There is a lot that goes into getting your lawn ready for the high-traffic months of spring and summer in Buffalo, Lancaster, East Amherst, NY and the surrounding areas. To withstand all the activity between mowing, kids running around, and entertaining guests, your grass needs to be fortified with various things like fertilizer, weed control, and insect control.
Getting your lawn ready for the year is a big task that involves many aspects but one of the most important things you can do in the spring is to fertilize your lawn.
The Essential Nutrients Included in Fertilizer
Your lawn needs three essential nutrients to thrive: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Each nutrient fosters different things within your grass. Nitrogen is used all year long because it helps produce chlorophyll, which is needed for maximum photosynthesis. Phosphorus helps roots grow strong, so it’s used for new grass mostly. Potassium helps plants retain water as well as other nutrients.
All three play a different role and lawn care experts like Buffalo Lawn & Pest Services can help determine the best kinds of fertilizer to use based on the health of your grass and soil.
When choosing fertilizer, it’s best to trust a lawn care professional. A fertilizer with too much or not enough of one nutrient can have adverse effects on your lawn!
Applying Fertilizer in the Spring
Overall, your yard should receive six treatments a year. Two of those should happen in the spring, one in early spring and one in late spring. The early spring treatment helps to bolster your lawn’s health. A balanced fertilizer should be applied at this time to get your lawn’s nutrients in gear for the rest of the year.
In late spring, you should work to create strength and growth of your grass blades. This is built by using a slow-release, balanced fertilizer. When your lawn is strong, it can handle all the activity of the spring and summer months.
You also want to make sure your lawn is ready to absorb fertilizer. If you start too soon, the soil could still be too cold from winter. Fertilizer that isn’t absorbed gets washed off when it rains and can end up in streams or rivers. Our lawn care professionals will make sure that your lawn is treated at the best time.
Our We Mean Green program ensures your lawn gets the best treatment all year long!
What Happens If You Don’t Fertilize Your Lawn
Without the key nutrients provided by fertilizer, your lawn can suffer greatly, especially when it sees heavy use. If your grass isn’t strong, it can’t fight off weed growth and it can be overtaken by those weeds. It can also be more prone to fungal lawn diseases and insect infestations.
Take these issues and others into account when scheduling your lawn care for the year and make sure that fertilizer is a big part of your plan.
Call us today to create a lawn care plan for your grass.
When it comes to fertilizer, we’re the pros. Reach us at (716) 961-9431 to discuss your lawn care and fertilizer needs! We can take into account the current health and state of your grass, and create a lawn care plan specific to it.