Fertilizer is essential to keeping your lawn healthy and your plants growing strong. From liquid lawn fertilizer to organic lawn fertilizer, we have lots of options to keep your yard looking fresh.
Lawn fertilizers contain three primary nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (NPK). Nitrogen promotes rapid growth and lush green color. Phosphorous helps develop healthy root systems. Potassium boosts the overall health of your grass and helps with disease resistance, drought protection and cold tolerance.
Starter fertilizer has a high phosphorous count to support your root systems, while fertilizers for established lawns have a relatively low amount. Blood meal is an example of a fertilizer with a high nitrogen count.
The NPK listed on a bag of fertilizer indicates the percentage by weight of each of the three major nutrients. For example, a common type of all-purpose fertilizer is referred to as 10 10 10 fertilizer. That means the fertilizer contains an NPK ratio of 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorous and 10 percent potassium. The remaining ingredients contain other nutrients and fillers.
Fertilizer for Every Season
Choosing the right fertilizer depends on the season. We have a wide selection of fall fertilizer, spring fertilizer and summer fertilizer.
The ideal time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall while grass is growing and storing nutrients. Your lawn fertilizing schedule will depend on what type of grass you have and the type of fertilizer you’re using.
After fall, spring is the next most important time of the year to fertilize your lawn. Fertilize your lawn as soon as the dormant grass is at least 50 percent green again.
Summer can be hard on lawns because of heat, drought, insects and increased foot traffic. Feeding your lawn with slow-release fertilizer at the start of summer will help keep your grass healthy and green throughout the season.
To eliminate pesky weeds without damaging your grass, use weed and feed fertilizer. Avoid using weed and feed if you plan to reseed your lawn in the same season. You can apply weed and feed in the spring and overseed in the fall and be safe.
Pre-emergent fertilizers provide nutrition for your lawn while also helping to prevent weeds. These fertilizers strengthen and encourage growth in your lawn’s roots, crowding out weeds.
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