Two things to remember, Nitrogen like Urea, volatilizes when it's just sitting on the ground in the sun and heat. It's basically just evaporating. For that reason, I also like to top dress N immediately before a rainstorm. Also, Phosphorous (P) is almost immobile or very slowly mobilizes with water. That means pouring P on the ground may not reach the roots when you need it. So I much prefer tilling in my nutrients. The N does not volatize and the P is closer to the roots.
When to fertilize new food plot?Contributors to this thread:
When do you ? Fertilize your new food plot? When it’s 3 or 4 in high or 5 or 6 in or does it matter?
I do mine at time of planting. Hopefully thats not wrong.
What's the planting?
Whenever I can.
From: Pat Lefemine
Generally you want it as close to planting as possible. Ideally you want to fertilize, till it into the soil, then plant. For No-till top-dress, I fertilize the day I no-till and try to time immediately before rain. I don't want to go too early as then you may be feeding non-target plants like weeds and grass. I don't want it to go too late either as that initial germination is critical.