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Get the Right Green: Fertilization and Your Front Lawn

Thursday, March 06, 2014

We all want a beautiful, lush, green lawn, but how do you get one? In this post, we'll discuss different types of fertilizers and fertilization techniques based upon what type of lawn you have.

Grass Types

Having two grass types in a lawn is a common way to keep your lawn green and lush year-round. These types of grass are based on the temperatures they grow best in, referred to as warm-season and cool-season grasses. Cool-season grasses grow best in the fall and spring, but subside during the hot summer months, when warm-season grasses grow best. The different grasses have different fertilization needs, usually on a 5-7 week rotation.

Warm Season Grasses

Bermuda, zoysia, and centipede grasses require regular applications of lime, which raises the pH of acidic soils, as well as one spring, two summer, and one fall application of fertilizer.

Cool Season Grasses

Tall fescue, bentgrass, and rye grasses also require regular lime applications and fertilizer before both growing seasons, as well as once in the summer.

Dual Grass Lawn Fertilization

Because many lawns use both types of grasses, you can fertilize both grass types at once. By fertilizing once very early in spring and then twice each in the spring, summer, and fall will give you an excellent lawn through the year.

How Much to Use

The best way to determine your lawn's needs is by having a comprehensive soil test conducted. Though you can get soil test kits at many garden centers, these will only provide crude and somewhat inaccurate results. Having a quality soil test performed through an independent company or your county extension service will provide a detailed analysis of how much lime is needed, as well as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels needed for your different grass varieties.

Application Types

Fertilizers are applied through different application methods. Pelletized or powdered fertilizer can be applied using a fertilizer spreader, with powder giving faster availability to your grass for acute mineral deficiencies requiring fast correction. Larger pellets provide longer-term release for more even feeding over a longer period of time. Liquid fertilizers can be applied while watering the lawn. A siphon system injects a ratio of liquid fertilizer into the irrigation water, cutting your lawn work in half.

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