The Scoop on Fertilizer

Nurturing a lush, green lawn is a labor of love for many gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts. It takes lots of patience, hard work and a bit of know-how to get and maintain that healthy looking lawn. One of the steps to this thick, beautiful grass is fertilizing – the right amount, at the right time and with the right type of fertilizer.  While no two lawns are the same and factors such as shade, irrigation, and types of plantings come into play, fertilizing is an essential part of building a great lawn.

Want the scoop on fertilizer?  Here are some good rules to follow when planning and creating your ideal landscape.

Why Fertilize?

Fertilizer is an important part of your lawn’s care in that it aids with the general health of the grass roots and plant. The healthier the grass is, the more it can tolerate pests, like weeds, disease and insects. A well-fed lawn has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic and other stresses. Fertilizer also helps add nutrients, which keeps your lawn looking nice and aesthetically pleasing.

When to Fertilize?

Depending upon your schedule and type of grass, when you should fertilize can vary.  Some homeowners have a limited amount of time and find that feeding their lawn can only happen once a year, while others feed theirs on a schedule that may include up to four annual feedings.

  1. Early Spring is when your lawn is beginning to wake up, so-to-speak, so many homeowners put down a first fertilizer at this point in the cycle. This is a good time to add nutrients and strengthen the root system.
  2. Late Spring/Early Summer is a time when the grass has been very busy growing and using up much needed energy. Feeding the lawn at this point can help replenish that stored energy in the root system.
  3. Summer can be a tough haul for grass especially if there has been any drought, major foot traffic or insect issues.  Fertilizing again during this time can be a great help.
  4. Fall is an ideal growing time for grass since the days tend to be fairly warm and the nights are cool. Most experts agree that if there is a time to fertilize, this is it.  Fertilize before the grass goes dormant for the long, cold winter.

Pro-Tech Lawn Care can set you up with a maintenance schedule that will take all the guesswork out of “when” to fertilize. We can also help you decide on what the right type of fertilizer is appropriate for your lawn whether you have shade, no shade, or other needs in your yard. Call us today to get started!

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