Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy and green lawn. It can add to the enjoyment and value of your property. A nice lawn makes the perfect first impression. No one wants to see or buy a house with a scruffy, weed-infested front lawn. It makes it look like the home and the property is not well looked after. In order to get that fabulous lawn, you have to look after it yourself or engage a professional lawn care or weed control company to help you.
You also have to water it regularly, especially during hot weather, feed it proper nutrients, and mow it at just the right height to ensure good roots and the ability for it to grow and regenerate that beautiful green. In addition, you must deal with lawn pests like grubs and insects and make sure that your lawn is properly fertilized for all seasons of the year.
Here are three major benefits of fertilizing your lawn that every homeowner should be aware of.
1. Reduce weeds
A beautiful lawn is a pleasure to behold. If you want your lawn to be a glorious green and the envy of your neighbours, then fertilizing is a must. There are many benefits to fertilizing your lawn, but the primary one is for proper weed control. No matter where you live in the country, there will be weeds. They may look different from one region to the other, but they all have the same impact. They squeeze out all other plant life forms so that they can room to breathe, breed, and grow. Fertilizing your lawn helps your grass fight back. It encourages the growth and development of strong, rich and well-rooted grass that can push back against the eternal encroachment of the verities of weeds in your area.
A thick and healthy grass is naturally resistant to the growth of weeds in your lawn and while weeds are both resilient and persistent, they have a much harder time of getting a grip on your front lawn when your grass is in good shape after it has been fertilized. Your lawn or garden centre will have a number of weed control products that are safe to use, or you can reach out to the many professional weed control companies in your community. They would be happy to provide you with their expertise and advice about growing a healthy, happy and weed-free lawn.
2. Perfect for new lawns
Fertilizing is great for any type of lawn or garden but it is particularly effective for new lawns or areas that have been freshly sodded or turfed. Using a fertilizer to strengthen your new lawn will go a long way to reduce weed development right from the beginning and that good start should help you to create a beautiful and healthy lawn for your property. Installing a new lawn is not cheap and using fertilizer or a lawn maintenance company that helps you do it, is a great investment in the future of your new lawn. If a new lawn is not properly watered, mowed and fertilized it can quickly and easily become tattered and full of unwanted weeds.
New lawns need an initial application of fertilizer as soon as possible to encourage root development and strong grass growth, Then, after a month or so, the new sod or turf needs another doze of fertilizer to help it thrive in its new neighbourhood. Once it gets started off on this new and green path, your lawn can be put on a regular fertilizer schedule that is appropriate for your climate and region.
3. Fertilizing can be environmentally friendly
Growing grass is good for the environment. So, too is fertilizing your lawn to help ensure that it has the proper balance and nutrients to continue to thrive and grow. Fertilization actually helps the development of a deep and extensive root system for the grass on your lawn that requires less external watering and returns more nutrients to the soil around the lawn area. That dense root system also ensures that any possible harmful effects of fertilizer reaching the ground water or reservoirs is quite limited as almost all of it is absorbed by the lawn before it reaches it. There are many environment friendly fertilizing and lawn care products on the market today and care should always be taken when applying fertilizer to your lawn in the directions suggested by the manufacturer or your lawn care professional.