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A common question that many homeowners ask Tree Service in San Jose is: “Which type of fertilizer should I use?” The answer is simple: whichever one works best for your needs. While there are many types available, it’s important to understand how each one works before making a decision about which one will work best for your lawn or garden. So let’s explore the difference between slow-release and fast-release fertilizers so that when you go shopping next time around, you’ll know what questions to ask if you want fast results.

The difference between slow-release and fast-release fertilizer

The difference between slow-release and fast-release fertilizer is that slow-release stays in the soil longer, while fast-release is absorbed quicker. Slow-release fertilizers remain in your soil for up to a year at a time; however, they can be applied more frequently. On the other hand, fast release depends on what type of plant you are growing because each plant has different needs depending on its growth rate and requirements.

Each has specific uses and benefits depending on your needs

● Slow-release fertilizers are more effective at growing plants. They contain ingredients that slowly release nutrients over time, so you don’t have to apply them as often. This allows the plant to use up all its nutrients at once and then stop using them until it needs more.

● Fast-release fertilizers are better for lawns because they provide nutrients in a more concentrated form (i.e., they’ve been soaked into the soil), but they also need reapplying more frequently due to their high moisture content.

● Slow-release fertilizers only last for a short period of time–usually six months to one year–and need to be replaced frequently. Fast-release fertilizers can last between 3 and 6 months, but they’re also more expensive than slow-release versions.

People who reside in wet area and have plants

If you live in a wet area or have plants that require frequent watering, slow-release fertilizers may be a better option for you because they don’t wash out of the soil as quickly as fast-release fertilizers do. Slow-release fertilizers are also more expensive than fast-release ones and require less work on your part to apply them correctly.

Slow-release fertilizer during the growing season

Slow-release fertilizers are best applied during the growing season, which means spring for most people. Fast release fertilizers work well when you need to apply them right away, like right after planting your seedlings or following a big rainstorm.

If you live in a warmer climate

Fast-release fertilizers are best for plants that need to grow quickly and don’t have much time between watering or planting and harvest. They also work well with low-maintenance crops like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers that can be planted anytime of year and then harvested at any time during their growing season (which lasts about 70 days).

Slow-release fertilizers are best for plants that need to grow slowly—for example: annual flowers such as roses; perennial perennials like coneflowers or peonies; trees such as camellias; shrubs like azaleas; vines like grapes