The cold weather is starting to wash away, and warmer temperatures are upon us! Growing season for your lawn is about to kick into high gear, and Capital Sprinkling wants to make sure you’re ready. A healthy lawn needs a suitable nitrogen supply in order to look as green as possible. Many of our customers use fertilizer with a “NPK” label to signify the nitrogen supply. However, there are proper ways to disperse this fertilizer and nitrogen. Let’s go over a few basic lawn care techniques to avoid waste!
- Wait for temperatures to get warmer – Many companies and lawn care professionals will tell you that in the late winter and early spring, you need to lay down nitrogen based lawn fertilizer. While this is true, your soil should be around 55 degrees before you place it on the ground. When you fertilize too early, you’re basically laying down your money to blow back into the wind. As the soil begins to thaw, the biological activity that is occurring underneath the surface starts to wake up. Not sure how to tell if your soil is warm enough? Pay attention to plant activity (i.e., flowers), or you can use a soil thermometer to see if your ground has reached warmer levels.
- Raise or lower your lawn’s pH – Believe it or not, most unhealthy lawns are due to inconsistent pH levels in the soil. A lower pH level will limit the ability of your lawn to take in nutrients. Consider testing the pH levels of your lawn, and you’ll probably find out that they need to increase. What do you need to do if your pH levels are low? Look into fertilizer that contains lime and nitrogen. When these efforts are combined, your lawns nitrogen intake will be greater.
- Find a balance – There is solid evidence on healthy lawns and how nitrogen levels can truly make or break your green grass. If you only apply nitrogen-based fertilizer once, and in a large amount, you can potentially damage the roots of your grass. Unless you are continuously utilizing your sprinkler system year round, your grass could potentially die from lack of moisture, when nitrogen is applied this way. Additionally, nitrogen fertilizers should stay away from larger plants, such as shrubs and trees. This type of foliage has its’ own system for fertilization, and the grass method isn’t best. When you’re going to fertilizer your lawn with nitrogen, spread out your timing for proper application!
When you get ready to start fertilizing your lawn and applying nitrogen, give Capital Sprinkling a call for lawn testing and we’ll help you obtain the greenest grass possible! (248) 524-0885