Just about every lawn fertilizer has three key ingredients to it. Those ingredients are nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K). These nutrients will be listed on all fertilizers as NPK, and a number will follow them. For example, a fertilizer that is listed as 15-10-5 would mean it consists of 15% nitrogen, 10% phosphorous, and 5% potassium. The rest is filled with other various nutrients and fillers.
In choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn, it’s important to not only know what these nutrients are, but also how they react with your grass.
Know What Your Grass Needs
Now that you know what each of the main ingredients in fertilizer does, the next step in choosing the right type for your lawn is identifying your grass’ main needs. The warm-season grasses most commonly seen here in Texas are St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Bermuda grass. Each type requires a different type of fertilizer blend, so be sure to identify the type of grass you have and that grass’ specific needs before any decisions are made.
Know The Environmental Conditions
The final step in determining which fertilizer is best for your lawn is identifying the environmental conditions in your lawn. How much shade is there? How much rain is expected? How well does your lawn drain? What type of soil is your grass is growing in? These are all important questions to answer before determining the type of fertilizer to use.
If your lawn is covered in shade, it may not need much fertilizer at all. Remember, over-fertilizing can actually cause damage to your lawn! However, if the soil is more sand-based than clay-based, a higher dosage of the fertilizer used is recommended. If your lawn gets more rain, then using a fertilizer high in nitrogen is important for the conservation of nutrients.
Call The Experts In Lawn Fertilization
The best way to know which fertilizer is best for your lawn based on what your grass needs and the environmental conditions, is to call the experts in lawn fertilization at Lawn Lab. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience necessary to provide your lawn with everything it needs to thrive this spring and beyond.