Fertilizer helps your lawn grow lush and healthy because it supplies nutrients to the soil for the grass to consume. Fertilizer along with adequate water is essential for a beautiful lawn since your soil may be lacking important nutrients. Here are a few things to know about choosing and using lawn fertilizer.
Understand The Type Of Grass You Have
The way you use fertilizer depends on if you have cool-season grass or warm-season grass. Areas with colder climates typically have cool-season grasses, but some parts of the country grow both types of grass. If you don't know the type of grass you have, let your lawn service identify it if you use a lawn service, otherwise let your county extension office identify your grass so you choose the right schedule for fertilizing your lawn. Generally, cool-season grasses are fertilized in the fall and spring while warm-season grasses are fertilized during the spring and summer.
Know the Type Of Fertilizer To Use
Lawn fertilizer contains three main ingredients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Different products have different ratios of these important nutrients and different ratios are needed at different times of the year. Phosphorous helps new seeds grow and roots to be strong and healthy. Nitrogen helps grass turn green and get off to a good start in the spring. Potassium is useful in the summer to help the grass stay healthy and resist damage from drought.
Consider Fertilizer Granules
You can buy liquid or granule fertilizer and the granule variety has some advantages. You can choose slow-release granules so your lawn receives nourishment over a longer period of time. Granule fertilizer is easy to use with a lawn spreader that provides even distribution so you can avoid brown spots.
Follow Directions On The Product You Buy
You don't have to know a lot about lawn fertilizing to have a beautiful lawn. Practically everything you need to know is included in the information that comes with the fertilizer. However, it's important to follow the instructions so you get the best results. The instructions tell you the best time of year to use the fertilizer, how to apply it, and when to water your yard before and after the fertilizer is applied.
If you still feel uneasy about lawn fertilizing, you can hire a landscaping company to do it for you or you can talk to an expert at a garden center. Fertilizer is important for a healthy lawn, but it has to be used properly to get the results you want, and it may even need to be used along with planting new grass seeds or using herbicides so your lawn is thick and healthy.