Fertilization

Fertilization 2017-04-05T20:31:37+00:00

Project Description

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Spring means your grass is hungry for a feeding after a long winter.

A mowing program and watering alone will not make a healthy lawn. It needs fertilizing. It is important for the development of a healthy lawn that a fertilization program be started.

The 3 elements that are of most importance and used in greatest quantities by your lawn are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Nitrogen is by far the element needed most by your lawn. It promotes root and blade growth and is responsible for the healthy green color of the grass. Without enough nitrogen your lawn will grow slowly and become yellowish. With too much, a lawn will grow too rapidly causing thatch build-up that can lead to disease problems. Nitrogen is also the element used up the quickest.

Phosphorus is less important than nitrogen but is still necessary for for the proper development of a lawn. Phosphorus helps the early formation and growth of roots. This is why starter fertilizers have a higher percentage of phosphorus. Established lawns need very little phosphorus because it is not flushed from the soil as readily as nitrogen.

You can trust that Sunworks will apply the right fertilizer, containing these 3 major elements, at the right time.

Lawns in the Omaha area respond well to an application of fertilizer 5 times a year. Each of these 5 feedings is essential to the proper development and maintenance of a healthy turf. The following is a brief summary of what Sunworks feeding will do for your lawn.

Fertilizing For The Seasons

Early Spring (April)
In the spring the roots begin growing before the leaf blades do. Fertilizing now will deliver more nutrients to this root system and help strengthen it for the coming growing season. A feeding now will also green-up the lawn after being dormant over the winter. Weed control as needed.

Late Spring, Early Summer (May)
Prior to the onset of the hot summer months, one more application is recommended. Fertilizing at this time is done to strengthen the lawn for the hot, dry weather ahead and to help keep its green color. Remember that these cool season grasses actually go semi-dormant in the summer. A fertilizer with a slow release nitrogen source and slightly higher potassium is recommended at this time. Weed control as needed.

Summer (June – July)
When the hot summer heat shows up a slow release fertilizer with an insect control for grubs and sod webworm is applied. Weed control as needed.

Early Fall (September)
As soon as the weather cools, another feeding will help replenish nutrients used up and help the lawn recover from the effects of summer stress. The grass will be growing up at a faster rate again and will benefit from a fertilizer similar to that used in the spring. Weed control as needed.

Fall – Winter (November)
This application is actually the most important one throughout the year. As in spring, when the roots begin growing before the grass blades, the roots in the fall continue to grow a few weeks after evidence of top growth comes to a halt. Again, as in the spring, the roots will be able to utilize more of the available nutrients. This feeding will also help get your lawn off to a fast start in the following spring. Weed control as needed.

Watering
It’s best to water in early morning, like 5 a.m. This gives the lawn an opportunity to dry before nightfall, a time when many types of fungus are most active. This is also usually a non-peak time for most communities’ water supply. It’s also much better to water early only a couple of times a week than to water lightly more often. Deep soaking encourages deep root growth, whereas light watering encourages the roots to stay close to the surface of the soil, making your lawn more susceptible to heat and drought.

Another thing to keep in mind is that an actively growing lawn will require about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. This of course will depend on your soil type.

Brown spot repair
Pet owners can face the challenge of brown spots on their lawns.

What causes the brown spot? It’s just like over-fertilizing! There is a high nitrogen content in pet urine, which causes the urine to burn the grass. The number one thing pet owners can do to avoid brown spots is to water the area well within eight hours to dilute the high nitrogen level. When these spots go untreated Sunworks can help you with a mix of sand, seed, and a slow-release fertilizer.