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Fertilization: Why, What, When, and How

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As summer comes to an end, it’s time to think about what no one really wants to deal with – fertilization. With so many options to choose from and so little knowledge of the terminology used, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Learn more about the fertilizing process below so you can understand it more when the time comes.

Why should I fertilize my lawn?

While there are a lot of reasons why you should fertilize your lawn, one that stands out that over time, many lawns will suck nutrients out of the soil. Whether through rain or irrigation, water will carry the nutrients out of your lawn. This will leave your lawn craving nutrients, which will leave you with an unhealthy lawn susceptible to disease. To find out if your soil is nutrient deficient, you can purchase a soil test kit to learn more about the soil composition. This test will also help you find out what type of fertilizer your lawn will need.

What types of fertilizer are there?

Considering how many types of fertilizer there are out there, finding the right one for you may be more difficult than you thought. Luckily, it’s more simple than you think. Almost all fertilizers are made up of three different nutrients that play important roles in maintaining healthy lawns – Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

  • Nitrogen provides healthy leaf growth.
  • Phosphorus helps your lawn develop healthy roots and stems.
  • Potassium gives your lawn strength, helping it resist drought and disease.

Nitrogen is probably the most important ingredient to find in a fertilizer. You want to encourage growth, and although phosphorus and potassium are still important, your lawn needs them in smaller percentages than nitrogen. A way to increase the nitrogen is with grass clippings. They are rich in nitrogen and it will help your overall lawn health.

When should I fertilize my lawn?

There are three times that fertilization is ideal for your lawn – a light application in spring and early summer, and a heaping application in fall. You may wonder to yourself “why do we need so much fall fertilization?” Well the answer is simple. Fall fertilization means better fall and winter color, earlier spring green-up, improved fall, winter and spring root growth, and enhanced storage of energy reserves. This means your lawn will start getting spring ready in the fall.

How should you fertilize your lawn?

Leave it to the professionals. Fertilization is one of the most important things you can do for lawn, and having a lawn care professional do it for you is one of the best treats you can give it. Our TaskEasy vendors have worked for years to perfect their specific fertilization skills, and they can do it for you.

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The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not always reflect the view of TaskEasy.

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