Essential Nutrients for Your Lawn

Homeowners take great pride in showing off their lush green lawns. However, it is not an easy feat to keep your lawn green and healthy on most days. The secret behind such yards lies in the nutrients you provide and the lawn maintenance activities you do. Therefore, it is crucial to understand what nutrients your lawn requires and in what proportions (excess of one nutrient can also damage your lawn) to keep them healthy. 

Here we give you the lowdown on some of the essential nutrients required for a healthy lawn.

How to identify a nutrient deficiency in your lawn?

You can identify some signs for each nutrient, but the most effective method is to get your soil tested to determine what is lacking and how much is required. Lawn care professionals like Lawn & Pest Solutions can help you get the soil tested and recommend the proper nutrient requirements for your solid as per the results.

What are the most common lawn care nutrient requirements?

Every lawn requires some primary and secondary nutrients. Primary nutrients include nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Secondary nutrients include calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and others.


Nitrogen is the primary nutrient required by your lawn. It is responsible for its bright green color and consistent growth rate. A nitrogen deficiency can cause thinning, brown patches, and increasing proneness to diseases in your lawn grass. Lawns usually need about 4 pounds of nitrogen for every 1000 sq feet per annum.


Phosphorus is a nutrient that your lawn grass needs to promote root growth and strength. Therefore, you need to ensure that your soil has a sufficient amount of phosphorus before seeding it. However, an excessive amount of phosphorus can cause harm to your lawn by promoting weed. Therefore, we recommend replenishing the phosphorus in your yard in three to four years.


Potassium is vital to support vital plant cell functions like photosynthesis and water absorption. In addition, it enhances the strength of your plant to face harsh weather like cold and draught. A common sign of potassium deficiency in your lawn is stunted growth and dying roots. Provide enough potassium to your lawn to avoid dull and dying grass.


Calcium is an essential nutrient for grass as it facilitates the development of cell walls. Strong cell walls increase the disease resistance of your grass to keep it healthy and lush for a longer duration. Calcium also enhances the soil texture to make it more suitable for the roots to increase and hold the right amount of water.


Magnesium is responsible for the rich green color that grass gets from chlorophyll. It promotes the enzyme activators in plants responsible for the formation of chlorophyll. If you notice yellowing grass that begins at the tip and spread downwards, it is probably due to magnesium deficiency in your lawn.


Sulfur provides the immunity boost that your lawn requires for overcoming diseases. It is also essential to maintain the PH balance of the soil. It prevents other nutrients from dissolving away. 

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root lawn fertilization. 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 about lawn weed control in Memphis, North Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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