Adjust Your Irrigation for August Fertilization

Late summer fertilization helps to ease your lawn into hibernation for fall and winter. When you combine a solid late summer fertilization program with equally as effective inground irrigation, you're setting your lawn up for success. This involves choosing the right fertilizer and adjusting your Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler systems accordingly. Nutri-Lawn Burlington can help you create a superb program. Read on for our tips for your late summer fertilization scheme.

Choose your feed
Before you do anything else you must choose the right kind of food for your late summer fertilization. This will depend on the state of your grass – old or brand new – and what you're trying to achieve – healthy transition into a new season. Which fertilizer you choose will also depend on the N-P-K numbers. N-P-K stands for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, respectively. These numbers can range anywhere from 21-7-14, 15-15-15, and so on. Nitrogen is often the highest number.

If your grass is newly planted, you'll want a grass with high levels of phosphorus to encourage maturation and strength. Older grass needs nitrogen to promote lush emeralds and strength.

With the changing season, your grass will require a considerably higher ratio of potassium. Potassium adds disease resistance, as well as the strength and energy required to undergo the transition into cold weather.

Feed your feed
To work properly, your Nutri-Lawn Burlington fertilizer needs a healthy dose of inground irrigation. If you fertilize your lawn during a drought, the fertilizer will burn your grass. You need to fertilize at a time when there will be either light rains, or when you can guarantee that your Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler systems can offer a supply of water.

Don't go overboard with your inground irrigation, though. Drenching your grass will only cause the fertilizer to run into the gutters on the street below. Talk to your Nutri-Lawn Burlington specialist about the proper amount of water to feed your lawn following fertilization.

Core aeration is key
If you want your lawn to get the most from your late summer fertilization and Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler systems, practice core aeration. Core aeration is the process of punching tubes of soil out from your lawn. Over the summer, your lawn becomes compacted from constant traffic. This compaction prevents your nutrients, water, and oxygen from being able to delve deep into the soil to your grass roots. Core aeration solves compaction, while also removing the thatch layer.

Thatch is the build up non-decomposed organic matter at the top of your soil. This also prevents nutrients and inground irrigation from reaching your grass. Aeration will break up this layer so that your fertilizer isn't lost to thatch.

Get ahead of the times with your Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler systems and lawn care. Begin winter preparations early so you're not scrambling when the cold season arrives. Contact your Nutri-Lawn Burlington specialist for a complimentary estimate on our inground irrigation systems.