A luxurious lawn bang in front of your house helps in creating a lovely landscape that can be the cynosure of guests and onlookers. Did you know that the ubiquitous turf is probably the largest agricultural crop in all of North America? Moreover, a lawn enhances the value of your property by a whopping 15 to 20%, giving you all the more reason to take pride in a well-maintained lawn in your compound.
However, in order to grow a lush green lawn, it is not enough just to plant a good quality turf and water it regularly, though that is essential for the proper growth of it. You need to fertilize it first in order to provide the essential nutrients for the grass to grow in abundance. Fertilizing your lawn helps promote better growth of roots and leaves. Fertilizers also help the turf fight against the onslaught of pesticides, of which liberal doses may be required to keep off pest infestations.
More importantly, when a lawn is well fertilized and maintained, there is little or no chance for weeds to grow and survive in a thick patch of turf. You probably do not realize that when you periodically mow your lawn, the constant clipping can result in a drastic drop in level of nutrients that are required for a healthy turf. Fertilizing your lawn regularly, boosts the resistance level and helps replenish the nutrient levels that are important for the lush growth of the grass.
It could be a bit confusing when it comes to selecting the right fertilizer for your lawn since there are several brands of liquid and granular fertilizers. Obviously, it is easier to use a liquid fertilizer, as you need to simply mix the fertilizer with water, which acts as the medium of disbursal. Liquid fertilizers penetrate deep and reach the roots faster, and just a couple of applications should be enough every fortnight or so.
However, with granular fertilizers, you need to use a spreader for even application. Soon after the fertilizer is laid out, you need to water the lawn so that the fertilizer dissolves and reaches the roots. With a choice of quick-release and slow-release granular fertilizers, you can choose the one you prefer. As the names signify, the quick release ones work faster, and need to be applied every 3 to 4 weeks. On the other hand, slow release fertilizers are not water soluble and take longer to disburse and reach the roots. However, one advantage with these is that they last anywhere from 6 months to a year.
People conscious of the environment would probably want to use organic fertilizer, which involves more labor and preparation time. However, with a bit of patience and care, there is nothing to stop you from growing a beautiful lawn that is free of toxic elements that are present in chemical fertilizers. In addition to traditional composting, one can opt for organic fertilizers that are available in both granular and liquid form.