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Nitrogen and Your Lawn

Nitrogen and Your Lawn with the Lawn Care Nut

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Allyn Hane, “The Lawn Care Nut,” draws on his 15+ years of professional lawn care experience to break down exactly why Nitrogen is so important for your lawn’s health. “When it comes to the macro-nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium seem to get all the attention, but in today’s Toro Yard Hack, we’re going to talk about the leader of the pack, the alpha dog, the big growth pusher, the one…

Cultural Measures Count

How to Improve Your Lawn’s Health

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Ever wonder how to keep weeds from growing in your lawn and when to fertilize? Here are some key tips: Cut at the Right Height To promote healthier grass, mowing at to the right height is helpful in preventing weeds because keeping your turf longer helps block sunlight from weed seeds waiting to germinate. When weed seeds are evident, catch your grass clippings and dispose of them, rather than redistributing them…

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Work on the Down Low to Improve What’s on Top

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Horticulturists agree that time spent improving what is happening below the surface of a lawn greatly reduces the time needed to maintain what is on top of it.  The ideal soil for grass meets five requirements: 1) it is slightly acidic; 2) it contains an adequate supply of nutrients; 3) it allows for deep root growth; 4) it supports a thriving population of beneficial microbes, and 5) it retains adequate…

Measuring Your Lawn with the Lawn Care Nut

Measuring Your Lawn with the Lawn Care Nut

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Ever wonder how much fertilizer your lawn truly needs? Allyn Hane, “The Lawn Care Nut,” draws on his 15+ years of professional lawn care experience to explain how to get the measurements you need to answer this question. “One of the most common questions that I get asked these days, especially in the spring, is, ‘Allyn, how much fertilizer do I put on the lawn?’ And in today’s Toro Yard…

Understanding Fertilizer

Understanding Fertilizer with the Lawn Care Nut

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Why are there three numbers prominently displayed on every bag of fertilizer? Allyn Hane, “The Lawn Care Nut,” draws on his 15+ years of professional lawn care experience to answer that question and others. “You know those three numbers that you see on every single bag of fertilizer that’s on the shelf these days? Well, today, in our Toro Yard Hack, we’re going to talk about those three numbers, what…

Fertilizer Basics

Fertilizer Basics for Reducing Lawn Maintenance

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Grasses require at least 16 different essential elements for healthy growth, most of which are provided by the grass’s surrounding environment.  However, three of these elements, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), are needed in larger quantities and may require you to apply fertilizer to sustain healthy, vigorous turf. Nitrogen is the mineral nutrient required in the greatest quantity.  Not only is nitrogen responsible for enhancing the grass’s deep…

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. 

Fertilizer Guidelines

Adding Nutrients to Your Soil

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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…