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What's the difference between starter fertilizer and just plain fertilizer?

What's the difference between starter fertilizer and just plain fertilizer?

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Old 06-12-17, 01:07 PM
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What's the difference between starter fertilizer and just plain fertilizer?

I'm wondering if someone can tell me the difference between starter fertilizer and "regular" fertilizer. Would regular fertilizer "burn" new seedlings or something?

Also, are there chemicals in things like "Scott's fertilizer" other than nitrogen, phosphorus, etc?

Basically, I mean what's the difference between something like say Scott's fertilizer and organic fertilizer?
 
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Old 06-12-17, 01:14 PM
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Starter fertilizer is generally just nitrogen, no phosphorus or potassium.
 
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Old 06-12-17, 01:28 PM
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Yes, the ratio of fertilizers in regular fertilizer can burn new seedlings. Warnings like that are usually printed right on the package.
 
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Look at the numbers for the fertilizer you are considering. I have normal and starter fertilizers with exactly the same nutrients. The only difference is the starter fertilizer has a very fine particle size where regular fertilizer has larger pellets. I assume the finer particles allow a more even distribution and less risk of a pellet of nitrogen sitting right next to a new sprout and burning it.
 
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Lawn starter fertilizer is something like 0-10-10 so as not to burn newly sprouted seed and promote stem and root growth. 10-10-10 is used prior to laying down sod.
 
 

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