Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Basic Guide To Fertilizing Lawn

A Basic Guide To Fertilizing Lawn

Use fertilizers properly. There are ways to keep that grass looking good all year round.
Fertilizing your lawn on a regular basis is the best way to keep weeds out and luxurious green grass in.

Lawn fertilizer is a mix of nutrients that grass needs to stay healthy. There are two types of fertilizer: Natural organic or synthetic chemical mixture. Natural fertilizers are the best, they have a slower process, but last longer, and Synthetic fertilizers are easy to use and show quick results. They are not as long lasting as natural fertilizer. The main ingredients in fertilizer are, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Nitrogen provides a rich, green color and promotes growth. Phosphorous promotes root growth and potassium helps the lawn resist disease and survive through changing climates.

Fertilizer is needed because the grass uses a lot of energy to regenerate after being mowed. Fertilizers supplement the roots with nutrients drawn from the soil. It will keep your lawn healthy and green.

When fertilizing use one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn during growing season. This will keep your lawn healthy year round. When purchasing fertilizer, their packages have a three-digit number that shows how much of each nutrient the fertilizer contains by weight. If the lawn has an abundance of weeds use a fertilizer with more phosphorous.

There are two basic types of fast acting fertilizer that can be purchased from many lawn and garden supply stores. There are liquid and granular fertilizers, both are easy to use and both use water.

How to Fertilize: Broadcasting

You will need:
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Garden gloves
  • Granular Fertilizer

Set the rate of flow lever according to the setting listed on the fertilizer. Close the hopper vent and fill with fertilizer. Walk slowly and evenly and cover the whole lawn. When the whole area is covered, water the entire lawn.

How to Fertilize: Spraying

You will need:
  • Hose end sprayer
  • Garden gloves
  • Liquid Fertilizer

Fill sprayer canister with liquid fertilizer. Move at a steady pace to cover the entire lawn. Spraying side to side.

Avoid the lawn for 24 hours while the lawn is absorbing the nutrients.

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