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Fertilizer Basics

Fertilizer Basics

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Grasses require at least 16 different essential elements in their diets, most of which are provided by the grass’s surrounding environment.  However, even with a low-maintenance lawn, you will still need to fertilize with nitrogen (N) to sustain thick, vigorous turf.  In addition to enhancing the grass’s deep green color, nitrogen is also responsible for the sturdy growth and shoot density needed to fight off weeds and to stand up…

Fertilizer Guidelines

Fertilizer Guidelines

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North and South The optimal time to apply fertilizers is when the grass roots and blades are actively growing.  Apply fast-release fertilizers at a rate of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Slow-release fertilizers usually require a higher rate of application. 

Fertilizer Guidelines

Step 4. Add Nutrients

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Use a slow-release fertilizer, and avoid putting down more fertilizer than you need. Adding too much nitrogen can cause rapid growth and a thinning of plant cell walls, which makes grass more susceptible to disease. The excess fertilizer may also leach and eventually find its way into waterways, polluting them. Tested Soil When restoring a lawn, apply the fertilizer as recommended by the results of your soil test. Untested Soil If you…