Good lawn care requires you to provide adequate irrigation, mow properly, control weeds, and fertilize regularly. Feeding your lawn from spring through fall will help it grow dark green in color, encourages strong root growth, and resist environmental stresses, like weeds and pests.
Here’s a short video that explains the NPK ratio, what to look for in a fertilizer, and the benefits of putting fertilizer on the lawn.
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Why Fertilize Your Lawn?
Most lawn nutrients are water-soluble. Over time, through rain and irrigation, these nutrients will be leached out of the soil, leaving your lawn malnourished. This means your lawn will be more susceptible to stress, resulting in patchiness, bare spots, browning, and weed invasion.
Fertilizer contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium; three nutrients that are vital to the health of your lawn.
- Nitrogen (N): This nutrient is responsible for the green color of your lawn as well as lush, vigorous growth.
- Phosphorus (P): This nutrient stimulates root growth and helps seeds sprout.
- Potassium (K): This nutrient works like a vitamin does for humans. It helps grass resist drought, disease, fungus, wear from foot traffic, and extreme weather conditions.