Fertilizer Fundamentals

When it comes to fertilizing your lawn, quantity and timing are two of the most important factors to consider. Though some may say more is better, this is not the case when it comes to fertilizers.

Fertilizers are primarily made up of three nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These each subsequently help with green growth, root strength and disease prevention. Nitrogen is the most harmful to your lawn when an excess amount is applied because it can actually burn the grass blades and kill the system. An over abundance of fertilizer can also do harm to more than your lawn. Grass can only absorb a certain amount of these nutrients, so what is left builds up in the soil and can even contaminate ground water. This can then cause harm to your neighbors' yards as well as the general local ecosystem. So the next time you decide to apply some fertilizer, be sure that you know how much is the right amount for your needs.

The next step to how much to use is when to apply your fertilizer. First thing in early spring is when you should begin your initial application. This first step helps boost the grass as the temperatures begin warming up as well as aid in prevention of crabgrass growth. If you are planning to seed, early spring, after frost is no longer a concern, is the time to do so before the heat of summer can burn away new seedling growth. There are multiple other times throughout the growing season that fertilizer should be applied to help with growth and prevention of weeds. Cuttin' It Close has a six step fertilizer and weed control program to ease your lawn's growth to ensure the right quantities are added at the proper times. We always offer a free grub control with the purchase of a 6-step program!

So whether you are wanting complete help with your lawn and landscaping or just need some assistance in a certain area, be sure to contact Cuttin' It Close Lawn Care and Landscaping. We offer FREE estimates and would be delighted to help. Call us at 309.692.7400 to receive your free estimate.