Proper Fertilization Practices
Why Should I Fertilize?
The most important thing you can do for a lawn is to provide it with proper nutrition. Fertilizing is the cheapest and easiest way to make a big impact on your lawn. Without fertilizer, most turf-grasses will struggle to maintain their vigor and color. Fertilizing increases growth, color, vigor, hardiness, thickens the grass and is the mainstay of having a rich dark lawn. If you opt to feed your lawn only 1 to 2 times a year, you’re starving your lawn. A steady, regular diet is required. While fertilizing alone will not provide for a perfect lawn, it is one the most important parts of lawn care.
What is Fertilizer?
Fertilizer has three main elements: Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash. Each element has a particular purpose as to what it does to a grass plant. Nitrogen is the most used of the elements. It produces fast growth, dark color and helps thicken the grass. But, a fertilizer that is high in Nitrogen and low in Phosphate and Potash will create too much top growth and not enough root growth or energy storage for recovery. A balanced fertilizing program for your lawn will include all three main elements along with some of the micro-nutrients also needed by the grass. Micro-nutrients are minerals like Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron and Sulfur.