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A heavy hand with fertilizer can kill a lawn.

Did you know that fertilizer can be toxic to plants?

It must be diluted correctly, mixed with soil or applied only on the surface of the soil (where it will be diluted by rain or watering) to be safe for living plants.

Roots that directly touch any concentrated fertilizer will be killed… and when too many roots die, the rest of the plant soon follows.

Always, always, always read the label fertilizer… and yes, that even applies to organic fertilizer! Then either apply it at the recommended rate, or dilute it further before application.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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