Fertiliser and Compost — What Exactly is the Difference?

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Are you new to gardening? If so, you may not have known that there’s a difference between compost and fertiliser. There is a difference, and there are different and great benefits to both items. But what do fertilisers and composts do? And should you use both of them, or just one or the other? In this article, Compost Direct, a compost and topsoil specialist, will help you to understand these items and just how to use them correctly to benefit your garden the most.

So, What Is the Difference Between Fertilisers and Composts?

Basically, fertilisers feeds the plants in your garden, while the compost feeds the soil. However, it’s a little more complicated than that. That being said, this is still a good and basic rule to follow, especially if you’re still learning about how to maintain your garden.

Compost works with your soil, and helps to improve the soil’s ability to retain water. This will help you bring life to your plants, as water is essential to them thriving.

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Fertiliser, on the other hand, works with the plants. It helps to provide your plants with the nutrients your plants need to grow and thrive. They especially work with fast-growing plants. However, you need to make sure you choose the correct fertiliser so that you don’t disrupt your soils natural chemistry. This can wind up harming your plants in the long run, especially if you choose a chemical fertiliser.

So, Can You Use Both Fertiliser and Compost Together?

You can! Despite the fact that they serve different purposes, and add different benefits to your garden, you can use the two items together.  As stated before, the compost helps store the water, but it also helps store the fertiliser that helps feed your plants the nutrients they need to grow.

How Often Should You Use Fertiliser?

A constant use of fertiliser may cause an imbalance in your soil. This would make it difficult to grow new plants in the future. So what should you do? Try using an organic fertiliser rather than a chemical one, for starters. Secondly, use them on a short-term basis. You should be able to see differences to your plants in just a few short months of using a fertiliser/comport mix, so you might be able to stop using your fertiliser sooner than you may realize.

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