Why should I have my lawn fertilized?
We hear this question a lot. It would be nice if we could fertilize our lawns once and be done with it, just like it would be nice if we could mow once for the season and that would be it. In the real world, where your lawn provides a growing, natural setting for your home and a place for your family to relax and play, it needs a regularly scheduled fertilization program to reach its potential.
Your lawn needs a balanced fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to keep it healthy and strong. Most soils have some of these elements present, but usually they become depleted over the years. Turf is a very hungry plant during its major growing seasons.
Proper fertilizing with balanced applications throughout the growing season promotes thick, dense grass that can resist disease and weed invasions. Applying too much of any one of the basic elements can cause erratic results. For example, an over abundance of nitrogen will cause rapid growth of the grass plants that the roots can't adequately handle; the blades become long and spindly. Balance is the key. Imperial Lawns uses a precise schedule of applications designed to optimize your plants health, growth, and vigor.
Number of applications?
Depending on your growing season, a minimum of 4 fertilizer
applications should be considered.
Additional applications that include insect controls and pre-emergent weed controls should also be considered, especially if you had a strong infestation of either crabgrass type weeds or destructive insects.
What is best: Liquid or Granular?
Both methods have their strong advocates with convincing arguments that their method is best.
PROS: Liquid fertilizer applied to the grass blade and absorbed into the plants system takes effect quickly. Liquid fertilizer transfers from the grass blade to the grass roots where it is stored for future use.
CONS: If heavy rain or watering occurs before the fertilizer has had time to be absorbed, some benefits of the application, may be dissipated. Liquid fertilizers are short lived compared to time-released granular applications.
PROS: Feeds grass plants the natural way, through the root system. Time release properties of the granular pellets provides long term benefits to the health of the grass plant.
CONS: Takes a little longer for fertilizer to soak in to the ground. If extremely heavy rains occur any time during the lifetime of the granular pellets, the pellets and some nutrients may be washed away. This is not likely under most situations.
The professional lawn care industry has developed special formulations specifically for lawn care professionals. These products and generally unavailable to the public. Imperial Lawns uses a special formulation of dry granular fertilizer. We feel we have better control of the product, (there is no over-spray or over-application), and the time-released capsules provide a longer, better balanced application of fertilizer and important micro-nutrients essential to healthy, thick lawns.