Choosing the Right Lawn Fertilizer

by Amy Gordon
(last updated October 3, 2016)

When your lawn is starting to look brown and ugly, it is obviously lacking an important ingredient to grow. Most people will just go to the store for fertilizer, only to realize that there are a great deal of options to choose from. If you want to choose the right fertilizer for you lawn, you need to understand what your lawn needs to grow. Once you know that, you will know what to get for your lawn to make it look great.

To start off, the three most important things for a lawn to grow are oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Without these essential elements, your grass will not grow. On top of this, grass needs to have other nutrients that will make it look amazing. These nutrients are not always readily available in your soil, so to get it there, you will have to purchase some kind of fertilizer.

If you want to get the right nutrients for your lawn, you need to know what the soil lacks first. The only way that you will know is to test the soil. Your local gardening center should have kits that you can purchase to test out the soil. Although you can do the test at any time of year, you will have the best results if you do it in late fall or early spring. The results of the test will come back telling you how much acid, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are in the soil. If any of these are off, you can correct them, but some are easier than others.

If anything is too low, you can buy fertilizer to make up for it. On a bag of fertilizer, it will have three numbers that represent the nutrients in the bag (called the NPK numbers, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium). Just find the bag with the right mix. If your lawn has too much of one of these, it is also a problem. Look for fertilizer to counteract the effects of the elements in your lawn.

When you know what to get, and use the right stuff on your lawn, it comes out looking great. Impress your neighbors with amazingly green grass, and impress them even more with your little trick.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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