What is Chemical Fertilizer?
Fertilizer is an essential component to modern day agriculture. Traditionally, organic types of fertilizer were used to help plants grow, but now they have chemical fertilizer. Chemical fertilizer is used on a much larger scale and is slightly different than organic fertilizer.
According to Buzzle.com, “A chemical fertilizer is synthetically prepared to include the vital nutrients that are necessary for the plant growth process. All chemical fertilizers contain the normal [nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium] requirement and any other nutrients as required.” Chemical fertilizers goal is to try to copy the plants nutrients by making these nutrients out of inorganic materials. While on the other hand, organic fertilizers don’t come out of labs and don’t contain inorganic materials.
These kinds of fertilizers aren’t natural/ organic what so ever and are considered artificial fertilizers sometimes. Chemical fertilizers contain a lot of different kinds of acids. This increases the acidity of the soil, then. Normally, the plant’s soil contains enough nitrogen- fixing bacteria to supply the plants with its essential growing needs. On the other hand, if chemical fertilizers are continued to be out into the soil of plants, it can harm the soil and break down the nitrogen- fixing bacteria necessary for a plant. This can affect the plant’s growth and health. Organic fertilizers increase the plants growth and health, but not from synthetic materials. Also, organic fertilizers don’t take away from the plant, only add to it.
If you want your lawn or garden to look nice, quick, it would be helpful to use a chemical fertilizer though. The reason is because chemical fertilizers work much faster than your typical organic fertilizer. It can also make your plants look nicer than if you used an organic fertilizer.
Though, those things that were just mentioned in the previous paragraph sounded nice, chemical fertilizer can have a very bad impact on your plants, too. People tend to put too much fertilizer on their plants and this can cause the plant’s roots to decay because they can’t catch up with the fast growing plant. Also, the chemicals in the fertilizer can break down the organic matter originally found in the plant. This will make the soil weaker and then the soil won’t be able to hold as much water. This causes people to pile more fertilizers on their plants which won’t help the plants at all in the long run.
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