Fertilize Boxwoods With Miracle Gro!
What Is Miracle Gro?
Miracle-Gro® is a patented blend of two natural ingredients: pine needles and grape seeds. The combination of these two ingredients creates a product that provides superior soil protection while improving plant growth rates and quality. The result is increased yields with less labor, reduced water use, no insect or disease problems, and improved taste. (Source)
How Does Miracle-Gro Work?
The secret ingredient in Miracle-Gro® is pumice, which when mixed with the other ingredients, forms a porous structure that traps moisture and prevents it from evaporating off the surface of the soil. This allows air to circulate around the roots of plants and promotes healthy root development. (Source)
Benefits Of Using Miracle-Gro® For Boxwood Trees And Shrubs?
1. Increases Plant Growth Rates
2. Improves Quality Of Life For Plants
3. Reduces Water Use By Up To 50%
4. Protects Trunks From Cuts, Scratches, And Bruises
5. Promotes Flowering And Reproduction In All Plant Life
6. Increases Yields With Less Labor, Reduced Water Use, No Insect Or Disease Problems, And Improved Taste
Using Miracle-Gro® Is Easy!
Follow The Instructions On The Back Of The Bag. If You’re Using The Liquid Form Of The Product Simply Add It To Water Before Fertilizing. For The Tablets And Powdered Form, Add To Soil When Preparing Pots Or When Transplanting.
The Product Is Sold At Most Garden Centers Across North America. (Source)
Is Miracle-Gro Good For Boxwoods?
Miracle-Gro is a brand of gardening products that help plants and trees grow. They are sold in most garden centers across North America. While the have been around for many decades, they are still a popular choice amongst gardeners. If you are looking for a product that will help your plants grow, the first step is to determine what type of soil you have in your yard or garden. This will help you to choose the right type of soil for your needs. (Source)
Are There Any Negative Aspects To Using Miracle-Gro?
Research has been done on the use of miracle-gro and none have come back with any negative effects. This is because it is made from natural ingredients that have been used for many decades. The main ingredient being pine needles which are known to be rich in nitrogen. This is naturally absorbed into the soil to help feed your plants. (Source)
What Are The Different Types Of Fertilizer From The Miracle-Gro Company?
The different types of fertilizer sold by the company can be identified by the numbers on the packaging. There is nothing more confusing than fertilizer if you are new to the game. Here is a quick run down on what the numbers mean and which is best for your plants:
• 5-5-5 – This means that the fertilizer has equal amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. It is a general purpose fertilizer that can be used on all plants.
• 10-10-10 – This type has twice as much of each element as the number 5 fertilizer. It is more powerful but should only be used on a few types of plants. These are usually plants that are immature or haven’t yet taken root in the ground.
• 30-14-14 – This is a high nitrogen fertilizer and is mostly used for lawns and so can be used on any type of plant as long as it is in a large area of land.
The numbers can be confusing, especially the difference between the 5 and 10 types. The easiest way to look at this is that the numbers are the % of each element in the bag. The higher the number, the more of that element is in the fertilizer.
For most home owner needs, a 5-5-5 or a 10-10-10 will work just fine. (Source)
Having a green thumb doesn’t always come naturally to everyone, but with a little know how and some practice even the worst gardeners can have success with growing plants and flowers. With the wide selection of types of plants and flowers available at your local garden center, the choices can be almost overwhelming.
Let’s begin with a few definitions.
Soil – a mixture of sand, clay, decayed organic matter (humus), and small pieces of rock, which allows for good drainage and absorption of water by plants.
Compost – decomposed organic matter (leaves, grass, straw, manure, etc.); replenishes organic matter in the soil and aids in drainage.
Fertilizer – natural or chemical substances added to soil to supply nutrients otherwise not available. There are two classifications: organic (animal manure) and inorganic (chemically manufactured).
Liquid Fertilizer – natural or chemical substance added to water for roots to absorb, supply nutrients.
Organic Fertilizer – manufactured using organic materials (animal manure, sludge, etc.); supplies nutrients as well as replenishes the organic matter in soil.
Inorganic Fertilizer – manufactured using inorganic materials (rock, salt, etc.); does not supply organic matter to soil.
There are many types and brands of each of these fertilizers. Your garden center will have many to choose from. To choose the best fertilizer(s) for your garden, consider:
How much will you need to spend?
How often will you need to apply it?
What is the soil like in your garden?
(sand, clay, etc.)
What kind of plants will you be growing? (vegetables, flowers, grass, trees?
Most vegetable gardens need more nitrogen. Many flowers need more phosphorus and most lawns need more potassium. (More isn’t always better!)
A soil test will determine what your soil is lacking, if anything. Your Cooperative Extension Agent can advise you on this. DO NOT guess!
You will either over-fertilize, under-fertilize or not fertilize at all if you don’t know what is needed for your garden soil.
Some organic fertilizers are okay to use in the vegetable garden, but it is best to keep those to a minimum as well. (Some can be toxic if used in excess or if a large amount is washed off when it rains.)
Amend the soil before planting. Spread the fertilizer before you dig the holes for the plants. (It is easier to do this before you plant than after.)
Test your soil every three years or so to see if it needs more fertilizer.
This will depend on what kind of plants you are growing and how big your garden is. It can range anywhere from once a month to once a year. (Once again, over-fertilizing can be as detrimental as not fertilizing at all!)
Manufacturers know what they are doing. They make different formulas for different kinds of plants (vegetables, trees, flowers, lawns, etc.) Follow their recommendations.
DO NOT guess.
Follow the directions on the package for the size of area you are treating. Be careful not to over-treat.
Try to keep the fertilizer (inorganic and organic) off the roots of your plants; it can burn them.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself!
If you need more information or help, call the Cooperative Extension Office in your county.
Professionals can advise you on any question you have about gardening.
The staff is highly trained and there to help every county resident with any question they might have.
No question is a dumb one.
You will learn something.
Call your local Cooperative Extension Office today!
Remember: “Without land, we all are landless peasants.”
Make the land work for you.
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Care of ornamental plants in the landscape by GL Wade, B Sparks – 2009 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
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SECTION 3 FIELD PRODUCTION by K Tilt – sna.org
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat by RR Clausen – 2011 – books.google.com
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Insects on trees and shrubs around the home by R Kourik – 2008 – Permanent Publications