Professional Springtime Fertilization
To have a healthy lawn, it will need a lot of water, sunlight, and fertilizer. However, too much fertilizer can damage the lawn. This is why we have compiled a list of do’s and don’t so you can have a vibrant lawn this spring.
So, Why Fertilize?
When grass is correctly fertilized, the root system is strengthened, the grass grows thicker, leaving your lawn lush. A strong root system allows the grass to absorb water quicker and support even better grass growth. Mowing your grass at its preferred length also encourages strong root systems, which create a natural barrier against weeds. Precise fertilization can lead to healthy grass resistance to weed invasion.
How to Achieve Thicker and Greener Grass
It’s essential first to identify which type of grass makes up your lawn. Each type has it’s own requirements for proper amounts of nutrition, coming from nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Too many or too few of these nutrients in your soil can cause damage, not an ideal lawn.
Identify the type of grass that comprises your lawn. Each grass type requires the proper amount of nutrients from nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in a slow-release form. Too much of one kind of nutrient can cause damage, not healthy green grass.
You should also evaluate your soil’s pH since it will tell you which deficiencies or potencies it contains. Applying fertilizer on soil that has too many nutrients can cause more harm than good. Knowing your soil’s pH and your fertilizer’s nutrient ratio will set guidelines for achieving healthy grass growth.
You have to fertilize your lawn at least twice a year; the timing and frequency depend on what grass type you have. Typically, the first application of fertilizer is during spring. A good rule of thumb is to have your lawn fertilized before Memorial Day (last Monday of May.) If your yard is being stepped continuously on, it may need to be fertilized more frequently.
Another thing to keep in mind is the consistency of your fertilizer. If the fertilizer is clumped up, it will not work. If it’s too dusty, it won’t spread easily. The fertilizer needs to be a consistent granular texture so it can spread efficiently.
How Lawn Fertilizer Can Ruin Your Lawn
Fertilizer should not be overapplied or underapplied. I know, not too much, not too little is a recurring theme. But it’s true, getting the balance between nutrition, ph, and application is extremely important. Underapplying fertilizer can encourage disease since the grass and roots become weaker over time. Overapplying could cause the same thing to happen.
Do not apply your fertilizer before heavy rain is in the forecast. It will just wash away, wasting the application.
Also, avoid applying fertilizer applied on hot summer days with little water. This can increase the stress on the lawn and cause your grass to turn brown.