Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
No, we're not setting up a science experiment, we're getting ready to fertilize the lawn! You need nitrogen for leaf growth, phosphorus for root growth and seed formation, and potassium to remain overall vitality.
At Mowtown Equipment, we focus a lot on cutting and maintaining your grass, but the key to a beautiful lawn is getting the grass to grow!
There are many ways to fertilize your lawn, from using natural fertilizer or manufactured, dry fertilizer or liquid, and we're here to break down some things to keep in mind before you go to work!
- For the most part, lawns will need five to six applications of fertilizer per year, depending on the type of grass you have, the fertilizer, and your soil.
- Timing is key when it comes to fertilization. Typically, you'll hear that springtime is the best for fertilization, but in reality, fall fertilization is the most important. Warms-season grasses need one last application to carry their color and growth into the winter. Cooler season grasses rely on the application to develop root systems and nutrients for growing season.
- Fertilizing allows for weed control. When you fertilize in spring, you can add pre-emergent herbicides to kill weed seedlings.
- Back to the science of fertilization: You'll see three prominent numbers on a fertilizer bag. These represent the amount in percentage by weight of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. A soil test will determine the amount of each your lawn needs, but nitrogen levels fluctuate.
Hopefully some of these tips were helpful, and get your lawn growing strong this summer! make sure you check out some of the lawn mowers on our website so once the growing starts, you can maintain it!