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Yates Dynamic Lifter vs Blood and Bone: Which to Choose?

If you are keen to improve the health of your plants, then you have no doubt considered using fertiliser in your garden.

Although there are a variety of fertilisers available, two stand out as the most popular in Australia: Blood and Bone, and Dynamic Lifter.

In this article, we’ll be comparing these two fertilisers and look at their important similarities and differences.

Quick Answer: Blood & Bone vs Dynamic Lifter

Dynamic Lifter is a more balanced fertiliser when compared to Blood & Bone.

While Dynamic Lifter has a poultry manure base and other added ingredients, Blood & Bone is 65% meat meal and contains cow manure.

Essentially this means that the nutrient ratios of each product are different.

Here are the N:P:K ratios (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) for each product:

  • Dynamic Lifter – 3.5-1.1-1.6
  • Blood & Bone – 8-1.6-1.5

As you can see, Blood & Bone has a much higher nitrogen content than Dynamic Lifter. This means it’s ideal to use when you want to promote lots of green growth.

However, for fruiting and flowering plants, Dynamic Lifter is much more suitable.

What is Yates Dynamic Lifter?

Yates Dynamic Lifter Standard Pellets | Gardening

Yates Dynamic Lifter is a composted poultry manure.

The standard version of the product is the pelletised formulation, which makes spreading easier and more efficient. The pallets also allow you to achieve a more consistent result.

The pellets also supply nutrients more slowly than other poultry manures.

Yates Dynamic Lifter can be used for all plants, lawns, and gardens. It is a natural slow-release fertiliser with a neutral pH that improves soil organic matter content, increases the water-holding capacity of the soil and enhances the cation-exchange capacity of the soil.

Yates Dynamic Lifter has been heat-treated, so it kills weed seeds and reduces harmful bacteria. It won’t burn or leach, so your plants will stay nice and healthy.

In addition to the pellets, Dynamic Lifter is available in the following products:

  • Dynamic Lifter Reduced Odour Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  • Dynamic Lifter Turf Starter
  • Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  • Premium Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  • Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Food
  • Dynamic Lifter Concentrated Lawn Food
  • Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate

What is Yates Blood and Bone?

Yates Blood and Bone | Gardening

Yates Blood & Bone is an organic fertiliser made from 65% pure high-quality organic meat meal. It is safe for all plants, although the company suggests limiting use on native plants.

Blood & Bone contains cow manure, which is a gentle source of nutrients, and soil conditioners. It’s suitable for most veggies, flowers, and exotics plants.

Yates Blood & Bone is available in a range of sizes. They also offer the following products the following Blood and Bone products:

  • Yates Professional Blood and Bone (Plus Potash)
  • Munns Betta Bloom Fertiliser
  • Yates Thrive Natural Vegie & Herb Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food
  • Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food

The Blood and Bone Plus Potash forumla contains 90% organic meat meal (compared to the usual 65%) and is recommended for flowers and fruit.

What’s the difference?

To understand the main difference between Yates Dynamic Lifter and Yates Blood and Bone, we need to quickly cover the importance of the NPK Ratio.

NPK Ratio – An Overview

The key thing to consider when selecting a fertiliser for your garden is the NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium) ratio. This number will be written on the packet in this format: 5:5:5.

N – The first number represents the amount of nitrogen in the product. Nitrogen promotes vigorous leaf growth and deep greening of plants, but too much can cause burning of foliage.

P – The second number represents the amount of phosphorus in the product. Phosphorus promotes root growth and flowering.

K – The third number represents the amount of potassium in the product. Potassium helps plants withstand stress and promotes overall hardiness and disease resistance, as well as root development and general vigour of plants. It is also important for flowering and fruit.

There is no one fertilizer that will support all plants, but the standard all-purpose blend of 5:5:5 or 10:10:10 works well for most plants.

The formulation you choose should take into account the needs of your soil and what you are growing.

Special Purpose Fertilisers

Special-purpose fertilisers are designed to meet specific needs. Gardeners who have plants that need more nitrogen than phosphorus, for instance, can use a product that is designed for this application.

Examples of Special Purpose Fertilisers include:

High-growth – Growth fertilisers are used to stimulate growth during the spring and summer. They tend to have a higher nitrogen content than general fertilisers.

Root health and flower production – these special purpose fertilisers have much more phosphorus and potassium than nitrogen. They are designed to stimulate root growth, as well as the production of flowers and fruit.

NPK Ratio – Yates Dynamic Lifter vs Blood and Bone

The NPK ratios for the two fertilisers are as follows:

  • Yates Dynamic Lifter: NPK 3.5 : 1 : 1.6
  • Yates Blood and Bone: NPK 8 : 1.6 : 1.5

As you can see, they are both higher in Nitrogen than the other macronutrients, although more so with Blood and Bone. This means both of these fertilisers are high growth.

Think about what you aim to achieve with your fertiliser.

If vigorous leaf growth is your aim, then Blood and Bone is the best choice. But keep in mind that high Nitrogen levels can cause burning of foliage.

However, if you’re looking for a more balanced formula or fertiliser for fruiting and flowering plants, then Dynamic Lifter is probably your best option.

Whichever way you go, these are both great organic fertilisers that are popular with gardeners all around Australia.

Remember to test your soil

Keep in mind that fertiliser should be added as a supplement for whichever nutrients are lacking in your soil.

We recommend using a soil test kit like this one to determine the Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potash, and pH levels of your soil.

You can then choose an appropriate fertiliser based on whatever nutrients need adding.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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