HOW TO FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN WITHOUT KILLING GRASS

weed_killer_that_wont_kill_grass_l3When something is done in the wrong way, it doesn’t deliver or produce the intended results. It’s the same case when it comes to lawn fertilization. When done properly, lawn fertilization leads to a dense, green, healthy grass. Furthermore, it prevents the infiltration and infestation of unwanted weeds, dandelions, and crabgrass. You also realize that proper lawn fertilization goes a long way to making your lawn grass more resilient against the heat of the day.

You might like the results after applying your lawn fertilizer in the wrong way. What could have been a lush, green, healthy lawn may end up becoming something else? What’s the starting point then? Since no one wants to fertilize their lawn improperly, it’s important to start by picking the right fertilizer blend for the type of grass in your lawn. After picking, you should make sure you’re applying it at the appropriate time. Wrong timing can result in the worst.

Start with a soil analysis

We’ve mentioned that you need to start by choosing the right fertilizer blend for your lawn, but how are you going to do that? The market is full of different products which promise to add value to your lawn. A soil test will help you find out the different nutrients your lawn is lacking. Hiring a lawn care professional is the best option for a soil test. Note that there are do-it-yourself kits that you can also use to perform a soil exam.

The purpose of a soil test is to check the level of different nutrients that promote the growth of your grass. Usually, these are the same nutrients contained in most fertilizer blends. Experts recommend that homeowners should understand their soil so that they can know how to maintain and take proper care of their lawn.

Phosphorus is one of the most important nutrients that your soil needs. It’s responsible for promoting the growth of roots. Nitrogen, on the other hand, stimulates the growth of leaves and gives them the desired green color. Potassium helps in elevating the functioning of cells.

If you have pets and children, consider using organic fertilizer instead of the synthetic ones. Organic fertilizers are usually made from animal and plant matter and can still give you a lush, green and healthy lawn. If you’re planning to apply fertilizer in spring, consider using a high-nitrogen fertilizer blend. This helps to give the grass energy to grow healthy and thick.

Fertilization

Let’s say you’re done with the soil test and you’ve found the right fertilizer blend, what schedule are going to follow? Notice that, if you apply fertilizer at the wrong time, you might not see it working. You won’t see results.

Applying more fertilizer doesn’t equal to seeing more results or better results. As a matter of fact, you’ll be contaminating the ground water when you use too much fertilizer. Your lawn might need extra treatment and attention during the first few years. However, if your lawn is mature or heavily shaded, you won’t need to apply as much fertilizer as you would when it was new.

You are at risk of applying too much fertilizer if you do it yourself than when you seek professional help.