Landscape Maintenance - Chemicals & Fertilizers
About Chemicals & Fertilizers
The Purpose of Chemicals and Fertilizers in Landscaping
Chemicals and fertilizers are commonly used throughout residential landscape nowadays for many beneficial reasons. Their purpose is to protect and keep healthy all plants, trees, shrubs, soils, flowers and hardscapes. Chemicals can be used to rid of harmful insects. Fertilizers can be used to help with flower, trees and plant growth whilst it helps soil retain and maintain its moisture. Chemicals and fertilizers can be implemented as part of all landscape maintenance.
Important Considerations When Using Landscape Chemicals
Each type of landscaping chemical has their own general purpose and use for a specified area or problem. When using chemicals in your landscape homeowners must ensure they follow all safety precautions because chemicals when not used correctly can harm the environment and destroy your landscaping. Chemicals and fertilizers which are not used properly, with the right equipment and in the appropriate areas can stream down into water supply and affect the homes water use.
Chemicals can also be harmful to flowers, trees and soil if too much of the chemical is applied. It will also result in your landscaping looking bear and ugly. All landscaping chemicals come with written instructions homeowners should always follow the guides and wear protective gear to ensure the chemical is used properly and you are safe.
Types of Chemicals Used In residential Landscaping
Landscape chemicals should be part of homeowner’s landscape maintenance tasks. They should only be used when completely necessary. Here is a list of commonly used types of chemicals which are used for landscaping purposes, which include fungicides and wetting agents:
- Algaecides- to remove bacteria from ponds, waterfalls, water gardens and pools.
- Fungicides- are used to treat affected plants, flowers and trees.
- Herbicides- are a harsh chemical, used to get rid off pest insects which attack crops, flowers and plants.
- Insecticides- very similar to an herbicide by deals with fly’s, mosquito's, spiders and cockroaches which attack residential gardens.
- Wetting Agents- used on water resistant soil, helps keep moist.
Attractive flowers, plants and trees are important components of landscape gardens. Help protect these areas with the use of herbicides and insecticides. Intended landscape maintenance and nurture is highly essential for keeping these components healthy and long lasting. One important landscape maintenance task is a well kept and executed fertilization program. A fertilization program is simply designed by homeowners realizing that some areas in their landscape need a little help to grow and stay healthy.
All fertilizers contain many nutritional qualities which are highly important for the well being of landscaping components like trees, grass and soils. Fertilization programs consist of a simple plan being drawn up of times and dates when the landscaping is being fertilized and when it may need it again. You should also include the type of fertilizer you use such as organic fertilizers or liquid organic fertilizers. Too much fertilization can be harmful to both plants and soil this is why a fertilization program is recommended.
Fertilizer is best and most affective when it is applied during the spring time. Spring weather is healthy, vibrant and important for all types of plants, trees and flowers especially those types which have been affected immensely by winter and autumn months.
Before applying fertilizer to your landscape you should conduct a soil and plant analysis to define which areas require it the most. General lawn fertilizers are great and affective in all areas of landscaping. Your plants and flowers will love the nutritional values in which it offers.