When you stroll through your neighborhood, you might notice that some lawns look infinitely better than others, maybe even your own. You rack your brain over what might be missing from your lawn care regimen. You mow regularly and at the appropriate height and time of day. You water your lawn just enough to give it a healthy drink rather than drowning it unnecessarily. You even pull weeds when they sprout up. So what gives? Why does their grass look like it has been imported from the Emerald Isle and yours looks like…well, bad? The answer may be very simple – fertilization. Fertilizer is vital to every lawn because your grass needs to eat, just like any other living organism. You may assume that grass gets what it needs without any human interaction, and on some level it does. However, it has to constantly fight with other plants that may be stronger and therefore can win most of the soil’s nutrients. There is also the possibility that the soil is just spent and does not have any more to offer. That is where fertilization comes in! So why is adding fertilization treatments to your lawn care regimen important? Fertilizer delivers the nutrients your grass needs during the peak growing season. Just like a growing child, the more food you give it, the more it can use that energy to grow strong and durable. This durability is very important. A lawn that is properly fertilized will become resistant to a number of things, such as weeds, pest infestations, and disease. Weeds can be highly detrimental to your lawn, as they steal the water, air, and nutrients that should be intended for the grass’ root system. Pest infestations, such as grubs, can also be devastating. Unwanted pests will use your lawn’s root system for food. While it will not be obvious at first, the depletion of the root system will prohibit the grass blades from taking in moisture, oxygen, and food. Eventually the lawn will turn brown and the blades themselves will become brittle. The grass will also become susceptible to disease. Grass that has been strengthened by fertilizer has a better chance of warding off destructive pests and diseases as well. Fertilizer also helps grass stay resilient to traffic. Especially during the summer months, the lawn is often the “go-to” place for many activities, especially if you have children. Months of summer picnics, birthday parties, cookouts, etc. can have an adverse effect on your lawn. If you have pets, you may notice they tend to have their favorite places to go in the yard and will unwittingly create their own trail. Fertilized grass helps the lawn bounce back after these activities because it is full of life and healthy. These are just a few reasons why fertilizer is an absolute must when it comes to revitalizing your lawn care regimen. While you can try to figure out how to fertilize your own lawn, it is best left to the professionals. Your local lawn care companies will have a better understanding of what your lawn specifically needs, how much, and when. Too much fertilizer can be bad for your lawn, and fertilizing at the wrong times is just a waste of money. Call your local lawn care company today to learn more about the benefits of fertilization.
March 8, 2018