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There are over 30 million acres of lawns in America. Most would likely benefit from proper fertilization. Fertilizing a lawn may not be rocket science, but it does take some care and planning to get it right. Too little fertilizer can result in yellow patches in the lawn and in sparse growth that allows weeds to spread. Under-nourished lawns are prone to pests and diseases too. Over-fed lawns are also problematic. Too-fast growth leaves the grass subject to burning and disease and leaves the roots weak and spindly.
Before fertilizing a lawn, it’s critical to establish the soil’s pH content. The pH level indicates if a soil is too acidic or too alkaline. Acidic soils can be amended with lime. Alkaline soil benefits from applications of sulfur. Soil test kits are available at most home improvement retailers. Landscaping companies offer soil testing services as well.
Lawn fertilizers typically contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Lawns grown in soils with a balanced pH level may only need nitrogen to flourish. Returning mulched lawn clippings to a lawn adds nitrogen to the soil, reducing the need for fertilizer by about 30 percent. Most experts recommend a slow-release, organic fertilizer. Fast-release fertilizers should only be used when it is necessary to “green up” a lawn quickly, as they tend to burn the grass.
The best time to apply lawn fertilizer depends upon the type of the grass and the region’s climate. Landscaping companies are best equipped to advise homeowners about the optimum application time. Warm-weather grasses generally grow best with an application of fertilizer in the spring and another in late summer. Cold-weather grass does best with an application in the fall to allow roots nourishment for spring growth. They should receive another application at the height of their growing season, which is typically in early summer.
It’s best to apply lawn fertilizer with a “walk-behind” spreader to ensure even application, although broadcast spreaders may be more practical for very large lawns. The fertilizer is first applied to the outer edges of the lawn. Then the spreader passes from side to side across the lawn, overlapping a few inches with every pass. After fertilization, it’s a good idea to give the lawn a light watering. Homeowners should be prepared for more frequent mowing after fertilizing and should be ready to enjoy a lush green lawn.
In addition to providing lawn fertilization services in Waterford CT and fertilization services in Old Saybrook CT, Colonel Landscaping provides landscaping services in the following towns: East Lyme CT, Lyme CT, Old Lyme CT, Essex CT, Waterford CT, and New London CT.
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