Choosing The Best Lawn Fertilizer
Posted by Landscaping Ideas on 20th January 2012
When it comes to lawn fertilizers there are many options available on today’s market. With so many options it is often quite difficult to know which really is the best brand of lawn fertilizer. Unfortunately, there really is no simple answer to that question as the best brand for your lawn and garden needs may not necessarily be the best brand for all lawn and garden needs. There are many factors that effect what kind of nourishment and nutrients your soil will need for particular landscaping projects. Each of these factors will greatly affect which particular type or brand of lawn fertilizer will best suit your needs.
For most lawns, nitrogen will be the most important nutrient and should be carefully considered when narrowing down your fertilizing prospects. Other important things that fertilizers add to your soil include phosphorous and potassium. One thing you should keep in mind is that fertilizer serves to enrich the soil and in some cases is a lengthy process that will take several growing seasons in order to properly accomplish. In this manner fertilizing a lawn that has been sadly depleted of good nutrient-rich soil is a marathon rather than a race.
For general lawn care you should look for a lawn fertilizer that is suitable for multi purpose types of lawn care duties. There are specialty fertilizers that are available and perhaps once you’ve achieved a more balanced and nutrient rich lawn you can concentrate on some of the more specific fertilizers but these are only necessary if you plan to do serious landscaping in the coming growing season.
You will see many different types of fertilizers, even among the all purpose options and may have a little difficulty selecting the best for your lawn. A good rule of thumb for those who are just beginning to repair or restore their lawn is to begin with a slow release granular type of fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen. The thing to remember is that nitrogen in high dosages can damage your lawn even though you need nitrogen in order to enrich the soil. This is one of the reasons that slow release nitrogen fertilizers are so highly recommended. These types of fertilizers actually minimize the risk of damaging your lawn. Another way you can minimize the risk of damage is by closely following the instructions on the labeling. A good rule of thumb is one pound for every thousand square feet.
When trying to decide which is the best brand of lawn fertilizer for your lawn be sure to discuss with the experts at your local lawn and garden center what the long and short-term goals for your lawn are. Having an idea of what you plan to do immediately and what you hope to do in the future can seriously help narrow down a much better plan of action for all your fertilization and soil restoration needs. Having a plan from the very beginning is always the best course of action when it comes to landscaping or lawn and garden design.