Liquid vs. Granular fertilizer : Which Should You use?

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Fertilizers are the best medium of enriching the soil with essential nutrients required by the Bermuda grass and other greens in your lawn. Using fertilizer factors out the possibility of plants losing out on necessary nutrients for their growth and maintaining health.

That said, there are two forms of fertilizer available in the market, liquid and granular. The lawn-keeping community is divided between the two, with some preferring one over the other. But what’s the truth; which one is better?

Liquid fertilizer

This watery form of fertilizer can be applied to the grass with the help of a sprayer. Proper distribution and ground coverage is not something of a concern when using this fertilizer form. Liquid fertilizers ensure a uniform spread of the nutrients over the applied area. Moreover, this liquid form helps in faster absorption of nutrients by the soil and further, by the grass. Hence, there's no concern about watering the lawn or having rain for it to work. This characteristic also makes these fertilizers suitable for dry weather with a low supply of water for the grass.

Granular fertilizer

Granular fertilizers come in the form of small pellets or granules. This form of fertilizer is coarser than any powder and requires the use of a spreader for their application. For small lawns, you can use a handheld spreader. Though for large ones, you will need a wheeled spreader. Granular fertilizers are slow-acting. Meaning, they release nutrients at a lower rate to that of their liquid counterparts. You need to water the grass or need rain for this fertilizer to be effective. Because of their solid form, granular fertilizers do not ensure proper nutrient distribution or ground coverage. Thus, there’s the risk of some of the grass not getting enough of the nutrients from the fertilizer, leading to bad grass patches over the garden.

What should I use – liquid or granular

Though both forms of fertilizers serve the same purpose, their effectiveness differs.

Liquids ensure a proper nutrient spread along with the required ground coverage. But, they have a low active period and will require frequent application to assure appropriate nutrient supply to the grass and plants. Granulars, on the other hand, have a longer life due to their slow nutrient releasing tendency. But despite their long life, they do not ensure uniform nutrient distribution for the greens. Also, they require moisture for effective nutrient transfer to the soil and then to the grass; meaning there’s the additional task of watering the soil. You don’t have to be concerned about this aspect with liquid fertilizers.

The best one among the two you ask?

There’s none. We recommend that you use a 50:50 mixture of liquid and granular for your lawn. Doing so, ensure proper nutrient spread (in liquid form) with ample reserve for future (in granules).

However, if you want to use only a single form, follow these pointers.

If you are not into frequent lawn maintenance and work on your lawn once in a while, use the granular fertilizer.

However, if you regularly (say twice a week) work on your lawn, we recommend you use liquid fertilizer.

This article was a comparison between the two forms of fertilizer available in the market, stating their pros and cons. Do leave comments and queries if any below.

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