Crushed fruit tree spikes

blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)April 26, 2012

Hello. When I first started growing I bought a bunch of tree spike fertilizer. Well I still have them and they are great for nutrients and micro nutrients. My question is, could I crush them real fine and use them in the topsoil with my mulch under my pine chips? I assume they would still be slow release? I could even crush them up a little course as to let them slow release the nutrients into the soil? Would this be OK?

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wizzard419

If you were to crush them up, you would increase their decay rate which would put the nutrients into the soil faster. So that might be bad if things go toxic.

It's like crushing up a pill, when it takes less work/time to break it down it goes to work that much faster.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 8:47PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Ahh so you know about crushing up the pills huh??...hehehe;-)

Yeah I kinda thought that as well. I guess I can try it out at half strength with it not crushed up so much and see what happens.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 8:51PM
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calliope(6)

It just doesn't work that way, you can't crush them up a 'little' and expect it to be half strength. You won't know what strength you're getting. Always, always too little fertiliser is safer than too much.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 11:58PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

By "Half strength" I meant half the spike. And by "not crushed up as much" I meant not crushed as fine so it wont "melt" as quick.

Not "crushed up" so it would act as half strength...lol

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 12:13AM
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wizzard419

Indeed, that's how you get to the top at work, spike the water cooler.

Anyway, when crushing up time release things the increased surface area rapidly deminishes the time for full dispersal. So, theoretically, if you wanted to megadose some soil a while before planting you could do that.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 6:17PM
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