Weeding Through the Facts of Lawn Fertilization

Did you know there are approximately 50 million acres of grass in the United States? Approximately 21 million of those acres are in our front and back yards. Most of us drive by, yard after yard and pay no attention to the grass that’s growing. In fact, some of us may take it for granted.

Our yards play an extremely important part in daily life. Lawns are very efficient oxygen producers; about three times more effective than trees! In addition, their season to produce oxygen is much longer. Even a smaller sized lawn (50ft. x 50ft.) releases enough oxygen on a daily basis to meet the needs of a family of four for 24 hours and absorbs carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride and other toxins.

Healthy lawns are necessary to sustain a healthy world. Today we know that nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, magnesium and a few other elements sustain healthy plant life. Plants and soil used to get these nutrients from fallen leaves, rotten logs, dead animals and animal waste. Since everyone (mostly everyone) rakes their leaves and no one wants dead animals or animal waste decomposing in their yard, our lawns are losing out on valuable nutrients. Some think that we can rely on nature to take care of itself. This is true, nature does, in fact, take care of itself, but your lawn is not a natural environment. Each time you mow your lawn, the soil of your lawn is robbed of its natural nutrients.

Signs that your lawn is nutrient deficient:

Yellowing grass
Grass that shows little to no growth
Grass that is dying at the tip

Another issue homeowners experience is emerging crabgrass. Mowing your crabgrass down will not kill it or even hinder its growth. It will actually make it harder to get rid of because it will start to grow flat and wide, rather than upright and tall. Crabgrass, unlike other plants, keeps generating seeds until winter comes, or until it is killed. Each crabgrass plant can produce over 150,000 seeds per year. Crabgrass seeds have a long germination cycle and the seeds that fall this year will not actually grow into plants until next year. It is important to realize and understand that the longer you wait to take care of crabgrass, the worse your problem will be next year. The best time to look for these signs is during high growth periods (spring and fall).

If you are experiencing problems with crabgrass or your lawn is showing signs of a deficiency, fertilizer is needed to restore your lawn to its natural state. Best Choice Landscape provides its customers with a 5-step fertilization program with weed control to help combat crabgrass and to deliver vital nutrients back to your lawn. Boasting the best applicators in the industry, we would like to return your lawn to a healthy state. Please contact us if you would like more information.