More does not mean better! How many times have you heard, “If a little is good, more must be better?” How about, “Too much of a good thing is bad!” If someone lives to 100 years old and says the secret to longevity is a daily shot of whiskey and a cigar that does not mean take 3-4 shots of whiskey and smoke a case of cigars daily. I once read that car owners in American spend an extra $40 billion dollars on higher than required octane gasoline thinking they will get better engine performance, they will not.
The same goes for lawn and garden products: More does not mean better! Let’s first look at grass seed; you would think that you could do no harm by seeding extra heavy. That is true, but too much grass seed in a thick pile may not provide a better lawn. Too many grass seed plants will simply compete in the same space for soil, water and nutrients. Mother Nature will determine which ones survive long-term or not, excessive amounts of grass seed will most likely die if they do not get good seed-to-soil contact. Different grass seed species require different amounts seeded per 1,000 square feet for best results. Kentucky Bluegrass seeds are smallest, go the farthest, and can spread via rhizomes to fill in bare spots over time. Tall, Chewings, Creeping, and Hard Fescues along with Perennial Ryegrass are larger seeds which require more pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet to do an adequate job. Follow seeding rates on packages for best results. See our grass seed varieties.
Fertilizers and controls for weeds, insects and disease are a whole different story when it comes to applying too much or too little, let’s first explore fertilizers. Fertilizers are designed to supplement plant growth when the soil does not provide sufficient nutrients for optimal growth. Different plants have different requirements so the market has supplied many different formulas based on the N-P-K numbers on the bag. The first number is Nitrogen (N) which is needed for “green” growth, the second number provides Phosphorous (P) which encourages strong root growth, and the third number is for Potassium (K) which helps supply disease resistance and overall plant health. More does not mean better!
There is some leeway with the amount applied of lawn and garden products but too much Nitrogen can burn existing grass blades and kill the plant. Nitrogen is the main nutrient to be concerned about with over-application. Excessive amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium can negatively affect grass growth and can contribute to ground water contamination and algae blooms in rivers, lakes, and bay areas. Grass plants can only absorb and utilize certain amounts of nutrients so leaching or a buildup of nutrients in the soil does no good for the plant, soil, and water quality.
Over applying or misuse of pesticides can be detrimental to grass plants and the environment too. All pesticides offered to the market are vigorously screened by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. These products are determined to work properly when used within the label directions and proper application rates. Too much weed killer can damage or kill desirable lawn areas. Too much insecticide may kill desirable insects and fungicide overuse is both a waste of money and is not good for the environment. Follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) guidelines in order to keep pesticide use to a minimum. Be sure to monitor pests and target pesticide use following label directions.