How Using the Right Fertilizer in Early Spring Can Make Your Lawn Green All Season Long
Cardinal Lawn Care: Taking Care of Lawns in Arnold, MO Since 2010
Here in the Arnold, Missouri region, the snow has finally melted away and the grass is starting to green up again. You’re gearing up to enjoy your lawn this spring.
It’s time to help your lawn get the nutrition it needs to look green and beautiful for the entire season.
Your lawn needs help waking up and it gets that help from spring fertilization. But you don’t want something that quickly greens up your lawn but doesn’t help its sustainability for the hot, dry summer months ahead.
Instead, you need a slow release fertilizer to gradually add nutrients to your soil over a period of weeks.
Why use a slow release fertilizer?
A slow release fertilizer discharges important nutrients into your soil in the right amount and at the right time. Every time you water your lawn, you’ll release those vital nutrients to enable your lawn to develop a strong root system as well as green up above the soil line.
Here are three main benefits a slow release fertilizer provides for your Pevely lawn grass:
- Your lawn will have more uniform grass growth
- A slow release fertilizer won’t burn your lawn when applied
- It reduces the risk for lawn diseases and fungi later in the season.
In this blog post, you’ll learn that spring fertilization, particularly when using a slow release fertilizer, is key to your lawn’s health and vitality.
Spring Lawn Fertilization
If you didn’t hire your Arnold lawn care company to apply fertilizer right before the ground froze late last fall, you should consider spring fertilization.
Fertilizing in spring not only wakes up your grass, but it replenishes the soil’s missing nutrients. Our lawn care service in Arnold includes a seven step lawn treatment program that begins in the spring and continues throughout the summer and into the fall.
Slow Release Lawn Fertilizer
A slow release fertilizer contains nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous—three main nutrients to give you a healthy, thick, green lawn. This type of fertilizer comes in pellets. In the springtime, your lawn care tech will apply them to your soil. You need to regularly water your lawn to release the fertilizer into the soil.
Slow release fertilizer typically lasts about six weeks. By the time the fertilizer has completely dissolved into your soil, it’ll be time for your second and third lawn treatments.
By slowly adding fertilizer to your soil, you’re allowing your lawn’s grass roots to go deep into the soil. When there is a dry spell during the summer, your grass will be able to draw water stored in that deep root system to keep it alive.
Plus, spring fertilization allows your lawn to slowly green up, stay healthy and hold onto to its carbohydrate storage—your lawn’s natural energy source.
Spring Lawn Fertilization Is Safe Around Children, Pets and the Environment
You don’t need to worry about the toxicity of slow release fertilizers. They’re in the ground and won’t hurt your children and pets playing on your lawn.
Also, these fertilizers are safe for the environment too. Their main job is feeding the soil and your lawn grass. So they contain ingredients that promote health in your lawn.
Your lawn service technician can provide information on all of the lawn service treatments used on your property. This can also include instructions on when you need to water your lawn and how much water your soil needs to release the fertilizer.
Now that your lawn is greening up and you’re thinking about summer outdoor plans, it’s time for spring fertilization. You want a healthy lawn that resists disease and weeds, as well as grows green and thick. But you don’t want to spend your weekends tending your lawn.
Instead, hire the best lawn care company in Arnold, MO to take care of your spring fertilization, as well as mowing, aeration and de-thatching. Take your weekends back and call Cardinal Lawn Care today at 314-686-3907 or fill out our quote form.
Fresenburg, Brad S. and Lee Miller, “Cool-Season Grasses: Lawn Maintenance Calendar,” University of Missouri Extension: Reviewed February 2015.
The Lawn Institute, “Fertilizers—Quick-Release and Slow-Release Nitrogen—What’s the Difference?”