Consider what you feed your lawn. If it is not getting the proper mix of phosphates, nitrates and potassium, the odds are good it will begin to brown, weak and downright sickly. So how can you ensure that your lawn is getting everything it needs to thrive in the months to come? Like giving your body a daily multivitamin, learning how to fertilize properly can go a long way to building a rich green turf that showcases your home.
Why Is Fertilizing Important?
It is hard to build the kind of strong soil your grass needs without a good fertilizing plan. Here are just a few reasons to adopt one:
Soil is Everything
No plant can live long without a strong base – it’s soil. The grass is no exception. Your lawn depends on good soil in order to soak up the nutrients it needs. Of course, that means making sure those nutrients are in the soil in the first place. Since every grass variety is different (and has different needs), it is important to choose a fertilizer that contains the proper P-N-P mix.
It Helps Plants Grow Faster
Fertilizer doesn’t just make plants grow stronger – it helps them grow faster. Want to fill in those bare spots more quickly? Add a bit of fertilizer to your lawn (and that new seed) and watch how fast it sprouts.
What Type of Fertilizer Should I Use?
One sweep down the fertilizer aisle of your local home improvement center and you will likely become confused. With so many varieties for sale, how in the world will you know which one is best for your lawn? First, you have to choose between a short term spray and long haul granules. Those sprays you attach to the end of your hose to apply are usually only good for quick fixes. Maybe you notice some brown spots or a few weak areas in your lawn. Use one of these sprays to give your grass a quick boost. For a deeper rooted help, apply a granule type fertilizer that is able to better absorb into the soil, reaching the depths of your grasses root system.
How Much Fertilizer is Enough?
You know the importance of fertilizing your lawn, but how much is enough? Don’t fall for the misconception that more is better. When it comes to fertilizing your lawn, this is not always the case. Use too much — too often — and you can burn or even kill your grass. This is why it is so important to follow the product directions carefully. The bag will explain how much to use depending on your soil, grass type, weather and more.
When Should I Fertilize?
In most cases, fertilizing at the beginning of the spring season and the end of autumn is enough. But if bad weather, pests or fungi have attacked your lawn you may need to reapply more often to bring back that lush green grass.
Bring in a Team of Experts
Don’t have a green thumb? Or maybe you simply want someone else to take over your lawn maintenance program. Call the expert team at Meyer’s Green Services. We are trained to handle every aspect of your lawn care; including instituting the proper fertilizing schedule.