Your soil supplies some of the nutrients that turf grass needs but most soils are not able to provide all of them during the entire growing season. A healthy and actively growing lawn uses a great deal of energy. Fertilizer helps your lawn stay healthy by promoting new leaf and root growth. Read on to learn more about why it is important to fertilize your lawn.
Why Lawns Need Nutrient Replacement
Very often the cycling of nutrients is cut short on home lawns. This is partially due to necessary maintenance practices needed to produce quality turf. To complicate things further, some turf species and certain turf situations, such as sports turf, require intense maintenance and added nutrients to meet the high level of expectation. This requires the removal of fallen leaves, twigs and branches, and even grass clippings, that would otherwise have returned nutrients back to the soil. Those lost nutrients must be replaced.
What is Fertilizer?
Fertilizers are the most often used method of replacing lost nutrients. Modern fertilizers have improved tremendously in recent years with more attention to environmental concerns. Fertilizers offer many combinations of nutrient types, nutrient amounts, and release times. Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for your lawn’s green color. It also helps grass grow in thick and encourages denser shoots. Phosphorus is the nutrient that stimulates growth and encourages the establishment of healthy roots. Potassium is the nutrient that helps strengthen cell walls, which helps grass resist drought, fungus and extreme weather conditions.
Can I Avoid Fewer Mud Puddles and Patches?
The use of fertilizer will strengthen your grass roots so they can quickly absorb more water than unhealthy roots. This firms your soil and lessens the chances of water pooling to form messy mud puddles and bare patches.
Will Fertilizers Help with Weed Control?
A thick lush lawn with strong roots can choke out weeds by preventing them from taking a foothold in the first place.
Can Fertilizers Encourage Fewer Pest?
Chewing insects, like grasshoppers, may attack grass blades, and burrowing critters, like gophers, may munch through grass roots and cause green tops to die. Well fertilized lawns can encourage a healthy ecosystem of microorganisms of good bugs, earth worms, praying mantises, lady bugs and other garden dwellers that fest on pests and unwanted insects.
A Few Tips to Remember Before Fertilizing
- Test your Soil so you can choose a fertilizer based on your soil type
- Liquid fertilizer is slightly more expensive but it encourages faster growth
- Granular Fertilizer has a longer lasting Effect
- A slow release nitrogen prevents your grass roots from absorbing excess nitrogen. too much nitrogen is a detriment to your lawn’s health.
- Use a spreader and fill the spreader on a hard surface, where any spills or excess can be swept up and reused.
- Watch the weather! Too much rain can lead to runoff and will not have the desired effect. Fast release fertilizers should not be applied before a heavy rainfall. Any fertilizer application should be followed with watering.
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