Fertilization is key to having a lawn that is evenly laid and colored. If your lawn is suffering from unevenness or discoloration, it could possibly benefit greatly from added fertilization to promote new growth and keep the existing growth healthy. Fertilization is not only good for your lawn’s grass and plants, but it helps maintain adequate moisture in the soil below, allowing for hydration and stimulation.
Some of the obvious benefits of fertilization can include new, healthy growth amongst your lawn, especially in parts that are suffering from deterioration, dryness, or discoloration. Fertilization also helps rid the lawn of potential weeds that tend to overlap onto new growth and can make existing growth unhealthy. Along with weeds, grass that is prone to them may also be more prone to infestations or disease. With short and health grass that has been properly fertilized, you prevent the carrying and spreading of disease on your lawn more efficiently.
Applying fertilizer requires methods and techniques that are important to ensuring its overall functionality and effectiveness. If fertilizer is applied incorrectly, you run the risk of allowing weeds, infestations, and disease to linger in your lawn, without knowing whether or not the fertilizer was able to perform appropriately. We often find that the best time to fertilize is at the beginning of a new season. When the decaying plants have cycled and it is time for new growth, adding fertilizer to the ground helps jumpstart that process and can leave you with a beautiful lawn, once Spring has come into full effect. In order for fertilizer to enhance your lawn’s overall growth, it should be applied evenly across the lawn using machinery that helps to do so. uneven application can, again, result in certain parts of your lawn outperforming others.
Although it may sound redundant to water your lawn regularly, it is especially important to do when fertilizing your lawn. Your lawn should be thoroughly watered a few days before fertilizing the area so it is adequately retaining moisture. Fertilizer is then applied and your lawn should lightly be watered again after application to help move the fertilizer into the soil. For lawns that are a bit dryer, they may require using a spading fork to massage the fertilizer into the soil better.
Like spading forks, the process of aeration helps to open up the top layer of soil in your lawn. Some lawns that have dryer dirt and appear dustier than others will require aeration. These are also lawns that have not seen new growth for some time and can benefit from the use of extra penetration to ensure that both water and fertilizer is adequately distributed into the ground. Aeration does not harm your lawn in any way, but rather opens up and creates pores for the soil to better absorb vitamins and nutrients. Soil that hasn’t been aerated for a long while typically hardens and can resist the application of water and fertilizer. Check out our tree care service.