With spring officially here, it’s now time to take to your yard and start getting your landscape looking beautiful. Last week, we advised on how to properly know your soil, the single most important element in preparing a new lawn and any garden areas. Here, let’s take a look at the overall necessities you’ll want to keep in mind when starting your lawn fertilization.
Preliminary Steps for Your Lawn
Although we’ve covered the importance of truly knowing your soil and performing the proper testing, it’s crucial that you remember before any lawn fertilization that it’s always the very first step that you want to take. Anytime the ground isn’t frozen you can test your soil for its nutrient content and organic matter composition. In order to get an accurate reading, mix about a pint of soil, total, from four or five different areas of the lawn by digging a few inches down to where the roots feed. Accurate test results will come from a local cooperative extension, but you can also buy at-home DIY soil test kits. Luckily, you’ll only need to add fertilizer depending upon the soil test results.
Timing is Everything
It’s very important for the success of your lawn fertilization that you conduct any steps during the right time of year. Although suggestions vary greatly regarding when fertilizing should begin depending upon where you live, a general rule of (green) thumb is to always lay down your fertilizer just before the rainy season. This is usually towards the end of spring and into summer, when the greatly potential for brief tropical storms and hurricanes occur. Although you’ll have to keep a good eye on your irrigation in the summer heat, the potential for heavy downpours still works as your best bet for lawn and garden growth.
A Final Thought on Fertilizer Types
After you’ve done your tests, you may find that your lawn is in need of some nutrients, specifically nitrogen. However — and this is very important — don’t use too much when applying it to your grass. Generally, two-thirds of high-nitrogen products have the potential to vaporize without affecting the grass, which can cause an environmental hazard and destroy your lawn. However, you can feel free to add organic compost at any time without worry!
Preparing for Spring with Evergreen Gene’s
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