Fish Fertilizer 101: Why and How to Use It
I’m working with Central Garden and Pet on a sponsored campaign (full disclosure below) about gardening products that I already use. About 3 years ago, I started regularly applying Alaska Fish Fertilizer to my yard on the advice of Barrels and Branches, a fantastic nursery in Encinitas.
My plants were looking sluggish to the point where I was considering a pricey yard overhaul. After one application of fish fertilizer, my ginger plants started flowering again and things started perking up drastically.
9 Reasons To Use Fish Emulsion, Like Alaska Fish Fertilizer
- It’s an organic, liquid fertilizer that is safe to use around pets and kids.
- Fish emulsion is derived from unused fish parts that would otherwise be wasted, therefore, it’s eco-friendly.
- Fish emulsion can stink but deodorized versions, like Alaska, are available.
- It’s an all-purpose fertilizer that can be used on both outdoor and indoor house plants.
- Fish emulsion is mild and tends not to burn plants.
- An essential building block for healthy soil, naturally occurring soil microbes thrive and work their best in soil rich in organic matter.
- It’s easy to spray on your yard using a hose attachment.
- It works. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and you can check the reviews and ratings at online retailers like Home Depot.
- A gallon is only $12.88 at Home Depot.
How To Use Alaska Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1
It’s very easy. All you need is either a watering can or a hose with a dial and spray attachment. The amount of fish fertilizer to measure per gallon or quart of water is on the back of the Alaska Fish Fertilizer jug. I have the Alaska dial and spray attachment so follow the directions on it. Apply to the area you would like to cover.
In my experience, it’s hard to overdose on this product so I do just guess on occasion. When I’m using the hose, I make sure the soil is sufficiently moist but avoid puddling.
In a perfect world, I’d apply it once a month but realistically it’s once a quarter at the very most. Due to being extraordinarily busy over the last year, it has been 6 months between applications and things aren’t looking nearly as good as they should around here.
Plants That Always Improve
Everything does seem to perk up a few weeks to a month after an application but these are the plants that seem to benefit the most:
- Lady Palms (the fan palm above)
- Ornamental Grasses
Give Alaska Fish Fertilizer a try.
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