Over the last few weeks, we applied our end-of-summer round of fertilizer to our maintenance sites, a 21-7-14 mix.
What does this formula mean? These numbers signify the percentage of each major nutrient included in the mix, and is known as the N-P-K ratio. N stands for Nitrogen, P for Phosphorus, and K for Potassium.
Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of each nutrient:
Nitrogen is essential for the growth of grass blades and results in a healthy, green appearance. If your lawn exhibits a yellow-green color and produces little to no growth, it’s likely nitrogen deficient.
Phosphorous encourages healthy root development and stimulates root growth. Be mindful of the amount of phosphorus in the fertilizer you use, as excess phosphorus that finds its way into nearby ponds and lakes is partly responsible for the decline in water quality. One way to mitigate this is through proper application.
Potassium (also known as Potash) helps lawns to resist disease and withstand changes in weather conditions. Potassium improves a lawn’s overall ability to endure stressful conditions such as drought and excessive traffic.
Fertilizer can help your lawn to recover from summer’s drought-induced dormancy. Give your lawn the nutrients it needs throughout the fall and winter months and come spring, your lawn will thrive.
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