Do you know how to fertilize your lawn? Even if you don’t, don’t worry! We are here to help. Fertilizing your lawn is actually much easier than you might think. Fertilizers act like food for your lawn. Nitrogen helps encourage leaf growth, phosphorus encourages root growth, and potassium promotes overall health. Read on to follow our beginner’s guide to fertilization!
Every year, you should apply four to six rounds of fertilizer. It all depends on the type of fertilizer you use, along with the type of grass and soil you have. Cooler-season grasses will need at least four applications, while warmer-season grasses will need an application every month. You might wonder why this is the case: that’s because the warm-season grasses need to keep growing.
Time It Right
Timing is everything. Fertilizing in the spring and the fall makes a tremendous difference. It all depends on the type of grass that makes up your lawn. Do you have warm-season grasses or cool-season grasses? That question is too important to ignore. Even if you weren’t able to take this advice over this past spring or the fall season before then, at least now you know what to do in time for autumn this year. Fertilization can help warm-season grasses survive the chill of fall and winter. Plus, cool-season grasses also need it to grow their roots and prepare for spring and summer – the next growing season where they will remain relatively dormant.
Control Weed Growth
Weeds can quickly overtake your lawn and garden. Pulling them out by hand is only a short-term fix for a long-term problem. Fertilizers and herbicides can stop weeds in their tracks. At least, it works this way in the spring. As summer continues to roll along, we will have to try something else. That’s because you will have to use post-emergent herbicide instead of pre-emergent. Following this method can stop weed seedlings from overwhelming you.
Recognize the Numbers
Reading a fertilizer bag might be confusing at first. However, if you recognize what the numbers mean, then you will have an easier time of it. The three numbers represent the three primary ingredients that we mentioned above: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Test your soil to find out how much phosphorus and potassium you might need. You can’t test for nitrogen with a basic soil test though. That’s because the levels tend to change throughout the day. This fluctuation makes measurements nearly impossible.
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