Best Lawn Management Practices

Right Product

Use the correct fertilizer for your soil conditions. Your soil should be tested annually to determine what type of fertilizer nutrients are needed. Slow release nitrogen is preferable as an environmentally responsible choice Slow release nitrogen can be found in organic as well as synthetic fertilizers. Directions on the fertilizer bag should be followed to ensure the best results with that product for your lawn and the environment.

Right Rate

fertilizer application for lawnsUse the right amount of fertilizer. Follow fertilizer rate recommendations. More is not always better. Too much fertilizer can result in burning and yellow strips in your lawn. Use a good quality spreader for applications and make sure to check the settings are correct.

Using the right amount of fertilizer to replenish nutrients is crucial as too little will starve the grass, making it more susceptible to an infestation of weeds or insects as well as damage from weather conditions. With each growing season plants and lawns consume nutrients from the soil.

Commercial fertilizers, manures and composts replenish soil nutrients and help maintain soil organic matter. All nutrient sources play a vital role in enhancing soil quality.

Nutrients and the natural process of decay are essential to the health of natural ecosystems. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous cycle within ecosystems thru a variety of processes and can become depleted or accumulate due to a variety of reasons. Therefore it is important to manage and balance the supply of nutrients to prevent both over-and under-fertilization.

Right Time

Use fertilizer at the right time of the year. Know your lawn and the grass varieties as different grass varieties require different fertilizer timings for best results.

Lawns go thru a normal period of dormancy during the driest parts of the summer. During that time, you should not fertilize your lawn but let it rest. During dormancy, reduce the amount of foot-traffic and stop mowing. As the rain returns the grass will green up in 7to10 days.

lawn fertilizationApply fertilizers on a dry lawn to prevent “burning” when the fertilizer dissolves. Spring and fall dews as well as watering the lawn after fertilizing helps to dissolve the fertilizer to make it available to the plant by washing it off the grass leaves and down into the rooting zone.

Fertilizers shouldn’t be applied when the ground is frozen or just before a heavy rain is expected.

Right Place

patio walkwaysMake sure fertilizer stays where it has the most benefit to your lawn and the least impact on the environment and our waterways. Keep fertilizer off hard surfaces such as driveways, patios and sidewalks.

Cleanup any spills. Leave a small strip unfertilized on the edge of the lawn and avoid fertilizing steep slopes or in gullies. Avoid run-off into storm sewers, rivers, lakes and ponds.

Fertilizer should only be used as a source of nutrients for lawns and not to de-ice walkways and driveways in winter.