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Fertilize appropriately graphic Fertilize AppropriatelyFertilizers encourage plants to grow faster and greener or develop more blooms and fruit. Fertilizing can be done by applying composted organic material, packaged fertilizer or a specific mineral, such as iron.

Fertilize lawns, trees and plants only to maintain health. Over fertilizing lawns aggravates pest problems and stimulates excessive growth. Under-fertilizing lawns may lead to thin grass or weeds. When excessive fertilizer is applied, it can leach past the root zone and into the groundwater, the source of our drinking water. Excessive fertilizer application also contributes to pollution in Florida's springs, rivers, streams, lakes and bays.

Follow these tips to learn how to use fertilizers appropriately.

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