There are a few important areas to attend to when it comes to spring lawn care, and one of the single most vital is fertilization. The lawn needs to be fed, just like any other living organism, and fertilization is one great way to infuse nutrients and other important elements into your lawn at the beginning of the growing season.
At Logan Extermination, we’re here to provide a number of lawn care and maintenance services, including pre-emergency and spring fertilizer that’s ideal for this time of year. Pre-emergent not only provides excellent nutrients and stimulates growth, it also helps prevent weed seeds from germinating, stopping weeds from forming later on. We also offer other important lawn services like insecticide application, insect control and several more. Why does spring fertilization matter for your lawn, when should it be done, and what are some of the kinds of fertilizers that might be used? Here’s a primer.
Why Spring Fertilization Matters
As we noted already, you can think of fertilizer as food for your lawn. It’s vital for helping kickstart lawn growth after the Utah winter, not only for providing nutrients that the lawn needs but also for addressing issues like winter kill, snow mold disease or other concerns that may have built up during the cold season.
In addition, as we also mentioned earlier, fertilization is great for weed control and prevention. Our pre-emergent fertilizer stops weed seeds before they ever germinate – this doesn’t kill weeds that are already present, but it will stop future ones from forming. And as long as you have fertilization done early in the spring, existing weeds will be limited or even nonexistent.
Ideally, lawn fertilization should be done in the early parts of the spring season. This is because most grasses grow most actively during this period of time based on temperature and common rainfall, and the grass tends to need higher levels of nourishment. April or early May are generally the ideal times for this application – so make an appointment with our team for somewhere in this range.
Fertilizer and NPK Rating
If you’re purchasing your own fertilizer, or even if you’re simply interested in learning more about this product, it’s important to know that there are several fertilizer varieties. They differ based on what’s known as their NPK rating: The level of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) that are present, and therefore the nutrients that will be passed on to plants.
Nitrogen is important because it helps promote the healthy green color you’re familiar with. Phosphorous, on the other hand, promotes deep root growth and quick establishment of the root system. Finally, potassium is vital for turf vigor and preparation for drought periods, which are common in Utah.
There are also differences in terms of how fertilizer is released and how long it takes to activate. There are both liquid and granular fertilizer types, plus those made from either organic or synthetic sources.