Can 10-10-10 Fertilizer be Used on Grass?

Yes. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for lawns. It encourages the growth of fresh green foliage required for photosynthesis, creating energy for long-term root growth and disease resistance.Mow your lawn beforehand to make 10-10-10 fertilizer application easier. Then, irrigate your lawn since wet soil and grass absorb fertilizer faster. Apply the fertilizer evenly, preferably first thing in the morning on a cool day to minimize water evaporation. Finally, for approximately a week, water your lawn every day. Additional directions and advice may be found on the 10-10-10 fertilizer package.

How Much Fertilizer to Apply on Lawns?

For 1000 square feet of lawn grass, 10 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer, which has 1 pound of nitrogen, is the ideal amount.


Using a balanced n-p-k ratio of 10-10-10 fertilizer will help to beautify your lawn and garden. However, it is important to use it correctly for the best results and to stay safe. This information will allow you to use 10-10-10 fertilizer like a professional during the growing season.Related

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