Various Types of Lawn Fertilizer
If you're looking for a bright, green lawn that you can sink your toes into all summer then you need to invest in a good lawn fertilizer. The best types of fertilizer will help your lawn reach its full, lush potential.
Whether you're diving into lawn care for the first time or have been in the game for a while, North Texas Lawns is here to help you achieve all of your lawn goals -- starting with understanding the different types of lawn fertilizer out there.
Grass Fertilizer Numbers
Before purchasing fertilizer, you'll want to become familiar with the important grass fertilizer numbers to ensure that your lawn is getting all the nutrients it needs to be a quality Texas lawn.
On the back of your fertilizer bag, there are three numbers. These numbers indicate the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium found in your bag. These are considered the primary nutrients your lawn needs to be fertilized properly. A basic fertilizer mix will container a 20-5-10 ratio.
Nitrogen promotes foliar growth. It is also what gives your lawn that welcoming green color. Phosphorus is helpful in establishing the roots of your grass and encouraging any future flower growth that you may have in mind. Potassium works to enhance the use of nitrogen in your plants. The right mix of all these will help your lawn flourish like never before.
Performing a soil test on your lawn will help you indicate which nutrients are lacking in your dirt. If your soil's pH (acidity) is too low or too high, your grass won't be able to soak up the necessary nitrogen it needs to survive.
North Texas Lawns can help you test your lawn soil to see where it is lacking and help you apply the best fertilizer to treat your lawn right.
Types of Lawn Fertilizers
There are quite a few different lawn fertilizers that you can consider for your lawn.
Granular fertilizers are most commonly used for lawns as there is better control over how much is being applied and where it is being applied.
Granular fertilizers come in two types of formulas. You can choose from quick-release or slow-release. Quick-release fertilizers are water-soluble fertilizers. This means that nitrogen is immediately released into your lawn and the fertilizer lasts about 3-4 weeks in your lawn soil, depending on temperature fluctuation and rainfall.
Slow-release fertilizers are water-insoluble, which allows them to last about 8-12 weeks in your soil -- again, depending on the amount of rainfall. Slow-release fertilizers do not need to be applied as often because they are slowly releasing the nutrients into your lawn.
Liquid fertilizers are extremely fast-acting. Once they hit your lawn, they are going to start releasing nutrients immediately. Because of this fast absorption, application of this type of fertilizer tends to be every 2-3 weeks, to make sure your lawn is constantly nourished.
If you're looking to fertilize your lawn as we head into summer, the time to act is now. Give North Texas Lawns a call to discuss the best treatment options for your lawn.
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