We hear this all the time from customers, “Why should I fertilize my lawn?”
The answer is quite simple. Turfgrass is a relatively fast growing plant that absorbs lots of micro-nutrients from the soil in order to replace plant cells.
Fertilizing a lawn is often referred to as “feeding” the lawn, but that’s not really correct. Lawns use solar power to create their own food, and they use that energy to convert the elements that are absorbed through the roots into plant cells. The new plant cells are why grass grows.
Fertilization of your lawn adds additional nutrients that will eventually be absorbed through the turfgrass’ roots. When those elements become scarce, root growth slows, top growth slows, and in time the plant will die and your lawn thins out making it easier for weeds to take hold.
A regular program of measured fertilization insures that your lawn and soil has the right balance of nutrients in the soil. Too many nutrients encourages too much growth requiring excess mowing which is not good. Our goal is to provide a balanced approach so that your lawn gets just the right mix.
Turf fertilization contributes greatly to lawn color, density, uniformity, and growth. Properly fertilized grass can compete with weeds and is able to recover from damage caused by environmental stresses faster than improperly fertilized lawns. When developing a turf fertilization program, a number of factors need to be considered.
These factors include:
· Minerals required for turf growth and development;
· Natural soil fertility;
· Fertilizer selection;
· Turfgrass species, desired quality, and use;
· Environmental and management conditions; and
· Application schedule
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