Virginians love the outside world. Lush green lawns and gently waving trees are part of the whole Virginia experience.
Did you know that the way that you maintain your lawn or have it maintained can have a dramatic impact not only on its beauty but also on the world around you?
One example of this is fertilizing your lawn. When the weather warms up and people see springtime in the offing, most people think of that brilliant green lawn and make plans to fertilize.
The problem with that is that springtime may not be the best time to fertilize. That’s what makes it so important to hire an expert who can advise you on the best times for specific types of treatments to your lawn.
Making sure that you get the right kind of fertilizer and apply the right amount in the right way at the right time is imperative in order to get that great looking lawn that you want.
In most cases, whether you do it yourself or your lawn care expert does it for you, before you begin a regimen of fertilizer a soil test is the best way to determine what your soil requires.
The results of the test will tell you what the pH of the soil is as well as what kind and amounts of nutrients are already present in the soil.
Based on the results of that you and your lawn care professional can find the right kind of fertilizer that will give you the right amount of phosphate and nitrogen to ensure that your lawn gets the nutrition that it needs.
The Right Time to Apply
The right timing for your fertilizer is different depending on whether it is warm-season or cool-season type turf grasses. This is true because of their different cycles of growth.
According to Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation lawn care experts, most yards in the state of created of cool seasons grasses but that is not always the case so make sure that you determine what kind of grasses are comprising your lawn.
The most common lawns in Virginia are:
- Kentucky bluegrass
- Tall fescue
- Perennial ryegrass
- Fine fescues ( These include creeping red fescue, hard fescue, sheep fescue and chewings fescue).
Fertilization of cool season grasses is usually done between August and November.
Conversely, warm season grasses are usually fertilized from April to August in Virginia. These grasses include:
One other issue presents when fertilizing your lawn. Choosing the right way to apply the fertilizer is imperative. It’s important that if you want good growth and a good return on the application that you apply it uniformly which means applying it by hand isn’t the best option.
Rotary or drop style spreaders cover a wider area but you also want to be careful to control the spread to prevent spreading it onto roads or driveways.
Choosing an expert to help with the soil testing and the fertilization process is always the best idea. LenardsLawnCare.com can help you to get a positive return from your fertilization. Call Today.