THE BASICS OF AERATION
What it is. Why it matters.
Fertilizers contain the three main nutrients necessary for growth: Nitrogen for leaf growth, phosphorus for root growth and seed formation and potassium to maintain overall vitality. There are two basic kinds of fertilizer: natural or manufactured. Natural fertilizer can be a variety of substances ranging from manure to decomposed plant matter from grass clippings while manufactured fertilizer is comprised of minerals or synthetics produced in factories.
Lawn fertilizers are applied one of two ways, by broadcasting dry fertilizers or by spraying liquid types. Most dry fertilizers are water soluble and enter the soil over longer periods of time. The impact of liquid fertilizers is felt almost immediately but their results are shorter lived.
Here are a few tips for applying fertilizer:
If this all sounds reminiscent of a high school science class, there’s good reason. Lawn care does involve science. There is no cookie-cutter approach to a healthy lawn and there shouldn’t be too much guess work in figuring out what your lawn needs. To ensure your landscape gets the right care to ensure its maximum health, consult a trained lawn care expert who can determine what formulation is best suited for your lawn and soil conditions.