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Fertilzing


Fertilizing your lawn is another key to maintaining the brilliant greens of a well-nourished lawn. The three major nutrients that are the key to green are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

All three nutrients are essential in lawn care because they

  • enhance color
  • promote quick roots and seeding
  • improve winter hardiness
  • reduce the risk of disease

Give us a call and we will be happy to work with you on getting your lawn looking its best.

 

 

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Winterizing your lawn – Part 1


The key to a lush, healthy spring lawn is proper preparation for the winter.  When the weather turns warmer, turf grass needs to be primed and ready to go.  Because grass goes dormant during the winter, any preparation for a healthy spring must be made in the fall.  For the most part, lawn winterizing is needed for cool season grasses that grow in the northern United States.  Warm season grasses in the south go dormant in the winter.  It is beneficial to ensure that the grass has a good, healthy root system going into the fall and winter.

Fertilizer for Lawn Winterizing The purpose of fertilizing a lawn to prepare it for winter is to fertilize at the right time for the lawn to build its root system up for the winter.  For that reason, a winter lawn fertilizer with a high potassium ratio is best, because that will stimulate root and rhizome growth, not growth of leaves and flowers. Depending upon where you live, you will most likely not want to fertilize past September or October.  Fertilizer too late in the season will cause the grass to keep growing, and could leave it susceptible to frost damage.

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When to fertilize your lawn


There’s no doubt that lawns need fertilizer, but it’s easy to make mistakes, like applying the wrong nutrients or fertilizing at the wrong time. If you fertilize your lawn when it doesn’t need it, you’re essentially throwing money away, so it’s essential to apply fertilizers at the right time, and use no more than necessary.

The last thing your lawn needs is constant overfeeding. It does nothing to benefit your turf grass, and can be damaging to the environment. For most lawns, applying fertilizer once or twice a year is enough to keep your grass green and healthy. Precisely when you apply fertilizer depends partly on your climate, but mostly on the type of grass you have. The key is to fertilize during the season when your grass is doing the most growing.

Warm season grasses including varieties like Bermuda grass, St. Augustine, zoysia, centipede and buffalo grass, warm-season grasses go partially dormant in winter, doing most of their growing during the summer. Warm-season grasses should be fertilized in early summer so they have plenty of nutrients for their active period. If necessary, they can be fertilized again in August.

It is also important to choose the right day. The best time to fertilize is the day after a hard rain or a significant watering. Check the weather forecast and avoid applying fertilizer right before a rainstorm, as a heavy downpour can cause many of the nutrients to leach out of the soil before the grass can use them. For best results, use a slow-release fertilizer, which provides better nutrition in the long run. After applying fertilizer, gently water your lawn just enough to wash the fertilizer off the leaves and into the soil.

As always, give us a call and we will help coordinate getting all of this done for you. The right way and at the right price.

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