Well, not really. Most fertilizer you use around your home or commercial property doesn't smell that bad. Well, it doesn't have to. Unlike the kind of stuff you'd find in large fields supporting cows and what not, lawn fertilizer tends to be decomposed plant material, not poop from a bovine or equine. Well, I guess anything that's dead and lying out in the sun probably does smell. Anyway....
There are many types of fertilizer, and they all contain different minerals that are essential to maintaining healthy soil for the optimum plant growth. There are liquid fertilizers, which are absorbed quickly, which is good because they are fast-acting. The problem is that they need to be applied every few weeks, which is why maintenance services that we provide are very helpful to someone who loves to have a beautiful lawn, but is busy with other things they might consider a higher priority in life...but what's more important than a beautiful lawn?? The kids will tuck themselves in at night.
Jokes aside, it's a lot of work. There are automated mechanical spreaders and shakers which release granular fertilizers, which are dry grains that dissolve with water. The quick-release variety provide plants with the water-soluble nitrogen mineral very quickly, and that lasts 3 to 4 weeks. The slow-release fertilizers also have sulfur-coating, which allows them to last about 8 weeks, or polymer-coated which can extend that to up to 12 weeks. All these times, of course, depend upon climate changes such as rainfall.
There are also plant food spikes, which regulate the amount of fertilizer fed into houseplants, and some shrubs and trees.
The main nutrients, or macronutrients, found in fertilizer are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These are good for plant growth, root growth, and root development that aids in drought resistance and disease (benefits labeled in respect to the order of the elements). Other nutrients include calcium, carbon, hydrogen, magnesium, oxygen, and sulfur, but those can be obtained mostly from the soil or air. And the less necessary, but still important, micronutrients (only needing small amounts), include cobalt, copper, maganese, iron, boron, nickel, zinc, and even molybdenum.
There are also more organic forms of fertilizer, such as compost, composted manure, peat moss, and then using animal by products such as fish emulsion, bone meal, and dried blood meal, which is very high in phosphorus. Probably keep the blood meal in your backyard, off in a corner of the garden... might scare the kids if you tell them you sprinkle blood on the garden tomatoes.
For assistance with your specialized fertilization needs (because fertilizer is a serious duty), give us a call at 657-201-5786. We'd be more than happy to help.