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Lawn Care and Fertilizing Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn is one key component of lawn care.  The right type of fertilizer can work wonders.  The wrong type can burn your lawn.  How can you tell which is which?

High Percentage Nitrogen Fertilizer:   Good Lawn Maintenance?

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A lot of people jump to the conclusion that it is better to use a lawn fertilizer with a 10-10-10 ratio as part of good lawn maintenance. Nitrogen fertilizer with a high percentage isn’t a bad idea in and of itself, however.  It is how much you use, and how much you put down.

Assuming the amount you put down on the lawn is adjusted accordingly, the  higher the nitrogen percentage , the less you’ll need. In addition, with controlled-release fertilizer, even though the percentage nitrogen in the product may be high, the risk of burning the lawn is low.  Fast release nitrogen fertilizers, on the other hand often contain high levels of salt and can easily burn your lawn.  Maintaining your lawn properly is all about following instructions or calling a professional lawn care service in.    And what about organic fertilizer?

Organic Fertilizer and Lawn Care

Regardless of whether a fertilizer is organic or chemical based it must be able to be converted into a form that the grass can use.  Organic fertilizers lower the chance of burning grass. However,  many organic nitrogen fertilizers have a low nitrogen percentage, meaning you’ll need to use more.   Some materials, like compost, are not fertilizers as such, they’re soil conditioners.

Both organic and some synthetic fertilizer sources require microbes in the soil to break them down.   So if it is too cold outside, the fertilizers will not work effectively.  Inversely, if it is too hot you could burn your lawn.  As you see there is a lot to consider when you do lawn care.

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Lawn Care and Fertilizing Your Lawn

Lawn care is a series of processes.  One process that is often neglected is fertilizing.

Fertilizing Your Lawn 101

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As lawn care professionals we’re often asked how we fertilize a lawn. It’s actually very simple.  First off, we only use a high quality fertilizer, and we carefully measure  the right amount.  Timing is everything with fertilizer.  It must be applied at the right time of the year. Back east, a lot of people fertilize in early May, early September, and early November.

Because Arizona has a much more extreme environment, however, the times of year to fertilize differ greatly.  Generally early spring and late fall are best for a lawn care regimen including fertilizing.  Why are these times of year the best?  Simple, they help to reduce your lawn getting scorched by the fertilizer combined with the excessive heat.

Types of Fertilizer Used in Lawn Care

Fertilizer can basically be classified into three classes:  chemical-based, organic, and hybrid, and they each have their pluses and minuses where lawn care is concerned.   Chemical fertilizers contain  controlled-release nitrogen.  The amount of nitrogen to apply is about one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn area .  You have to be careful with chemical fertilizers however, as the percentage of nitrogen can be too high and you may end up scorching your lawn.

Organic fertilizer is usually a combination of animal and/or plant waste.  It is better for the environment, however, like a lot of eco-friendly products, sometimes it isn’t as effective as it should be, generally because the nitrogen level is too low.  A hybrid uses both chemicals and organic compounds.  Often effective as a fertilizer, you have to make sure that the percentage of nitrogen is properly balanced.   Proper lawn care means that you also know what type of fertilizer works best for your lawn.

Fertilizing your lawn is an important part of keeping it up.  When you don’t know what to do, call in a professional lawn care company.

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