Time to Fertilize Your Lawn

Spring is the perfect time of year to give your lawn a boost with some fertilizer.   Spring time lawn fertilizer is crucial for a lush lawn year-round.  Just as homeowners embark on spring cleaning within their home, it is just as important to nurture your lawn. Applying fertilizer is a vital part of “spring cleaning” for your lawn, but you must pay careful attention to the type of fertilizer you use and how much you apply.

The primary reason spring lawn care is important is to prepare the lawn for the dehydrating months of summer.  Many grass types need to establish a strong and sturdy root system in the spring to endure the harsh conditions of summer.  Therefore, a lawn needs tender loving care as the spring time approaches.  This small step is highly beneficial if the right amount is applied to your lawn.

Too Much Fertilizer Is Not a Good Thing.  Oftentimes, people get ‘fertilizer happy’ when it comes to feeding their lawn. While they have good intentions – to obtain an incredibly green lawn; an excessive amount of spring lawn fertilizer can cause weed growth and disease.

In addition to limiting the amount of fertilizer you apply to your lawn, it is also important that you do not apply the fertilizer at the very start of spring.  Many homeowners are eager to get outside and begin yard work immediately, but early spring fertilization can actually defeat the purpose of feeding your lawn.  Although your lawn will develop into a beautiful green color after application, fertilizing it too early in the spring encourages top growth and damages the root system. If the roots of a lawn are fragile and weak they are less likely to withstand the dry and hot conditions of summer.  The spring lawn fertilizer you choose should include less nitrogen and more phosphorous to promote strong and healthy roots.

Many homeowners make is thinking that lawn care and maintenance begins in the spring. Achieving a healthy lawn requires ongoing maintenance. Think of it like this: A person who exercises frequently and regularly is likely to be healthier than someone who only works out vigorously during particular periods of the year. The same is true for lawn care. While spring lawn fertilizer and maintenance is an important step to obtaining a beautiful lawn; a lawn must be nurtured throughout the year.  We will keep you updated on the latest lawn and garden tips to keep your outdoor areas healthy year round!

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