Fertilize that Lawn! Finding the Best Lawn Fertilizer
Lawn fertilizer can go a long way toward keeping your lawn healthy and lush. But choosing the right type of fertilizer is as important as the decision to fertilize in the first place. The best lawn fertilizer for you will depend on your lawn’s soil conditions. Many lawn care companies or suppliers will check your soil for you, making it easier for you to make well-informed choice. Almost all fertilizers on the market are combinations of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium - three elements that are essential for your lawn’s health. Nitrogen helps grass grow and become greener; phosphorous helps roots and seeds develop; and potassium helps grass withstand disease and drought. Most fertilizers will give the ratios of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium they contain, in that order, in an obvious place on the label.
Some fertilizers may also include other elements or herbicides to kill weeds while still enhancing law growth. These types are often referred to as weed and feed fertilizers.
Another variety of fertilizer, the starter fertilizer, is specifically formulated to help new lawns get off to strong starts. It offers extra helpings of phosphorous and slightly lower levels of nitrogen, so roots are well-nourished in their tender early stage.
Traditional fertilizers are spread as granules on a wet lawn with a lawn fertilizer spreader, for instance a rotary spreader or a drop spreader. Liquid lawn fertilizer is sprayed on. The liquid is highly concentrated, but even so, liquid lawn fertilizer typically needs to be applied more frequently than traditional fertilizer.
Organic lawn fertilizer is another option. This can include manure, compost, sterilized sewer sludge, or other natural, nutrient-rich substances. Many of these types of lawn fertilizer are available from suppliers that offer natural products, but you can also make some at home yourself."