User beware with magical gardening products

Consider Your Options While its fun to experiment with some of the new gizmos and gadgets as your budget allows, I urge you to think twice before buying fertilizers and pest control products.

Different Needs

Fertilizers and pest controls can be useful tools but you really need to think about what youre trying to accomplish before making a purchase. Different crops have different fertilizer needs and timing requirements (lawns compared with a vegetable garden, for instance) and its important to know the needs of your particular crop or plant.

One of the classic examples is with home lawn care. Various companies have come up with programs of easy steps for you to follow. Its tempting to buy into the whole program which includes fertilizers, weed killers and insecticides whether or not you actually need to use all those products. Unfortunately, its often cheaper to buy the whole set of products rather than to buy individually the few you may actually need.

Weed Killers

When it comes to weed killers, why use them if you dont have a weed problem? And if you do have a weed problem, stop and determine what type of weed you have and then decide what course of action is the best one for you to take. Different weeds such as crabgrass and dandelions are managed quite differently from each other and there may be some things you can do without pesticides that will reduce the pressure from the weeds.


Most lawns benefit from nitrogen fertilizer. When applied at the proper rates and times nitrogen fertilizer can be an environmentally friendly way to manage your lawn and prevent many problems. The fertilizers in the step programs usually have another product mixed with them, such as a weed killer or insecticide. Why put that extra poison down if its not even necessary?

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