Lawn fertilizing is an important portion of any homeowners chores when working around their yard. The homeowner can choose to either do this themselves or hire a professional service to handle this job for them. Whichever decision is reached, it is very important that the homeowner understands what is being used on their lawn and why.
It is considered proper practice to fertilize a lawn a minimum of at least four times per year. Most states can get away with only twice a year as a minimum but for warmer climates that have a longer growing season, more applications will be necessary. The best time to apply the fertilizer is in the early spring and early fall for it to be the most effective.
The reason for fertilizing in the fall is to help strengthen the grass just before winter sets in to help it return in the spring. These winterizing type fertilizers are extremely important in keeping a lawn in good health all year round. These will help to stimulate the growth of the roots, helping the grass to make it through the toughest weather.
There are also products that not only feed the lawn but also kill weeds and prevent further weed growth. Though multi-tasking can be good, it is important to note that most weed and feed products contain pesticides. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and neurological diseases. In most yards, most of the product is wasted because it is spread over all areas of the yard, including spots containing no weeds. These chemicals then wash into streams and leach into ground water.
There are organic fertilizers that contain no chemicals and may be found locally. These contain nothing to harm the environment and can help to keep a lawn looking just as good as the ones that contain chemicals. The organic ones will also tend to release their nutrients at a much slower rate than the other fertilizers that are on the market.
One of the easiest all natural ways for lawn fertilizing is to evenly cover the grass with about a of compost. The compost can help to provide the lawn with much needed nutrients. Grass clipping also may be left on the lawn to help add extra nitrogen into the soil.
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