Fertiliser Tips

How can I buy fertiliser and have a guarantee that I'm actually getting what I'm paying for?

One way of doing this is to select products that are Fertmark registered. Here is an explanation of the Fertmark programme on the NZ Fertiliser Association website:
The Fertmark programme was established in 1992 to give New Zealand farmers confidence in the quality of fertilisers and associated advertising.

It now includes the requirements of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act that fertilisers are supplied in such a way as to minimise risks to food safety and animal welfare.

The Fertmark Code of Practice relates to all fertilisers sold under the Fertmark programme.

Farmers can be confident that fertilisers supplied from Fertmark registered companies meet the claimed nutrient content and, if used properly, do not pose hazards to food safety or animal welfare.

Fertmark provides quality assurance on claimed nutrient content to farmers purchasing fertiliser, with Fertmark certified products displaying a green tick.

To ensure ongoing product consistency, regular product samples are analysed, and procedures and results are subject to external, independent audit.


Our Prilled Fertiliser Products Do Not Need Rain in Order to Start Working

Some chemical fertilisers need rain in order to break down and start working, however our prilled fertiliser products (such as Guano Phosphate Fertiliser, MiSK 3 in 1 Natural Fertiliser, Prilled Lime and Prilled MagLime) don't.

Now that we are into the Autumn season we are getting quite heavy dews each morning and this is enough to start breaking down these prilled products.

So get in quick before the spreading companies get busy and get your fertiliser on now!

Please contact us for a quote.


How to Recognise Nutrient Deficiencies in Soil

Here are a few tips on signs of different nutrient deficiencies in soil.

If soil is (very) deficient in:

  • CALCIUM: Animal dung does not break down.
  • PHOSPHORUS: Grass is unpalatable. Clover grows stronger out of dung patches. Reddish purple leaves. Mushrooms indicate low Phosphate levels.
  • MAGNESIUM: Yellowing of leaves between the veins. Grass staggers and sometimes sudden death (made worse by low calcium levels in the soil).
  • POTASSIUM: Strong clover growth in urine patches. Yellow tips of older leaves. White dots on edge of white clover leaves. Large proportion of plantain and dandelion in sward.
  • SULPHUR: Grass growing in urine patches is of a deeper green colour. Sheep shed wool.

We can supply two products to correct the above deficiencies... Guano Phosphate Fertiliser for Calcium and Phosphorous deficiencies and ViaMSK 3 in 1 Natural Fertiliser for Magnesium, Sulphur and Potassium deficiencies.