Most people understand that fertilization is an important part of caring for your lawn, but many may not understand exactly why and furthermore, when it is most important to have your lawn fertilized. Seasonal fertilization comes with many lawn care packages and are strategically timed so that your lawn reaps the benefits at the most necessary times. Fertilization affects everything from the color of your lawn to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Here are some reasons why fertilizer must be incorporated into your lawn care routine. A lawn that has been properly fertilized will be full of color, free of weeds, and resistant to pests and diseases. However, different applications result in different benefits. For example, the pH, or the acidity, of the dirt below your lawn can help control the growth of your lawn. Fertilization helps maintain the pH level at just the right level. Fertilizer, as mentioned before, also helps your grass develop a rich, deep green color which is brought about by nitrogen. Nitrogen also helps the grass blades grow quickly and sturdy. If you are dealing with new grass or you are trying to develop a new lawn, phosphorous will help establish grass seedlings and assist with root growth. Potassium applications will help get your lawn through hot summers and bitterly cold winters. Once the temperature drops, it is time to think about how your lawn will recover once spring comes around again. An application of fertilizer in the fall months will help create a faster green up in the spring. While much of this information applies to most lawns, fertilization is not that easy. Most applications need to be tailored based on several factors. The most obvious one is that not all grass is the same, which means some grass has different requirements than others. Another factor that comes into play is the temperature and the amount of precipitation your area receives each year. These need to be considered in order to determine the ideal time of year to apply the fertilization treatments. Different areas also have different growing season peaks. Some lawns will start to grow in March, while in another part of the country it is possible the grass does not really start to grow again until late April. This rate of growth also has an effect on how much nutrients the grass needs. Lawns with a shorter growth season need less fertilization than one with a longer growth season. If this seems like a lot to consider, it is. That is why it is best to leave your fertilization treatments up to the professionals. Your lawn care technician has been educated on the best applications, the ideal times for applying fertilizer, and the right concoction for your lawn’s specific needs. Products that are available at the stores are not custom blended, which means they could actually be doing harm to your lawn or may simply not be doing enough, which means buying these products is a waste of money. Call your local lawn care provider to find out more about customized fertilization treatments.
April 5, 2018