Why Should You Have Your Lawn Fertilized?
It would be great if we could fertilize our lawns just once and be done with it; just like it would be nice if we could mow the lawn just 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 maintain a healthy life.
Your lawn needs a balanced fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to keep it healthy and strong. Most soils have only some minerals present, and usually, the natural nutrients get depleted over the years.
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 minerals can cause erratic results.
For example, an overabundance of nitrogen will cause rapid growth of the grass plants that the roots can't adequately handle; the blades become long and spindly. Hence, balance is key. Imperial Lawns uses a precise schedule of applications designed to optimize your plant's health, growth, and vigor.
Number of Applications
Depending on your growing season, a minimum of 5 fertilizer applications should be considered:
Additional applications that include insect controls and pre-emergent weed controls should be considered, especially if you had a strong infestation of either crabgrass type weeds or destructive insects.
What Is Better: Liquid or Granular?
Both methods have their strong advocates with convincing arguments that their method is best.
LIQUID – PROS & CONS
Pros: Liquid fertilizers are applied to the grass blade and absorbed into the plant's system and effects quickly. The liquid transfers from the grass blade to the grassroots 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.
GRANULAR – PROS & CONS
Pros: Feeds grass plants the natural way, through the root system. Time-release properties of the granular pellets provide long-term benefits to the health of the grass plant.
Cons: Granular takes a little longer for the fertilizer to soak into 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 in most situations.
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.
The professional lawn care industry has developed special formulations specifically for lawn care professionals. These products are generally unavailable to the public.