A vigorous green lawn increases the curb appeal, value, and livability of your home. In addition to sufficient water and correct mowing techniques, the right fertilizer is an essential part of proper lawn care. It will help create a lush carpet of grass that is resistant to weeds and pests. There are several factors that you should consider when selecting a fertilizer for your lawn.
The three major nutrients in fertilizers are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The percentage of each fertilizer by weight is listed on the front of the container as a row of three numbers separated by dashes. Listed first, nitrogen is considered the most important of the three ingredients. It is recommended that you apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. The higher the first number, the less fertilizer you will need to apply. Although the nutrient is essential, too much can also cause a variety of problems. The second number listed is the concentration of phosphorus, and the third number identifies the ratio of potassium contained in the product.
Fertilizers may contain fast- or controlled-release formulas. Typically recommended for most applications, time-released particles feed your lawn for an extended period and promote a uniform appearance. They are usually more expensive. Fast-release nutrients provide a swift boost so that your lawn will become green quicker. Applying too much can burn your lawn. Freshly seeded lawns usually require fertilizers that are high in phosphorus. Fertilizers are designed for application for specific seasons. In addition to the time of year and lifecycle, the most appropriate fertilizer for your lawn depends on the type of grass and the condition of the soil. The fertilizer formula may include a broadleaf weed killer or herbicide, which also determines when they should be applied and in what quantity. A professional lawn care team will identify your needs and apply the right formula at the correct time for the best results.
Despite your hard work, pests can still damage the appearance of your landscaping virtually overnight. It is important that infestations be eradicated as early as possible. While there are several consumer-grade pest control products available, many of these agents are not effective because they use a generic approach. The best way to eradicate pests is to entrust the work to a professional who utilizes a focused strategy based upon the pests actually present. This minimizes the risk of applying too much or too little pesticide. It is also essential to know when to apply these agents. Our team of professional exterminators has the expertise to identify the pests infesting your lawn and implement an effective solution. Contact us if you would like additional information or a complimentary no-obligation estimate.