4 Tips to Help Fertilize the Lawn

Fertilize the Lawn

A healthy lawn is that much prosperous when it gets regularly fertilized for the duration of the year.

The amount of fertilizer needed will depend on the type of grass and soil conditions.

A regular application of fertilizer will help the grass blades in many different ways, including replenishing depleted nutrients, maintain the green color, minimizing issues with drought and stress, and promoting the strong and healthy root systems.

Use re-seeding

A great method used to increase lawn density (or thickness) is to use the re-seeding approach.

The preferred time to reseed is entirely dependent on the particular location and the local environment. In general, the best time to apply the fertilizer is in the cooler months such as fall and spring. A well-planned application throughout the period has the ability to significantly improve the overall health and appearance of the lawn.

Aeration

Lawn compaction can result from a wide range of different issues. Some of the more common reasons include leaves, heavy furniture or similar objects on the lawn, regular foot traffic, or children playing. A lawn is certain to benefit if given breathing room and able to take in more air. A regular aeration of the lawn and garden is able to help loosen the hard soil. A benefit of this is the ability to up the intake of air to the roots, more water penetrating the surface, and a great volume of nutrients passing into the soil. After using the aeration process, it can benefit to apply fertilizer and water for the most benefit.

Chemistry

It can help to have a basic appreciation of the lawn pH level to create the lush-green environment. Most lawns benefit from a lawn area that is acidic (slightly) — this is achieved by adding sulfur to up the acid level or lime to lower the acid level. A backyard that gets regular rainfall is certain to benefit from an application of lime at the start of each season.

Any lawn that often appears yellow can benefit from the inclusion of iron. If having particular issues with the health of the lawn it might help to call on the services of an agriculture specialist who will be able to conduct a complete soil analysis.

Thatch

A lawn area that is quite spongy and soft is usually an indication of thatch build-up. This is a growth or a layer of dead plant stems or roots that result from poor fertilization, lawn watering, or lawn mowing.

The ½ inch layer or so of thatch isn’t a concern and can help the lawn retain more moisture and helps fight against ground compaction.

However, a thick layer of thatch is certain to be a problem because it provides safe harbor for insects and disease. Plus, it will block the ability for nutrients, air, and water to reach the soil and root system. A simple technique to minimize issues with thatch is to vigorously rake after mowing the lawn.

A regular problem with thatch might need more attention, such as using the lawn aeration technique or having the lawn pH level balanced.