Why You Should Use Seaweed Fertilizer
Using seaweed fertilizer is not a new trend, and in fact there is a long history of coastal peoples using seaweed to fertilize their nearby farming lands.
Typically the seaweed that was washed up on shore was used, although there is evidence that some Scotland farmers would harvest fresh seaweed at low tide. In the UK the practice was to mix the collected seaweed and let it compost before harvesting it for fertilizer. Many costal farmers all over the world used seaweed as a source of fertilizer, including France, the Philippines and in Argentina.
Seaweed fertilizer functions as both a fertilizer and soil conditioner, and can be used on its own or included in other types of wholesale fertilizer.
You should use seaweed fertilizer for the following reasons:
- it improves aeration and soil structure, especially in clay soils
- it has good moisture retention properties
- it can produce higher yields
- it will increase uptake of soil nutrients
- it will increase resistance to pests, such as mites and aphids
- it improves seed germination
- and finally, it provides more resistance to frost.