Potted plants need to be fertilized, especially if in the same pot and soil for a long period of time. Many types of fertilizers are available and any may be used according to label directions. Select one which gives the best results for existing growing conditions. Do not fertilize dry plants as the roots may be burned. Water, then fertilize in a day or two. Resting house plants need no fertilizer.
When staining your deck, be careful not to apply too much of the stain. You don’t want to get surface film on the wood when what you’re really going for is penetration. Also, be sure to keep a wet edge so you don’t get unsightly lap marks. Apply stain in the proper weather conditions. Avoid applying the product in direct sunlight, and be sure there is no chance of rain for the next 24 hours.