Giving your grass the best start to the year begins with spring lawn care. An essential step in caring for your Georgia lawn is fertilization. Here in Georgia, our lawns are typically made up of warm-season grasses which require different products, strategies, and timing than cool-season grasses. Here are a few spring lawn fertilization tips for warm-season grasses in Georgia.
Fertilizing your lawn is a lawn care step that can’t be skipped throughout the year. The grass in your lawn is a living, breathing, eating organism that requires nutrients and water to thrive. While many of these nutrients are provided by nature, fertilizers are a great way to supplement and boost the nutrients needed for grass growth and beauty. In short, your lawn needs to eat and fertilizers are the fastest, most efficient way to feed it.
Spring lawn fertilization is one of the most essential steps in establishing a healthy and beautiful lawn. As the grass wakes from its winter dormancy, it’s vulnerable to a number of threats. From weeds and pests to diseases and fungus, spring is a tough time on our Georgia lawns. Without the right nutrients at the right time, the lawn struggles to stay healthy. With spring lawn fertilization, your grass has everything it needs to grow and “green up” quickly, improving the lawn’s immune system.
The warm-season grasses in your lawn require certain nutrients to grow as strong and as beautiful as possible. Nutrients like carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen are provided by the air and water, but some nutrients need to be absorbed from the soil. The main nutrients that plants, like your grass, need are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen helps the lawn grow and stay green throughout the year. Phosphorus helps the grass use and store energy through photosynthesis, allowing the grass to grow healthy all year. Potassium helps strengthen the grass against diseases and fungi as well as environmental stress from temperature changes and drought conditions.
All complete lawn fertilizers contain these three nutrients and the quantities are listed on the bag as N-P-K. If you see a bag that says 16-4-8, it means that the fertilizer contains 16% Nitrogen, 4% Phosphorus, and 8% Potassium based on the weight of the bag. Knowing the right mix of nutrients and the best fertilizer for your lawn requires a professional soil test from a lawn care provider near you. Here at Environmental Turf Management, we begin every lawn care program with a soil test to help determine the customized mix of fertilizers that will best benefit your lawn.
The key to spring lawn fertilization isn’t just the type of fertilizer you use, but it’s the timing of your application as well. A poorly-timed application of fertilizer can be just as damaging to the lawn as applying the wrong amount of fertilizer. For your spring lawn fertilization, wait until your warm-season grass greens-up and starts growing again. An application of lawn fertilizer at this early stage in the grass’ growth ensures it starts its year right.
Here at Environmental Turf Management, we know the importance of getting your spring lawn fertilization done right. That’s why we offer spring lawn fertilization services with our 7-Step lawn care program. Not only do you get premium fertilization services throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but you’ll also get weed control, insect control, and disease control throughout the year. Give your lawn the best treatment available with lawn care services from Environmental Turf Management.
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