About Me

Making A Home Your Family Will Love

When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.

Search

Archive

Latest Posts

Making A Home Your Family Will Love

Mistakes To Avoid When Applying Fertilizer To Your Lawn

by Alice Howard

If you are planning to fertilize the grass in your yard, you may think that you simply need to spread it around and wait for it to nourish your lawn. However, if you make any of the mistakes below, you will probably not have the green, lush lawn that you are hoping for.

Selecting the Wrong Type of Fertilizer

When you go to the store to pick out your fertilizer, you may feel that one is as good as another and simply pick up the nearest bag. However, if you select the wrong type of fertilizer for your lawn, you may be doing more harm than good.

For example, if the soil in your area tends to be low in nitrogen, and you select one that has only high levels of potassium, you will not be giving the dirt or your grass the nutrient it needs the most. Also, you need to consider the pH level of the dirt in your area, as you do not want to add more acid to already acidic soil that could burn the fresh grass.

Another thing you need to look at when buying fertilizer is whether it has ingredients for weed control. If you have established grass, this type of fertilizer should be acceptable to use.

However, if you will be sowing new grass seed, these ingredients may slow down or stop their growth. If you need assistance with picking out the right fertilizer, speak with someone at the lawn care company where you are shopping.

Leaving Dead Grass on Your Lawn

Once you have the right fertilizer, you may think that now you are ready to start spreading it. However, if you do not do a little prep work to your lawn first, you may be wasting your time.

As grass grows and dies, it can leave behind a layer of dead matter on the surface of the ground referred to as hatch. If you leave this hatch on when you apply the fertilizer, most of the nutrients will never reach the soil.

Before you start applying the fertilizer, take a yard rake, and gently rake over the grass. While you do not need to fully pull up the hatch, lightly raking the ground will loosen it enough so that the fertilizer can pass through.

Avoiding the above mistakes while applying fertilizer to your lawn can help increase the likelihood that your grass will grow in healthy and green. If you have any further questions, speak with a representative of the business from which you purchased your lawn fertilizer for advice. 

Share