Boosting plant growth
Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are essential nutrients found in fertilisers that play a significant role in plant growth. Here’s what each nutrient does:
Nitrogen promotes vigorous leaf growth and a healthy green hue.
Phosphorus is vital for developing strong roots and promoting the production of seeds, fruit, and flowers.
Potassium enables proper growth and reproduction in plants.
When you fertilise hedges, make sure to provide them with these essential nutrients. This process is crucial for maintaining the health and appearance of your hedges.
The release of chemicals from controlled release fertilisers increases with higher soil temperature, which is associated with increased plant growth when using organic fertilisers. By providing these essential nutrients, fertilising hedges encourages healthy growth and a fuller appearance, contributing to an attractive and well-maintained garden.
Enhancing soil structure
Soil pH levels play a significant role in the success of your hedge, as certain hedge plants require specific pH levels to thrive.
For example, Rhododendrons require acidic soil (lower than 5.8) for optimal growth and survival, as root development is crucial for their growth.
Fertilising hedges has the potential to positively impact soil structure by:
- Encouraging healthy growth and development
- Augmenting plant growth
- Preventing soil erosion
- Augmenting water retention and drainage
By improving and maintaining ideal soil conditions for hedge planting, you’ll be providing your hedge plants with the essential nutrients they need to remain healthy and vibrant.
Strengthening resistance to pests and diseases
Proper fertilisation helps sustain a vigorous and healthy hedge, which is more resilient to pests and diseases.
Fertilisers like bone meal provide the essential nutrients that enhance the plant’s resistance to diseases, pests, and other stress factors. By providing the required nutrients for optimal functioning, proper fertilisation can also enhance the plant’s feed conversion efficiency, allowing for more effective utilisation of nutrients.
So don’t underestimate the power of fertilising your hedges in keeping them healthy and resistant to common pests and diseases.