No matter the characteristics or details of the landscape, it needs nutrients to survive. There are important chemical processes occurring within your plant material that stimulate steady growth. Without the nutrients needed to perform these chemical processes, or not enough of the nutrients, the plant material will show signs of withering. Nobody wants to see their turf turn brown, or a plant slowly falls to the ground, which is why fertilization is such a common practice. Lawn fertilizers typically contain three nutrients; nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Each of these nutrients plays a part in overall plant health. Nitrogen makes your grass greener, while phosphorus produces a strong root system and potassium stores energy. When used correctly these nutrients can be a great benefit to your lawn. However, there are some fertilization errors that can be made in the application, which we want to help you avoid and give you our solutions.
The easiest way to screw up a fertilizer application is to do everything right, at the wrong time. Fertilization needs to be applied as the growing season begins, to give your turf the maximum boost at the right time. As a good rule of thumb, early spring and fall are good times to disperse fertilizer, giving your turf nutrients to grow through the summer, but also to hold it over during the cold Chicago winter. Application during the winter will be useless, and summer fertilization will lead to a burnt lawn if your fertilizer contains nitrogen, which most do.
This is a common issue we see with DIY fertilizer applications, as property owners typically do not possess the proper equipment to fertilize. It should be pretty self-explanatory that if you do not evenly disperse the fertilizer across your lawn, the benefits will not be evenly dispersed either. This is about more than covering the right amount of area, a professional horticulturist will formulate a precise dosage that will then be dispersed in a uniform manner. Avoid this problem with our team at Pezza.
Choosing the Wrong Fertilizer
There is no one size fits all solution to lawn fertilizer. The amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium can be different on various brands and types. This is also the same order in which the dosage of each nutrient will be listed. For example, “15-10-5” would be referring first to the amount of nitrogen, then phosphorus with the second number, and finally potassium. Using a professional means that they will know the exact type of turf, characteristics of the soil, and tendencies of the local environment. With this information, they can help select the right fertilizer for the most benefit.
Trying to Do-it-Yourself
The most common mistake we see in fertilization applications is when a commercial property owner tries to take it into their own hands, or the hands of inexperienced staff. Our team at Pezza has been fertilizing Chicago lawns for decades, so we have been around the block. We will consult you on the timing and method of application, as well as fertilizer selection to keep you in the loop. This will all be done while you experience the premier service we are known for.
Pezza Landscape, Inc. is a full-service landscaping company proudly serving the Chicagoland area and its surrounding suburbs. Give us a call at (630) 393-7373 or visit our website to get in touch.