Alan’s Answers: Time to Fertilize

fertilizerspreaderFor those of you who tested your soil this spring, and for those who didn’t, it’s time to pick the proper fertilizer for the lawn. The most important component of the fertilizer is nitrogen (the first number in fertilizer). We all need to apply nitrogen a couple of times a year. Nitrogen is used for plant growth and it can also evaporate and be washed off. Phosphate and potash (second and third numbers) can be anywhere from too much to non-existent.

After fertilizer is applied, be sure and apply a measured amount of water. Not enough water can cause burning (mainly from salt) and too much will cause run off. Fertilizer run off has been linked to algae blooms in lakes and ponds. If you use the correct amount of fertilizer less water will be needed to get your lawn in tip top shape. Because water restrictions are the new normal, it is tempting to apply fertilizer before the rain. It may be tempting, but controlled water amounts are best to prevent run off and uneven distribution. It is, however, a very good idea to apply your fertilizer after a rain when the ground is wet. You still need to put some water on it but it will only take a small amount.

Some of the all-natural fertilizers we offer include Medina Organic products which help reduce compaction, make nutrients more available to the soil, balance pH,  increase water retention and help ward off weeds and plant diseases.

If your lawn or garden soil is need of a particular item, chances are have it. Come on in and tell us what you are hoping to accomplish and we’ll help you pick the ideal fertilizer treatment.