Liquid and granular fertilizers serve different purposes, and knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each option will help you make informed decisions for your lawn. 

Granular Fertilizer


This is sold in little granules that resemble small pellets and is ideal for situations that require traditional slow-release formulations. Granular fertilizer is always absorbed at a slower rate because the soil and plants first have to break it down. Granular fertilizers also cost less than liquid fertilizers when purchased in bulk, and this can be a great option for homeowners who are used to using traditional bags of fertilizer and are happy with the results. Application is generally done by hand or with the use of a broadcast or drop spreader for lawns and gardens.


Its application consistency is sometimes considered a disadvantage when compared to liquid fertilizer. Granular fertilizer contains a mix of different granules for each nutrient included in the package, and when spreading it out on your lawn plants, they may not receive the same amount of nutrients in every location. 

Additionally, granular fertilizers tend to come in heavy bags that can be very hard to lift, whereas liquid fertilizer comes in small bottles, which is a lot more convenient. All you have to do is hook up your garden hose for application or mix it with water in a spray tank. Finally, immobile nutrients like phosphorus, for example, are hard to transport throughout the plant when the fertilizer is not in liquid form. 

Liquid Fertilizer


This product is a more concentrated form of granular fertilizer and contains more nutrients, and is usually sold in bottles that attach to the end of your garden hose. Its use is as simple as watering your lawn on a normal basis, and you just attach it to the end of your garden hose, which will allow for an even spray distribution. Additionally, liquid fertilizer will allow you to deliver the same amount of nutrients with every drop. 

Nutrients are nano-sized, which means they will be quickly and easily absorbed by the plant as fewer nutrients will sit on the ground, and more will be absorbed right into the plant. Liquid fertilizers also have less salt content when compared to granular fertilizers, and this is why they tend to be better for starter fertilizers.


Its price is the one disadvantage, as liquid fertilizers can be more expensive than granular fertilizers. They are also more susceptible to volatilization. 

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Do you want a lush garden that is both beautiful and healthy? Fertilizer can help, and Fabian Seed Farms has everything you need for your garden. We will discuss whether liquid or granular fertilizer is better for your needs, and you can contact us at any time to learn more about our products! Call 403-633-9999.