Fertilizers Question

Why do so many Fertilizers say to water after you spread Fertilizer ? What happens if you don't water or have rain after you Fertilizer ?
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1. The nitrogen component will go into the air, if not leached into the soil. 2. A concentrate like the typical lawn fertilizer will burn the grass unlees diluted with water and wash into the root zone.
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To move the nutrients into the soil where the roots can absorb them and to insure there is sufficient water so that the fertilizer doesn't damage the plant.
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It is good, and labor-saving, and money-saving, practice to time your fertilization when rain is in the forecast.
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On Thu, 4 May 2006 08:02:17 -0400, "Keith Corwell"

Watering in activates the fertilizer. Also, it helps prevent burning the plant. I prefer to fertilize (especially a lawn) when the ground is damp from a recent rain. When using organic fertilizers, burning is much less of an issue.
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wrote:

when using an organic fertiliser like blood and bone you have to water it in, or best apply just before some decent rain, to avoid feeding the family dogs and cats.
rob
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