Control your weeds! When weeds are growing at their peak is the best time for them to be controlled. A liquid weed control is the best but make sure you spray it on a a calm day with no wind so the spray wont drift to other plants and keep the sprayer below your waist. If its bad for weeds its probably bad for humans to so be careful. The plastic hose-end sprayers are cheap and is an efficient way to distribute the liquid weed killer. Just label this sprayer so it wont be mistaken for fertilizer.
Study your weeds. Look at the abundance of weeds in your yard, where they grow and what kind they are. Weeds tell us a lot about out lawn, this is a list of just a couple:
Abundance of clover means your soil is low in nitrogen.
Mosses live in a more acidic environment.
Plantain grows in lawns that have poorly drained soil.
Now lets be honest your lawn could give a hoot what kind do lawn food you feed it. Now what does matter is frequency, for a final appearance and overall health. Switching between the liquid and dry fertilizers between feeds will give best results as long as your using half the recommended dosage at application.
The main goal of many homeowners is a lively lush lawn, but your lawn will need your help to achieve this goal. Fertilizer is the nutrients that gives your lawn the essentials its needs to thrive and look its best.
The soil contains some of the nutrients your lawn needs but during the growing season they fall short to supply these nutrients through out the entire season. An actively growing lawn uses a great deal of energy and fertilizer helps replenish the nutrients by encouraging :
- Roots to grow deep and strong
- New leaf growth
- Pest damage recovery
- Weed control
There are different types of fertilizers that will help you reach your goals of a beautiful lawn. There are granular and liquid fertilizers available. A Well known fertilizer that I have had really great success with is Miracle Grow.
1. Liquid fertilizers: These are the fastest way to get the nutrients to the roots. They are quickly absorbed but need to be applied more frequently. Most are mixed with water before application either with a garden hose or one gallon jug would suffice. Applications are applied in 2-3 week intervals.
2. Granular fertilizers: These types of fertilizers are applied with spreaders and watered into the soil.The advantage to using granular fertilizer is that you can actually see how much fertilizer you are applying and also where the application is being applied.
Granular fertilizers are produced in two forms: Quick-Release and Slow-Release.
- Quick-release last about 3-4 weeks depending on the amount of rainfall. These are mostly used on commercial properties for quick results.
- Slow-release are coated to give a more controlled feeding.
Of course the longevity of both is strictly depending on rainfall.
Weed and Feed is commonly known as a fertilizer that controls weed production in your lawns. They usually attack the broad leaf weeds that we all despise such as dandelions or the despicable crabgrass. If you are not careful and stay on top of your lawn these weeds will take over in a matter of just a couple of season depending on the size of your lawn.
Pre-emergent weed killers are commonly applied before weeds germinate. Take crabgrass for example, it normally germinate around 60 degree Fahrenheit, so as soon as the last frost your first application should be applied. A second application should follow about a month later.
Timing of the application of both is critical for success. If you plan to sow grass seed make sure that the time interval between applying weed and feed is done in a proper time frame from sowing. Read the package carefully before selecting to be sure which product fits your needs.
Organic fertilizer is an alternative to traditional types of fertilizer that is more environmentally friendly. For the most part they are water-insoluble, neutral in ph and have a moderate nitrogen content. Synthetic fertilizers have a higher nitrogen content but come with side effects that could be damaging to the long haul of your lawn. Unlike organic fertilizers, the synthetics harm the main components of the lawn that hide underneath the beautiful grass. Natural components such as beneficial organisms like the earthworm which helps breakdown composts such as thatch and excrete as a natural healthy food for the grass to consume.
There are an abundant sources of natural nitrogen in most local garden centers. Most organic fertilizers are available in granular and liquid forms just like synthetic fertilizers. Always choose an organic fertilizer that is made with ingredients that are both renewable and sustainable. These would include fertilizer made from feather meal, bone meal, alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal or corn gluten meal. Another organic alternative to fertilizer is compost or composted manure.
When reading the back of the fertilizer you plan to buy there will be three numbers that will help you make a better choice for your lawn. These three numbers are called NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium). To break it down:
- Nirogen (N): Leaf development and green color
- Phosophorus (P) : Root growth
- Potassium (K): Development of roots and disease prevention
These are some quick tips when planting or maintaining your lawn.
In late fall, when you put your gardens and lawn to bed, use a product such as Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard Fall Fertilizer. It will help your lawn grow deeper and thicker root systems and give you a boost for a greener spring lawn for the following year. You can also seed again at this time, but do it before fertilizing the lawn.
If you follow these steps, you are sure to have a thick green lawn which will add much appeal to your home. With a little care and maintenance, your lawn will look beautiful and be healthy for years to come.