Picking a Fertilizer For Your Lawn

Knowing what type of fertilizer to use for your lawn can get a little confusing as you stare at the different types available down the aisle at your local big box home store. It helps to know what type of grass you have: warm season, cool season or a combination of both types of grasses. It’s also a good idea to have your soil tested to determine what nutrients your lawn may be lacking.

Picking a Fertilizer for your lawn

What Your Lawn Needs Most

All lawn fertilizers have three main nutrients:

Nitrogen (N)
Phosphorous (P)
Potassium (K)
The most important nutrient that your lawn needs is nitrogen. When you look at a bag of fertilizer, you’ll see three numbers, such as 10-10-10 that represent the amount of the three nutrients in NPK order.

A fertilizer with herbicide in it may be for a specific purpose, such as a pre-emergent herbicide that needs to be applied before weeds like crabgrass germinate or to treat weeds that have already sprouted, like dandelions. As a preventative, or to treat lawns with insect activity, you may choose a fertilizer that contains a pesticide.

When to Use What

Cool-season grasses go semi-dormant during the summer months, but start waking up in the fall. This makes the beginning of fall a good time to fertilize. An early spring application will help get warm-season grasses ready to go. Most lawns require a minimum of four and sometimes eight applications of fertilizer throughout the year.

Sound confusing? You can avoid confusion and make sure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs by taking advantage of the lawn fertilization services Terra Bites offers.