An introduction to The Basics of Lawn Fertilization
One of the crucial elements in keeping your lawn lush green throughout the year is to provide it with the nutrients it needs. Some soil is rich in nutrients, while others need additional nutrients that you provide in fertilizers. However, simply adding what you choose to your yard can make matters worse. You need to follow due process to ensure that your fertilizers make your lawn grass lush and healthy.
Here is everything you need to know about lawn fertilization:
Test your soil
The first and most crucial element of your lawn care is understanding your soil. And for that, you need to give your soil for testing. A soil test can help you determine what type of soil you have in your lawn. You can identify your soil’s nutrient deficiencies, surpluses, and PH balance through a soil test. The results will help to determine which is the most suitable fertilizers for the land.
Excess of everything is bad
The fertilizer you add is essentially food for your plants, and adding anything in excess is harmful to them, just like us. And it goes for both the quantity and frequency of your fertilization process. You need to fertilize your lawn two to six times a year, depending upon the extent of deficiencies in the soil. Anything more than that can turn your soil toxic.
The timing matters
When you fertilize, your lawn is as crucial as how much and how often you do it. There are specific seasonal intervals during which you need to fertilize to achieve the desired results.
The best time to fertilize your lawn is around labor day if you do it only once a year.
Adding fertilizers during early September prepares your lawn for upcoming fall and winter hardships.
If you plan to fertilize twice a year, you should make the second application around mid-October. If more than twice, then divide the duration evenly between the spring and summer seasons.
The application method varies depending upon the type of fertilizer you are using, whether solid or liquid. The spreader you use also affects the application process. However, the best practice is to ensure that the fertilizer is spread evenly throughout all the lawn layers. Also, avoid adding fertilizers near ponds or water creeks as it promotes weed and algae growth.
Monitoring and re-adjustments
Adding fertilizers and not monitoring your lawn is like investing money and not measuring returns. Check your yard for any signs of malnutrition once every fortnight. If you notice the yellowish-brown color or thin brow patches of soil, it is a sign that your grass is not getting the essential nutrients. Therefore, you need to increase the frequency or quantity of the fertilizers.
If the problems persist even after that, you should consult a professional for any underlying issues in your lawn.
About Lawn & Pest Solutions
If you are looking for professional help to care for your lawn, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. In addition, we ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.