Fertilizer and How it works!
The benefits of lawn fertilizer are endless. For starters, feeding your grass will let it grow greener and thicker. Fertilizing improves the health of a lawn’s root system, making the grass more resistant to weeds and drought. When done properly, lawn feeding drastically upgrades the yard’s appearance and makes those summer barbecues all the more welcoming.
Both warm-season and cool-season grasses should be fertilized six to eight over the course of a year. A lawn’s health can affect this, though, as certain conditions may necessitate fewer fertilizer applications. Fertilizer treatments should be spaced out by at least six to eight weeks. Otherwise, the lawn risks being over-fertilized and thus susceptible to burning during hot months.
Cool-season grasses should be fertilized in early spring, late summer, and autumn. Warm-season grasses are best fed in early spring, late spring (or early summer), late summer, and autumn. It’s also helpful to have your lawn fertilized a day or two before it rains.
Water your lawn several days before having it fertilized. Irrigation will keep it hydrated before the product is applied. After your lawn is fertilized, water it again. This is one of the most important aspects of lawn feeding, as the water will wash the fertilizer into the soil—where it needs to be. Fertilizing will be a fraction as effective if you don’t water afterward. However, you don’t want to oversaturate the grass either, as over-watering can wash the product away and possibly lead to fungal issues.
If you plan on aerating this fall, schedule fertilization afterward. Aeration opens up passageways for grassroots to take in vital nutrients, which will maximize the benefits of both services.
With your spring you should also be aware of seed banks. Even if a pre-emergent is applied if it is your lawns first year with care, you may still have issues. Seed banks can occur due to weeds spreading seeds from the prior season. This allows the seed banks to be active already within the lawn. It can typically take 2 -3 seasons of weed control and fertilizer to completely diminish those banks.
Spring is the best time to get the ball rolling on fertilization. The sooner your lawn is fed, the better equipped it will be to thrive over the coming months.
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