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Give your Lawn and Garden some TLC with a high-quality Fertilizer

Camille Landry posted this on Nov 28, 2016


Image result for fertilizer your lawnMaintaining a lawn or garden takes a lot more than just pulling out your hose and watering or mowing from time to time. To really care for your lawn and make your yard stand out you need to give it proper nourishment and that’s where fertilizer comes in. Getting the right fertilizer and learning how to apply fertilizer to your lawn brings a lot of benefits aside from having a healthy lawn that’s green and lush.

 

However, just heading to your local garden center or supply store may get a bit confusing for the average homeowner who isn’t a scholar when it comes to vegetation and gardening. Walking down the fertilizer aisle and seeing all those labels and bag and bottles all claiming to make your lawn the envy of your neighborhood can definitely make for an overwhelming experience.. Where do you start? What is effective and what’s not? Are those products even right for your lawn?

 

We here at Solutions can help you by giving you the most helpful comprehensive information so you can make an informed decision when it comes to how you want to treat and care for your lawn, the products that will best suit your preferences and we can also guide you step-by-step so you can easily do the work yourself and save a ton of money over hiring a professional to take care of it for you.

 

What is the Significance and Benefits of Fertilizing My Lawn?

 

There are a number of reasons why you should fertilize your lawn. As time passes, your lawn tends to start depleting nutrients from the soil. Most nutrients for your lawn are water-soluble which means that when water comes into contact with the nutrients in the soil whether it be by rainfall or irrigation, the water will wash away the nutrients from your yard. This will leave your lawn deficient in essential nutrients that it needs which can lead to an unhealthy lawn where your grass and plants may die and lose their bright green luster. In some instances, the soil that the grass is using to grow does not have the organic nutrients to grow efficiently. If so, fertilizer will be needed in order to maintain a healthy lawn. To figure out whether or not your soil is deficient in nutrients, you can purchase a easy to use soil test kit to learn more about the soil composition. The results of this test will help you determine exactly what type of fertilizer that your lawn needs. Other benefits of a well-fertilized lawn include

 
  • Thick and soft feeling grass that you want to walk barefoot on. A nice lush lawn with thick grass is perfect for barbecues and get togethers and playing sports with friends and family.

  • Durable grass that can withstand stress. Regular feedings of fertilizer provide the nutrients your lawn needs to look its best year-round and can remain strong enough to withstand weeds, heat, drought and family activity.

 

Breaking down the Essential Nutrients: (N) (P) (K)

Homeowners new to the world of lawn care often ask what kind of fertilizer should they use. To understand what fertilizers functions are you have to first understand what are the essential nutrients that a lawn needs to be healthy and green. The three essential nutrients for a healthy lawn diet are Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). All fertilizers contain a certain ratio of all of these nutrients which are indicated with the chemical symbol and percentage rate of the nutrient in the fertilizer. Nitrogen is typically the most essential nutrient needed so it is always the first one noted.

 
  • Nitrogen promotes healthy leaf growth by encouraging the production of chlorophyll, which is a chemical vital to photosynthesis.

  • Phosphorus helps your lawn develop healthy roots and stems.

  • Potassium gives your lawn strength, helping it to resist drought and disease.

 
 

If any of these nutrients is not present in the ratio, it will be indicated by a zero for that nutrient (a 16-0-0 fertilizer contains nitrogen but no phosphorus or potassium) These labels are usually clearly placed on the packaging.

 

For lawns, it is important to use fertilizer with a high level of nitrogen because it promotes and enhances the growing process. Phosphorus and potassium are still important but your lawn needs them in smaller doses than nitrogen. A good complement to using fertilizer with lots of nitrogen is by leaving your grass clippings in the yard after mowing. Grass clippings are rich in nitrogen and can be used to mulch the lawn which further promotes a healthy and lush lawn. However, we dont recommend leaving all your clippings behind because that may not make for the best looking lawn seeing all those mounds of clippings scattered about.

 

Complete and Incomplete Fertilizers

A fertilizer which contains all three major nutrients is known as a complete fertilizer; in contrast a product that supplies only one or two of them is called an  incomplete fertilizer. Using a complete fertilizer everytime for your lawn and gardening needs seems to make the most sense, but it actually depends on your lawn. If your lawn’s soil contains an adequate amount of phosphorus and potassium and is deficient only in nitrogen (which can often be the case), you can save money by using an incomplete fertilizer that provides only nitrogen (ammonium sulfate, for example). In some instances, complete fertilizers can even harm a plant. Some plants that you may be growing will not tolerate an excessive amount of phosphorus and as a result the plants die by filling up on too much.

Solutions provides three complete fertilizers and can also help you to test your soil to see what your nutrient makeup is in your yards lawn.

 

How to Apply Fertilizer

The two main ways to apply fertilizer to your lawn are either through granular or liquid application which both have their own pros and cons. Whatever you choose will be based on personal preference. Liquid fertilizer is diluted in water and spread over your grass with a liquid fertilizer applicator. This method of fertilizer is fast-acting, with results often seen in a mater of weeks. Liquid fertilizers, are also usually cheaper than granular fertilizer. Although they are very effective in producing results, these types of fertilizers also have a few disadvantages. Liquid fertilizers carry a higher chance of leaching when used in high dosages. They also require more repeated applications than granular and there is a higher risk of “burning” your grass by over applying fertilizer.

 

Granular fertilizers, with their slow release and low margin for error, are recommended for most home owners. Granular fertilizers are typically applied using a rotary spreader. These fertilizers take a bit more time to see results than liquid fertilizers, but do not have applied as frequently as liquid. There is lower chance of the fertilizer leaching out of the soil and, because of its often slow time release formula, there is less of a chance that you will “burn” your lawn by applying too much fertilizer. Despite the fact that these fertilizers are typically more expensive than liquids, their effectiveness often more than makes up for the higher cost.

 

Ideal Times to Use Fertilizer

 

When you should fertilize your lawn often depends on the amount of time and money you want to spend on your lawn. Solutions Pest and Lawn recommends a light fertilization in spring and early summer and a heavy application during the fall season.

 

Let Solutions Be Your Guide!

Now that you have an idea of the kinds of fertilizers that are out there and weighed the pros and cons, you may be ready to make a purchase for a fertilizer. Solutions offers several options that can make your lawn look amazing. However, before you go grabbing a fertilizer from our stock and going on a DIY frenzy, there’s more to lawn fertilizing than simply ripping open a bag of fertilizer and spreading it around your yard. There’s a great deal of science behind this type of lawn service and it should be approach meticulously for best results. Here at Solutions we provide helpful guides that will take you step-by-step through the fertilization process so you do it right the first time around.

 

Check out our fertilizer products and then browse our helpful videos and comprehensive guides all for free on our site. You can even call or email one of our expert staff members who can assist you over the phone and answer questions as they come. Here at Solutions, we want you to be able to do it yourself and become an expert in regards to your home and garden and through our help and informative resources, you can be a DIY master in no time.

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