Fertilizing is very important for grass to grow healthy, green and lush. It gives the grass and its plants all the required nutrients it needs to grow, as well as the ability to resist diseases and survive the hot and cold weather.
In this guide you can find all the tips and tricks you need for successful fertilization, so keep reading to have the greenest and healthiest grass on the block.
What Is Fertilizer?
First of all, it is important to understand what fertilizer is. Fertilizer functions more like a set of building blocks rather than as food for your lawn, as we usually perceive it. Your lawn plants use these blocks to put all of their parts together in a way. The main ingredients are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and their percentage is marked on the label in that order as N-P-K.
Each of these ingredients has its own role. The nitrogen takes care of the green parts of the plant, i.e., makes the grass greener and grow faster. The phosphorous serves for the development of roots, and roots are very important for grass and plants because they support them and help them spread, so that you have a thick and lush lawn.
The potassium gives strength to the plants’ cells and helps them develop disease resistance as well as tolerance to hot and cold weather.
Which Fertilizer Should I Use?
Fertilizer comes in two forms – there are synthetic ones and the organic ones. Both types have the required ingredients – nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium – so it doesn’t matter which one you use. The main difference is in the way they work, i.e., how long they last.
The synthetic fertilizers are usually timed and coded, so those particles usually last for around four to six weeks. When it comes to organic ones, they break down relatively slowly. They are broken down by the good bacteria and fungi from the soil, so they provide natural slow-release, long-lasting nutrients for your lawn.