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The need to fertilise
In a closed ecosystem, where there are no external influences, nutrients stay in balance. Animals eat grass, lessening the nutrients in the soil but when they die they decompose and replenish the soil again with those nutrients. This is just one simple natural cycle.
The need for fertiliser arises when there are external influences – namely agriculture. A farmer will send their stock away to be eaten, or they may irrigate faster than the soil’s ability to hold nutrients and leaching will occur. This is why it is essential to fertilise. The benefits go beyond just quantity of pasture or orchard growth, it will mean healthier livestock and, depending on the fertiliser, an increase in the soil’s ability to hold nutrients.
Choosing the right fertiliser
The fertiliser industry would like you to think that you can put any fertiliser on the ground and it will benefit your vegetation, especially when it comes to pasture. However there is no simple “one size fits all”.
In some cases applying more fertiliser can be detrimental to your vegetation, as it could trigger responses in the vegetation that are not beneficial to the seasons, or may increase an element to a dangerous level. Some fertilisers break down too quickly and are consumed or leached before they will have the best impact. It is important to educate yourself on how different fertilisers interacts with your own farm, using your experience and common sense before accepting a salesman’s recommendations.