Lawn Applications and Why Your Lawn Needs Them
Your lawn serves as more than just a pretty green, lush carpet to look at. It provides an enormous amount of oxygen and traps a whole slew of dust and dirt to help you and your family stay healthy. It gives your children a place to play outside and you a place to sit and relax. Therefore, keeping your lawn as healthy as it can be benefits you as well as the lawn. When it’s healthy, it can do its job better and you can enjoy it more.
There is more to keeping your lawn healthy than just mowing the grass. Complete, balanced fertilizations, weed and crabgrass control, aeration, and seeding are applications that will help your lawn remain healthy. Let’s talk about why you, the homeowner, need to provide these applications.
Complete, Balanced Fertilizations
Your grass needs nutrients to stay healthy. Of these, nitrogen is the most important as it is responsible for the growth and coloring of your grass. One way for the grass to obtain some nitrogen is to leave the grass clippings for the lawn to recycle; however, this absorption process is too slow for the grass clippings to meet all of your lawn’s nitrogen needs. Therefore, your lawn needs nitrogen in a complete, balanced fertilizer.
Phosphorus is important for root health and helping the grass fight disease. By stimulating root growth, phosphorus helps keeps your lawn thick and lush. Healthy grass roots absorb nutrients from the soil better resulting in a soft, thick lawn. Not having enough phosphorus in the soil results in weakened grass roots, which may result in the grass dying.
Potassium is the third major nutrient your lawn needs to remain healthy. It improves water intake, promotes root development, and helps absorb protein, starches, and sugar. If your lawn has low levels of potassium, it may have difficulty absorbing the nutrients that it needs to survive.
An ongoing, regular maintenance routine that includes a complete, balanced fertilizer gives your lawn the best chance to get healthy and stay that way.
Weed and Crabgrass Control
Weeds are competing with your lawn for water, space, light, and nutrients. Weeds can be pulled; however, if they are not completely dug out, the weeks will reproduce. The best way to control weeds is with regular fertilization, proper mowing, and correct watering practices. Another type of weed that can quickly overtake your lawn is crabgrass. One crabgrass plan can produce 150,000 seeds! It expands all over the ground resulting in a dense mat that smothers your lawn. The most effective way to avoid crabgrass is to keep your lawn healthy with the proper nutrients from a complete, balanced fertilizer.
Aeration and Seeding
Aeration perforates your lawn’s soil with small holes so that air, water, and nutrients penetrate the roots of the grass. This allows the roots to grow deep and produce a stronger, healthier lawn. If your lawn gets a lot of traffic, the soil can get compacted which restricts the flow of water and nutrients. Additionally, if you have thatch on your lawn, there is a good chance that water, air, and nutrients are not reaching the roots of your lawn. If your lawn looks worn out, it could be because the soil is compacted and needs aeration.
Seeding, reseeding, and over-seeding your lawn depends on several different factors. Some of them are the condition of your lawn, the type of grass you have, and whether or not you have damaged grass. There are correct times of year to seed, reseed, or over-seed and your lawn care maintenance company can help you determine the correct time for your type of lawn and climate.
Your grass provides you with a lot of benefits. Pay it back by keeping it healthy and giving it what it needs to thrive.