Lawn Fertilizer Tips

4 – Lawn Fertilizer Tips

Just as we take vitamins and food supplements to ensure that our bodies are not deprived of any of the required nutrient supply, we, also need to ensure that our plants and lawns get the right nutrients to enable their healthy growth.  Plants naturally acquire the nutrients they require from the atmosphere and from soil; that’s the way nature has designed things. However, with constant irrigation, irregular weather and soil conditions, most soils are deficient in these chemicals.  And thus, plants deprived of this natural source can be unhealthy; their growth retarded resulting in premature death.

Fertilizers are, therefore, used as nature’s substitutes providing plants with all those nutrients they require to thrive and grow. Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium are like the building blocks of plant cells.  Nitrogen gives plants their overall structure. Without Nitrogen, plants do not have their building blocks.  Plant molecules contain Phosphorus, which is like the energy source for plants, and finally Potassium, is required for plant metabolism.

Fertilizers can be produced naturally and also chemically.

Naturally produced fertilizers are called Organic fertilizers, and they are produced from the waste matter or trash which we produce.

Inorganic fertilizers are called commercial fertilizers and are derived from chemicals.

Here are a few tips from my eBook on fertilizers:

Lawn Fertilizer Tip #1 – Soil Color

A lot of us imagine that soil color indicates its fertility. Not true!  The darkest colored soil may be really deficient in fertility, and therefore, it is very difficult to predict the soil’s fertility by just looking at it.

Lawn Fertilizer Tip #2 – Fertilization Cycles

Fertilization should be undertaken during the beginning of a season and it depends on the type of grass itself.  For example, if it is grass which grows in cool or warm season, then fertilization should be done in fall or spring and for grass which requires a warm climate, early summer is the right time.

Lawn Fertilizer Tip #3 – Which Fertilizer to use

During germination, the seeds need a lot of Phosphorus and Potassium, as these are like the cell’s building blocks.  Hence, the fertilizer should be rich in these two chemicals.

Once the seeds begin germinating, they, of course, continue to need Phosphorus and Potassium, but now they also need a lot of Nitrogen.

The Nitrogen levels required varies from grass to grass.  For example, there are some really high maintenance grasses like Kentucky Blue Grass, which requires regular supply of water and fertilizer.  However, some common grasses like Bluegrass which doesn’t need you to fuss over them the whole time.

Another type of fertilizer which is available in the market is `weed and feed’ fertilizer.  This needs a lot of caution in usage.  While the fertilizers soak into the soil, there is a danger that they may harm the new saplings which are germinating. There is more information in my eBook.

Lawn Fertilizer Tip #4 – Be Environment Conscious

Fertilizers are meant for your plants and lawns, and therefore, use them with caution.  Don’t use fertilizers near lakes.  Similarly, ensure that fertilizers don’t enter into storm sewers, as they may contaminate water areas.

Lawn Fertilizer Tips
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