What If I Don’t Fertilize My Lawn?

April 17, 2019 | By PurpleCare

With the warm weather around the corner, you may be wondering what will happen if you don’t fertilize your lawn. You have a couple of different things that you should keep in mind with your lawn to get the most from before the weather gets hotter and dryer.

First, for plants to grow, they will need nutrients, moisture and light. The moisture will come from the rainfall and manure or compost.

How to Know When to Use Fertilizer

Lawn fertilization can have a big impact on the greenness of your grass. However, this won’t help in every case because, in some situations, the problem doesn’t stem from a lack of nutrients.

It can stem from excessive shade or poorly drained soils. In these cases, the lawn most likely won’t respond to the extra nutrients.

lawn fertilization

Different Types of Fertilizer

When it comes to fertilizing your lawn, you have a few different types of options that gets used for your lawn. The different types of fertilizer can include:

  • Cottonseed
  • Manure
  • Bone meal
  • Compost
  • Feather meal
  • Alfalfa meal
  • Blood meal

You also have organic fertilizers, and oftentimes, they will come with higher nutrient contents. You should look at both the grade and the type of fertilizer that you plan to use on the lawn.

What you should use will depend on the soil test recommendations. With nearly every analysis for fertilizer, first, you will see the number representing the nitrogen, and second, phosphorus percentage.

What are the Requirements of Fertilization?

The amount of fertilizer that you should apply will largely depend on the climate and the grass type that you have. In understanding the right amount to pour will help you in getting the best results from the fertilizer you use.

Some soils will respond to this better than others. The grass that grows in the shade will be more succulent, and it will have less of a root system than the other types. Let’s say that you have one of the turf grasses, and it grows on a sandier soil.

In these cases, you will need to apply nitrogen more often than with the other. When you mow the lawn, do you also remove the grass clippings?

Grass clippings will have between three to four percent nitrogen, and this gets recycled through the soil using the grass clippings. In the end, it can ultimately lead to a greener and healthier looking lawn.

before and after lawn fertilization

Should I Hire a Professional?

Having a professional will almost always be a great idea because you have someone else who takes care of the lawn for you. Especially if you have a busy schedule with taking care of your children and work. Having a professional who can manage your lawn care will keep the grass in control and looking green throughout the springtime and into the summer season.

So, why hire a professional lawn company:

  • Understanding of how to keep grass green.
  • Works on the lawn so that you don’t have to.
  • Keeps your property looking fresh with curb appeal.
  • Will understand what needs to happen if it is dry or too hot in order to maintain the growth.

Having a professional company on hand can especially be a good choice for those individuals who have gotten older and they need assistance because mowing the lawn can feel like a lot of work. You earned your retirement, and you have the right to use your time any way you want.

Having a caring professional on hand can help you to take care of the weeds on the property and keep it looking fresh. They can also handle the lawn fertilizing for you. Since this can be a tedious and laborious task, having someone on hand who can help you will be one of the best routes that you can take.

Lawn Fertilization

Knowing When to Apply Fertilizer

A true landscape professional will have a good understanding of when you need to apply the fertilizer. In general, you should do the first application of fertilizer after you have mowed the grass the second time.

This helps to ensure that the grass has begun to grow at a natural pace, and you can step in to fertilize the grass. At that point, a professional will readily apply the nitrogen into the grass for the best results.

Having a true lawn professional on hand can also help you to conduct weed control without worry that the grass will get killed in the process. Professionals have a deep understanding of how to proceed and what to do to get the best results. Also, you should fertilize a spring garden in the same way that you might fertilize a fall garden. If you’d like to learn more, Purple Care will have a team of experienced professionals ready to assist you.

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