As a homeowner who loves your lawn, you know that fertilizer plays an important role in helping achieve a lawn that is healthy, green and lush. Since fertilizer is available at any number of local retailers, you might question whether you need to hire a lawn fertilizer service. Sure, you might be tempted to try the DIY route, but there's more to proper lawn fertilizing than simply tearing open a bag of fertilizer and spreading it around your yard. In fact, there's a great deal of science behind this type of lawn service.
That’s why hiring a lawn fertilizer service is a smart choice. A company that is well-versed in providing lawn fertilizer services will know what kind of fertilizer you need, how to apply it properly and when to apply it, based on your soil, climate and region.
Lawn Fertilizer Service: 3 Components For Success
A lawn fertilizer service understands that this process involves three primary considerations: proper ingredients, proper amounts and proper timing. Getting these three areas correct can help your lawn reach its fullest potential.
- Proper ingredients. Lawn fertilizing services understand that fertilizer comes in a variety of mixtures, and that it’s important to determine which mix is best for your lawn’s individual needs. Fertilizer is comprised of three major nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Nitrogen makes grass plants grow and become greener; phosphorus stimulates root growth and seedling development, and potassium promotes disease and drought tolerance. The analysis of fertilizer indicates the percentage (by weight) of these three nutrients, and is printed on the outside of every fertilizer package—such as 10-10-10 or 20-5-10. These numbers represent the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in that particular mix.
- Proper amounts. Fertilizing on the right schedule with the right ingredients works best when the proper amount is applied to your lawn. The first thing to do before applying fertilizer is to determine the square footage of your lawn. You can determine this figure by multiplying the length of your lawn by its width. Then, subtract the square footage of the house, driveway and areas not to be fertilized. For instance, if you have 34,020 total square feet, divide that number by the allowance per bag to get your answer: 34,020 / 5,000 = 6.8. You will need roughly seven bags of lawn fertilizer.
- Proper scheduling. Timing of fertilization treatments is equally important to achieve a healthy, green and thriving lawn. Proper lawn fertilizing service takes into account the "nitrogen release rate". How fast the nitrogen is released determines how fast the grass will "green up”, how much it will grow and how long the results will last. Lawn grasses require a steady, controlled feeding to produce a thick, green lawn. Controlled-release fertilizers deliver just enough quick-release nitrogen to produce a fast greening, while the balance is released gradually by microbial action in the soil over a period of approximately 8 weeks. As a result, there is a constant supply of nitrogen for the grass.
TruGreen®: Lawn Fertilizing Specialists
TruGreen® takes a scientifically tailored approach to your lawn care services. After you sign up for a plan, a TruGreen PhD-certified specialist will conduct a Healthy Lawn Analysis® and further tailor a plan that fits your lawn’s individual needs. Each full service lawn plan includes fertilization that uses a slow-release formula that is applied at key points in every season to stimulate and maintain growth. And for as long as your plan is in place, the TruGreen Healthy Lawn Guarantee® remains in effect; this gives you the assurance that your specialist will gladly visit your property as often as needed to make any necessary adjustments to ensure your satisfaction.
For more information about their lawn fertilizer services, visit TruGreen.com or call 866.688.6722 today.