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Reviews of Top 10 Fertilizers, Plant Foods and Turf Builders
Reviews of Top 10 Fertilizers, Plant Foods and Turf Builders
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Non burning formula does not burn the lawn
  • Makes grass thick and green without excess growth
  • Doesn't contain any salts; Good for use in drought conditions
  • Slow-release fertilizer; Doesn't need to be watered-in
  • Lasts longer than ordinary lawn fertilizer; Keeps feeding for up to 10 weeks
  • Also works as repellent and deters rabbits and deer from eating plants
  • Very good price for the quantity and quality

    Cons

  • Has slight odor
Review Summary

The Milorganite  Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer is derived from heat-dried microbes that have digested the organic material in wastewater.  It is great for promoting healthy growth of lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers. The non burning formula doesn't have to be watered-in. It is fortified with 4% iron to help produce thick, green lawns without excessive growth. It doesn't contain any salts, so it is good for use in drought conditions. A 36 lb. bag covers about 2,500 sq. ft. to feed your lawn or garden for up to 10 weeks, so you don't have to constantly fertilize. Also this fertilizer stays in the root zone, avoiding groundwater or well contamination. Users like this fertilizer as it also works as repellent and deters rabbits and deer from eating plants.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Works for all flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and houseplants
  • Just need a tablespoon full in a bucket of water
  • Easy to use and mix in water
  • Feeds plants through both the roots and leaves
  • Water soluble and great for feeding both indoor and outdoor plants
  • Great price for a great product

    Cons

  • None
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Miracle-Gro 3001192 All Purpose Plant Food works for all flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and houseplants. You just need to add a tablespoon of this water soluble plant food in the watering bucket for amazing results in the growth in your plants. It has dual feeding action as it feeds through both the roots and leaves.  This plant food is easy to mix in water and use. Users find this plant fertilizer a good value for money.

Overall, the Miracle-Gro 3001192 All Purpose Plant Food is great product for making your plants healthy and grow better. With Miracle-Gro 3001192 All Purpose Plant Food, you don’t have to be a great gardener to love the beauty of a lush, colorful garden.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Great fertilizer; Use during autumn to protect your lawn throughout the winter
  • Not much watering needed; Improves lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients
  • Easy to apply; Really activates the root system
  • Prevents weeds
  • Slow-release formula lasts 6 weeks; Good seasonal treatment for lawns
  • This turf builder gives consistent quality results
  • Sweeps easily off sidewalks and does not stain concrete

    Cons

  • None
Review Summary

The Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Fertilizer (Model: 38605A) is meant for using during autumn to protect your lawn throughout the winter. This easy to apply fertilizer is kid- and pet friendly and protects and strengthens your lawn for healthy results in the spring. The product is formulated so that every granule delivers all the necessary nutrients. It builds strong, deep grass roots for a better lawn next spring. The Water Smart design enables grass to absorb water easily as well as nutrients for excellent results. This fertilizer also replenish the nutrients lost in the harsh summer months. One bag covers about 5,000 sq. ft. and the slow-release formula lasts 6 weeks while preventing growth of weeds. Users are happy with the consistent quality results from this turf builder from Scotts.

Overall, the Scotts Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Lawn Fertilizer is highly rated and recommended by users as a seasonal treatment and feeding of lawns. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Very well balanced organic fertilizer
  • Its usage gives healthier, stronger and more colorful flowers and foliage
  • Fast, easy and convenient way to fertilize plants
  • Great for tomatoes, roses, pepper, basil, greens, parsley, cucumbers etc.
  • A perfect blend of fish hydrolysate and seaweed
  • Long shelf life and comes in different size packaging
  • Great deal for the price and quantity

    Cons

  • None
Review Summary

The Neptune's Harvest Organic Hydrolized Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer gives you the best of both products with a perfect blend of fish hydrolysate and seaweed, ensuring a complete fertilization program. Users using Neptune's fish/seaweed blend fertilizer on a regular basis have reported increased marketable yields and improved shelf life on fruits and vegetables. Fish and Seaweed are known to build the natural sugar in plants resulting in stronger and more colorful flowers and foliage. This fertilizer makes the blooms more plentiful, fragrant and longer lasting. This is a very well balanced organic fertilizer which is fast, easy and convenient to use. This organic blend fertilizer is great for all kind of plants including tomatoes, roses, pepper, basil, greens, parsley, cucumbers etc. Users find this to be a great deal for the price and quantity.

Overall, the Neptune's Harvest Organic Hydrolized Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer is highly rated and recommended by users for the results it produces in their gardens, lawns and farms.

Directions for using Fish, Blend and Seaweed Liquids:

    Prepare for one application only.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Very effective plant food for indoor and outdoor plants
  • Easy to use and mix in water
  • Dropper is very handy and easy to measure
  • Provides a perfect mix of nutrients
  • Takes only few drops for amazing results; Lasts long time
  • Excellent for transplanting, repotting and rooting
  • Inexpensive

    Cons

  • Need better packaging while shipping
Review Summary

The Schultz All Purpose Plant Food Plus 10-15-10 feeds both indoor and outdoor plants. Mother Nature feeds plants every time it rains, which dissolves nutrients and distributes them evenly to all plants. Schultz Liquid Plant Food Plus does the same thing. The plant food instantly provides vital micronutrients every time you water.  This plant food has the famous 7 drops formula, where just 7 drops per quart of water feeds everything you grow. It is excellent when transplanting, repotting and rooting. Users love the easy to use and measure dropper.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Lasts long and fertilizes the plants for several months
  • No need to mix anything and no need to remember to fertilize
  • Very easy to use fertilizer; Easy to store
  • Nutrients feed at the roots with no danger of overfeeding
  • No wasteful chemical run off with water
  • Good for aquarium plants too
  • Inexpensive and good product

