Here’s the Real “Dirt” about Fertilizing a Lawn

There are several things to keep in mind when fertilizing a lawn. First, rarely is it necessary to broadcast weed killer over an entire lawn unless weed problems have gotten out of control. Spot treatment is the best method. There is no reason for chemicals to be sprayed on an area of the lawn that doesn’t need it. Also, weather plays a huge role in fertilizing. There are certain times / temperatures when fertilizing is more effective. Proper fertilization can be a tedious job. The good news is; we are here to help!

When it comes to creating thick and healthy lawns, your can depend on Kiefer Landscaping. Our professional six-step fertilizer program and experienced, licensed technicians will give you a lawn your whole family can enjoy.

Step 1 : Early Spring

Balanced, slow-release, granular fertilizer

Pre-emergent crabgrass control

Step 2 : Late Spring

Balanced, slow-release, granular fertilizer

Broadleaf weed control

Step 3 : Summer

Balanced, slow-release, granular fertilizer

Spot weed control

Surface insect control

Step 4 : Late Summer

Balanced, slow-release, granular fertilizer to promote summer stress recovery

Grub control

Spot weed control

Step 5 : Fall

Balanced, slow-release, granular fertilizer

Spot weed control

Step 6 : Late Fall

A heavy application of winterized fertilizer to stimulate root growth and early spring green-up

Landscapers in Effingham, IL.

What is in Fertilizer Anyway?

Fertilizer contains three primary (and many secondary) nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen promotes strong color and top growth, phosphorus stimulates root development, and potassium helps with disease resistance and water retention.

Why should I Fertilize my Lawn?

The purpose for fertilizing a lawn is to add the proper nutrients in the required amounts and at the proper time. Regular fertilization will lead to a healthy lawn that reduces erosion, filters pollutants, provides natural cooling, and cleans the air. Fertilizing a lawn also helps the lawn recover from stress such as; foot traffic and weekly mowing. Once fertilizer mixes with the moisture in the soil, it is absorbed by the feeder roots of the plant. Once, in the plant, nutrients are distributed to areas where they are needed and can go to work building new roots, promoting fuller leaf growth, and warding of nasty diseases. Plus, your lawn will be less likely to suffer from weed, insect, and disease problems. And best of all, your lawn will need less water when it gets the nutrients it needs throughout the year. For more information on proper lawn care, see our New Lawn Page to see the impact aerationirrigation and maintenance can have on your lawn.

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