For anyone who is new to a lawn care or anyone who has had lawn care for a long time and needs a refresher, this is what fertilizer does for your lawn. Lawn care companies and landscapers talk about fertilizer all the time, but they don’t always explain the benefits. Here are some frequently asked questions about fertilizer treatments and what they do for your lawn:
What does fertilizer do for your lawn?
Fertilization ensures a solid foundation of deep root systems while boosting blade thickness and color. Proper results will diminish weeds as your grass grows stronger. Your healthy grass will be more resilient to disease. Water will start to wash away the nutrients that need your lawn to grow. With deep roots and thick grass blade, the nutrients will stay longer and the fertilizer will continue to destroy weeds.
What kind of fertilizer do I need?
Most lawns in Kansas City need a fertilizer that contains nitrogen. The nitrogen promotes growth and strong roots. When the lawn is cut, the clippings that stay on that grass will release the nitrogen that was on them back into the lawn. Nitrogen will also promote lawn growth, make sure your lawn is being mowed every 5-10 days on average.
When do I need fertilizer?
In Kansas City lawns need to be fertilized 7 times a year. Here are the seven times and what they do for your lawn:
Early spring application: To help lawn recover from winter and improve color.
Late spring application: Slow release fertilizer to prepare lawn for summer.
Grub application: Preventative grub control (performed at the same time as the Summer Application).
Summer application: Helps lawn retain color from spring.
Early fall application: Promotes lush color.
Late fall application: Repairs damaged/stressed turf.
Winterizer: Provides food to the lawn during the winter. This promotes earlier spring green-up and a healthy root system.
Should I do it myself or hire a professional?
When it comes to mixing and applying chemicals, it is always better to hire a professional. A professional will be able to spot if there are any other issues with your lawn that may be causing your grass to die or weeds to grow in that area. If you are going to apply fertilizer yourself, please make sure you wear protective clothing and dispose of all chemicals properly.
What if I have weeds?
Most lawn care companies will spot spray for weeds when they are applying your fertilizer. Stronger grass over time will naturally create less weeds. If your lawn is mainly weeds to start with, it would be better off to kill off the lawn and then aerate and overseed your property in the fall. It creates a fresh start for your lawn.
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