Fertilizer

Why it's Important to Fertilize in Fall:

Fall is the most important time of the year to feed and fertilize your lawn. Your lawn stores its energy in the roots of the grass and in the springtime when your lawn needs to grow, your grass calls on these reserves. In fall, even after the lawn has stopped growing, deep root growth is still occurring and does so for several weeks.

What is slow release fertilizer? A higher quality fertilizer that controls the release of nitrogen through temperature, water or microbial activity; a technique that "spoon-feeds" your lawn and prevents growth surges. The fertilizer that I use is a 60% slow-release fertilizer which is high in phosphorous; promoting deep root growth and is of a higher quality.

Why should I use slow release fertilizer? Slow release fertilizer prevents your lawn from growing too fast during the rainy season so that you can cut it on your own schedule.

What is a quick release fertilizer? Quick release fertilizer makes nutrients immediately available to your lawn and is generally of short duration.

Do you like Weed and Feed? No. If you have a very weedy lawn, it could be 20% weeds. So if you apply weed and feed, 80% is wasted on a healthy lawn. Of the weeds, many are monocots and weed and feed only kills dicots (broadleaf). For herbicides, selective spot spraying is best. Because of kids, pets and the environment, homeowners are becoming more receptive to taking care of their landscapes with a less toxic approach, including organics. You have to set realistic expectations and figure out how to achieve this. Having a healthy, thick, vigorously growing lawn is the best deterrent to prevent weed infestation and crane fly damage.

Do you carry organic fertilizers for lawn care? Yes.

What are the best organic fertilizers for lawn care? I like organic fertilizers that are high in mineral content and have been digested by an animal that is not hormone fed.

Can I use a combination of organic and synthetic fertilizers? Yes, but make sure the synthetic fertilizers that you are using are 50% slow release or more and don't have herbicides, insecticides or fungicides.

Interesting Facts:

  1. The US is the second largest producer and consumer of fertilizer in the world after China, in both categories.
  2. The fertilizer manufacturing industry employs 33,000 jobs in the United States.
  3. Despite the Pacific Northwest's rainy reputation, the average annual rainfall is just below 40 inches, which is even less than New York City!
Sorry, at this time I cannot accept new customers on the Eastside.
 

I am closed for the winter.
 
I look forward to serving you in the spring!

 


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