Fertilizing your lawn is one key component of lawn care. The right type of fertilizer can work wonders. The wrong type can burn your lawn. How can you tell which is which?
High Percentage Nitrogen Fertilizer: Good Lawn Maintenance?
A lot of people jump to the conclusion that it is better to use a lawn fertilizer with a 10-10-10 ratio as part of good lawn maintenance. Nitrogen fertilizer with a high percentage isn’t a bad idea in and of itself, however. It is how much you use, and how much you put down.
Assuming the amount you put down on the lawn is adjusted accordingly, the higher the nitrogen percentage , the less you’ll need. In addition, with controlled-release fertilizer, even though the percentage nitrogen in the product may be high, the risk of burning the lawn is low. Fast release nitrogen fertilizers, on the other hand often contain high levels of salt and can easily burn your lawn. Maintaining your lawn properly is all about following instructions or calling a professional lawn care service in. And what about organic fertilizer?
Organic Fertilizer and Lawn Care
Regardless of whether a fertilizer is organic or chemical based it must be able to be converted into a form that the grass can use. Organic fertilizers lower the chance of burning grass. However, many organic nitrogen fertilizers have a low nitrogen percentage, meaning you’ll need to use more. Some materials, like compost, are not fertilizers as such, they’re soil conditioners.
Both organic and some synthetic fertilizer sources require microbes in the soil to break them down. So if it is too cold outside, the fertilizers will not work effectively. Inversely, if it is too hot you could burn your lawn. As you see there is a lot to consider when you do lawn care.
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