What can I do with very old Fertilizer?

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  1. Donna S

    Donna S Hardy Maple

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    Just found a bag of 20-20-20 fertilizer in hubbys shed. It's hard as concrete and very old. If I break it up can I use it in my compost barrel? If not what should I do with it?
    Thanks
    Donna


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  2. carolyn

    carolyn Strong Ash

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    I personally would NOT put it in the compost. If you can break it up fine enough broad cast it sparsely over the lawn to get rid of it.
     
  3. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Because most fertilizer is designed to be evenly distributed, you can not guarantee to attain the correct particle size just by breaking it into smaller pieces. Instead, I would dissolve the fertilizer in water and dispense the fertilizer as a liquid to assure a more even distribution, eliminating the possibility of fertilizer burn. Putting it in a compost would add an unknown to the distribution equation, eliminating your control over disbursement.

    Jerry
     
  4. Donna S

    Donna S Hardy Maple

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    Thanks Carolyn and Jerry,
    Going to water it down today.
     
  5. Coppice

    Coppice In Flower

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    I like the water added solution.

    Goodness it sounds like I was making a joke. I wasn't.

    Disolved fertilizer will be as good as its ever going to be, and can be spread around more parsimoniously.

    I'm cheap too.
     
  6. CoolAsACucumber

    CoolAsACucumber New Seed

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    Hit it with a hammer. Bust it up.