Solving the Mystery of Lawn Fertilization

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, January 02, 2014

Lawn fertilization is about finding the perfect balance for nourishing your landscape.

Solving the Mystery of Lawn Fertilization

Laying sod or planting grass seed is an investment in the future of your home. Lawns can be a valuable addition to any home: a place to make memories, play games, eat meals, and spend time with friends and family. Having a healthy lawn will improve the quality of experience for children, pets, and guests.

But it’s one thing to talk about a healthy lawn, and another to keep your lawn healthy. That’s where fertilizer can be a valuable tool.

Fertilizing is a great way to infuse your lawn with nutrients that it might miss out on during the harsher months. Dry weather and cold weather can pose threats to your yard, and should be counterbalanced with extra attention.

To figure out which fertilizer would be right for your lawn, you’ll want to take a sample of your soil and test it. The soil is the foundation of any lawn and should be analyzed for specific deficiencies. For an accurate sample, take soil from the root level at either end of the yard.

You can buy DIY soil test kits at some hardware and gardening stores. Use these to test the soil and identify any plant nutrients it is missing. This is an inexpensive way to determine what your yard needs.

Once you have determined the supplements that your yard needs, time the fertilizing so that it can be most effective based on weather and temperature. If you fertilize during drought, for instance, you risk burning your lawn. The best time to fertilize is throughout a steady light rain.

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