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Tips on Selecting the Best Fertilizers for Your Lawn

August 13th 2020

Turfs thrive when there’s sufficient nutrient in the soil. The lush, green look your lawn sports is as a result of enough nitrogen in the ground. When these nutrients are lacking, then you need to fertilize to boost turf growth and development. If you don't fertilize, your lawn might become sickly, and the turf color will change to brown, and eventually die off.

Before choosing the best fertilizer for your lawn, consider conducting a soil test to determine the nutrients lacking in your soil, and then base your choice on the result.

Soil Testing

If a soil PH is too high or too low, turfs can’t effectively use nutrients. Regularly maintaining the lawn lowers soil PH over time. Soil testing reveals the nutrient level in your soil. You’ll also get nutrient advice from the tester and learn if your lawn needs lime. Lime renews PH balance and nutrient availability in the ground.

Benefits of Soil Test

Understanding what nutrients your lawn needs will help you choose a fertilizer. If your soil needs nitrogen, you'll select a fertilizer with high nitrogen content. If it lacks potassium, select a fertilizer high in potassium. Eden services can help determine what nutrients your lawn needs. Even if your lawn requires additional nutrients outside the three macro-nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium) such as Iron, our experts will help recommend a soil amendment. Soil amendments improve nutrient deficiencies in soil, which aids plant growth.

Choosing Your Lawn Fertilizer

●      Understand the Numbers

You might have noticed three-digit printed words on fertilizer labels. These numbers are called the NPK ratio. The numbers stand for the percentage of essential nutrients (N for nitrogen, P for phosphorous, and K for potassium) the fertilizer contains.

●      Select Your Type

Once you’ve chosen your best NPK number, you’ve got to decide between a synthetic and organic fertilizer. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. While organic fertilizers break down easily but need constant reapplication, synthetic fertilizers take time to break down but last for a longer time.

●      Find Your Formula

Fertilizers are in two formulas: liquid and granular. Liquid fertilizer comes either in a liquid form (to be diluted in water) or powdered (water is required to be added). It tends to require regular application than granular. It produces a quick result but poses a significant environmental risk. Granular is applied with a granular spreader, and it takes a while to disintegrate and deliver results.

●      Carefully Make Your Choice

You'd want to take cognizance of the steps mentioned earlier, visit the local garden shop around you, and carefully select a fertilizer that’ll be ideal for your lawn.

Choosing the best fertilizer for your lawn isn't as difficult as it sounds. You’ll need to conduct a soil test to determine the nutrient level, understand the NPK ratio, select your fertilizer type, and decide on the application formula.