    Cons

  • Did not work well in some cases
Review Summary

The Jobe's 5001T Houseplant Indoor Fertilizer Food Spikes help in keeping your houseplants healthy and fertilized very easily. Spikes provide a continuous supply of important nutrients right at the roots, where plants need it most. The premeasured, specially formulated spikes are simply inserted into the soil around your plant. Unlike liquids or granular, Jobes Houseplant Spikes eliminate mess, hazards and smells and cant wash through when you water to save chemical runoff. It can feed roots for up to 60 days and you don't have to worry about mixing fertilizers in water or remembering to fertilize. These spikes are very easy to use and store. Some users find these good for aquarium plants too.

Overall, the Jobe's 5001T Houseplant Indoor Fertilizer Food Spikes are very inexpensive and good product for fertilizing your plants.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Works really well for indoor plants and potted outdoor plants
  • Fertilizes for up to 2 months and kills insects too
  • Easy to use
  • Helps clearing mealy bug infestation
  • Wipes out the white flies, scale and various other bugs
  • Comes with free applicator for easy insertion at plant roots

    Cons

  • Some users report that it does not help much with bugs
Review Summary

The Bayer 701710A 2-in-1 Insect Protection with Fertilizer Plant Spikes fertilizes plants for up to 8 weeks and also protect them against some insects and bugs.  It does not need any spraying and comes with a free applicator that easily inserts spikes right at plant roots. This product works well for potted plants - indoors or outdoors and kills insects such as Aphids, Leafhoppers, Mealybugs, Plant bugs, Scales, Thrips and Whiteflies. The active Ingredients is Imidacloprid 2.5% which is known to break breeding cycle of gnats.  A pack of these easy-to-use 10 Spikes can treat 10 five-inch potted plants.

However, many user reviews mention that this product works as fertilizer but may not do a good job of killing plant insects.

Overall, the Bayer 701710A 2-in-1 Insect Protection with Fertilizer Plant Spikes get mixed reviews from users. Many users highly recommend it and a few were disappointed that it did not help much with insects. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Good fertilizer with weed control
  • Lawn looks beautiful after applying this turf builder
  • Builds thick, green turf from the roots up
  • Kills dandelions, clover, chickweed and other non-grassy weeds
  • Slow-release formula ensures extended feeding
  • Improves lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients
  • Good value for money

    Cons

  • In some cases, burnt the grass and made brown spots
  • Little expensive
Review Summary

The Scotts Turf Builder Fertilizer with Plus 2 Weed Control  (Model: 31805) provides 5,000 SqFt. of  coverage to get a lush green lawn. This is a good fertilizer and helps in weed control by killing dandelions and other major lawn weeds like chickweed and other non-grassy weeds. This fertilizer can help in building thick, green turf from the roots up without burning your lawn. Its slow-release formula ensures extended feeding and improves lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients.

However, there are some disappointed users of this product. In some cases, it burnt the grass and made brown spots on lawns. Some users also reported that instead of killing weeds, it helps them grow.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Makes air plants have a brighter color
  • Helps plant grow healthier and quicker
  • Convenient and easy to use; Already mixed
  • Needs to be added just once a month to weekly watering
  • Safe product
  • Comes in compact. easy to use dispenser
  • Works well with most air plants

    Cons

  • Little expensive
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The Hinterland Trading Air Plants Fertilizer is a premium quality Tillandsia air plant food. It is meant for using just once a month with watering for showy flowers in branched leaf clusters and handsomely marked flower clusters.  It makes air plants have a brighter color, healthier looks and fast growth. This plant food come pre-mixed in a easy to spray compact bottle. It is very convenient and easy to use.

However, it is a little expensive product but lasts long as it takes very small quantity with every use.

Overall, the Hinterland Trading Air Plant Tillandsia Food Air Plants Fertilizer is a wonderful and safe product for air plants. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • This fertilizer really works great
  • Makes grass healthy green color
  • Works well on Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass
  • Has 5.75 % iron that supplements the lawn
  • Feed the grass to make it more plush
  • Retains moisture and keeps lawn healthy
  • Has essential nutrients for deeper greening in short period of time

    Cons

  • Leaves permanent rust stains on concrete
  • It may clump in the broadcast spreader
Review Summary

The Scotts Green MAX Southern Lawn Fertilizer provides an unique dual action 2-in-1 formula of lawn food plus iron to feed your lawn. It contains 5.75% iron, an essential micro-nutrient that enhances the natural greening process, so your lawn gets greener, faster. This kid and pet friendly fertilizer works great and makes grass plush and healthy green color. It retains the moisture and has essential nutrients for deeper greening in short period of time.

However, many user reviews complain that this lawn fertilizer leaves permanent rust stains on concrete so you have to clean it very carefully from concrete surfaces before it comes in contact with water. Also, it may clump in the broadcast spreader easily to you may need a wider opening for spreading this lawn food.

Overall, the Scotts Green MAX Southern Lawn Fertilizer is liked and used by many avid gardeners and home owners with lawns.

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