Lawn Care Tips: Choosing The Best Fertilizer For Your Lawn

If you choose to put fertilizer on lyour lawn you need to know about the numbers on the package, such as 10-10-10. What do those numbers mean?

If you do choose to go ahead and use a fertilizer on your turf areas then you will need to learn about the three numbers on the fertilizer packages. On every fertilizer package you will see numbers such as 10-12-8 or 15-10-5. The numbers will always be different depending on the type of fertilizer it is.

These numbers indicate the chemical makeup of the fertilizer. The first number indicates the percentage of nitrogen, the second number pertains to the percentage of phosphorous, and the last number indicates the percentage of potassium.

Nitrogen will promote the leaf growth and also helps the leaves keep their green color. So if you have leaves that are looking yellow you may need more nitrogen. Phosphorus helps keep all of the plants cells healthy by stimulating root growth. It also helps in proper fruit and flower production. If your plant is not producing many flowers or fruit, then it may need a dose of phosphorus. Potassium is essential for plants to grow properly. If your plant seems like it is stunted then potassium is what is needed.

If you do use a fertilizer, then try to choose an organic type of fertilizer. All fertilizers come in two forms, liquid and granule form. The liquid fertilizer will have to mixed with water before applying to the lawn area. If you have just a small area that you wish to add fertilizer to, then choose the liquid and mix up just what you need and no more. If your lawn area is larger, then the granules can be added using a hand held or push type spreader to evenly distribute the granules. You should water the lawn deeply to help the granules dissolve and be available for the grass roots to absorb.

You will also need to consider the type of soil you have and the type of turf grass you want to grow. For maximum growth choose a fertilizer that is proper for your soil type. Perform your soil test and that will help you choose the proper fertilizer.

When you purchase your grass find out what type of fertilizer it prefers. If you already have an established lawn, go ask your garden center for help in deciding the proper fertilizer you will need for best results. After you choose the correct fertilizer, you will only need to fertilize about two times per year. Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall.

Do not fertilize in the heat of the day, as this will tend to burn the grass. Give the fertilizer time to work. Apply it at the correct time of the year and do not over fertilize. That is the one mistake people make in trying to maintain their lawns. If you see your lawn turning brown, it may be natural for that type of grass. It will come back green again in the spring, so be patient.

Remember that the healthier your lawn is from adding compost and natural nutrients, such as grass clippings, then you will not need chemical fertilizers to maintain a beautiful lawn. Learn natural ways to lawn care.

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