Fertilization: How to Get the Most Out of Your Lawn

Is your lawn sending out a silent plea for help? Yellowed or dead patches in your lawn are some of the best signs that your lawn is hungry. Just like us, your lawn needs to be fed as well as given water. If you haven’t been fertilizing regularly, your lawn will be sure to let you know. 

A perfectly manicured, vibrant green lawn doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of an investment of time, care, and diligence. Though people think that watering consistently is all they need to do, that’s not the case. 

If you’re looking to get the most out of your lawn this year you’ll need to start fertilizing. If you’re new to fertilization, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find answers to the commonly asked questions about fertilization. 

Do You Really Need to Fertilize Your Lawn?

If you want a green and healthy lawn, the answer is yes. Without fertilizer, your lawn won’t have access to the nutrients it needs to thrive. 

Why is Fertilizer Needed in Lawns? 

Fertilizer is your lawn’s food. It’s every bit as important as water and sunshine. Fertilizer is full of phosphorous, nitrates, and potassium, which help to keep your lawn lush and green. Make sure to get the correct ratio of these ingredients for your area and your lawn.

Fertilizing also helps to cut down on pests and weeds, which makes your lawn easier to care for and enjoy. 

What Happens When a Lawn is Overfed or Underfed?

Like most things, fertilization is about balance. Too much fertilizer and you wind up with a lawn full of brown spots and crusty patches of fertilizer that won’t absorb into the soil. You may see areas of excessive growth, and areas where nothing will grow at all.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, an underfed lawn begins to turn yellow and won’t grow as quickly. You may also notice rust, a fungal issue that turns areas of your lawn reddish-brown.

Fairy rings are another fungal issue that may arise in a hungry lawn. Easy to spot, these rings of dead grass sometimes have mushrooms hanging out along the outer edges.

Can You Just Use Any Type of Fertilizer?

Different types of grass require different ratios of nutrients. While fertilizer is always a mixture of the same three nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, it’s the ratio that really matters. 

A simple soil test can determine which fertilizer is best for your lawn. It’s an important step so don’t try to wing it here. A good fertilizer that is providing the right ratio of nutrients to your lawn will keep it in great shape. The wrong fertilizer for your lawn, on the other hand, can do more harm than good, leaving your lawn in worse shape.

How Bosch Approaches Fertilizing Your Lawn

Need a hand?

Bosch’s Landscape’s lawn maintenance services involve building a customized strategy to make your lawn the best it can be and keep it that way.

Our full lawn maintenance services have us doing all the hard work, and allow you to sit back and enjoy your lush, green lawn.

Not looking to invest the full services option into your lawn right now? That’s ok! If you are just looking for a customized fertilization plan, allow us to do all the work for you.

To start getting the most out of your lawn, contact us today by calling (616) 399-6861 or contact us online today! Let us do the hard work so you can have more time to enjoy!