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Why Fertilizing Your Lawn Matters


Very often lawns do not always get their nutrients cycled through which can be caused by different reasons. This is partially due to the grass that you may be dealing with, it can also be the type of soil that grows underneath your lawn, and last but not least it can be due to weather. Any of these complications can cause low nutrient growth but there are also ways to save your lawn through meticulous upkeep and care. One of the best resources for a healthy lawn is using fertilizer.

What Do Fertilizers Do?

Fertilizers help replace the lost nutrients. Different fertilizers provide different gains to your lawn by offering different types of nutrients depending on the soil, different amounts depending on what fertilizer is used to treat your lawn, and release times that will keep your soil on a system that can be kept track of. Fertilizer can also improve a lawn by strengthening your grass roots so that they have more access to water. This keeps the soil in place and reduces mud puddles and patches.

Fertilizers rehabilitate your lawn by adding nutrients such as Nitrogen to your soil which is responsible for the green color to make your lawn look heathy. It is also encourages grass to grow thick with denser roots. Many fertilizers include potassium, which is the nutrient that strengthens your grass to resists fungus, drought, and other extreme weather conditions. Last but definitely not least would be Phosphorus which is the nutrient which stimulates growth and promotes healthy roots.

Fertilizers are helpful because they also act as a deterrent to harmful objects to your lawn. Fertilizer encourages a healthy ecosystem to your lawn that will introduce garden dwellers that will feed on pests and other unwanted insects. Fertilizer also acts as weed control using the strengthened roots by choking out weeds before they take a foothold in the first place. Applying fertilizer should be done during the early spring to start the cycle and laying down pre-emergent of weeds and taking care to rehabilitate your lawn after the winter. Late spring/early summer is another time to lay down fertilizer to help promote your lawn growth and to catch any weeds or crabgrass that survived the early spring. Late summer is another time to lay fertilizer to help protect your lawn from the summer heat and prepare for fall weather. Lastly early fall before the weather starts to get colder. It is the last time before winter to protect your lawn as the weather dries up. The nutrients will help protect your lawn and its important to water your yard after laying down the last fertilizer of the year.

Fertilizer is a major part of the growth formula for a healthy lawn. A few tips to remember when it comes to fertilizer is deciding which one to use. A great first step is testing your soil to figure out what works best for your lawn. Liquid fertilizer is more expensive but it helps promote growth more. Although nutrients are good for your lawn check your fertilizer because too much nitrogen is detrimental to the growth by preventing your grass roots from growing. Remember when laying down your fertilizer always remember to water your lawn. It can be a process, but using fertilizer and taking care of your lawn can lead to less problems when it comes to lawncare.

While it may seem like fertilizer is an unnecessary expense added by your lawncare provider, or even your stores pushing you to buy it, there is definitely a place for fertilizer in your lawn care routine. Sarge’s Property Management partners with TruGreen to bring their lawn safe chemical treatment to our customers.