In-Ground Irrigation and Fertilizing Your Lawn

Achieving that perfect lawn takes hard work. To get that luscious green lawn, both water and regular fertilizing are necessary. For the most efficient lawn care methods, why not combine the two?

How To Know When To Fertilize
Is your lawn looking a little yellowish? Are persistent weeds causing you grief? If so, your lawn may be lacking in nitrogen. Making sure that your lawn has the nutrients it needs will mean that it responds better in times of excessive heat, cold, or draught. To find out what your soil is lacking, you can always start with a soil test! At Nutri-Lawn, we frequently carry out soil tests on all of the lawns we work on, so that we know exactly what your lawn needs. Be careful not to use too much fertilizer though. Using too much can be just as - if not more - harmful than not using any at all. Furthermore, it’s important that you fertilize at the right time to ensure that you don’t burn your lawn!

Let Your In-Ground Sprinkler System Do The Hard Work
If you fertilize your lawn without watering it properly afterwards, you can damage your lawn - not to mention waste your money! Watering your lawn immediately after fertilizing is the best way to make sure that your lawn receives the nutrients, without burning the blades of grass. Coordinate your fertilizing application to take place just before or in the hours before your in-ground irrigation is programmed to happen. This way, the concentrated nutrients in the fertilizer won’t have an opportunity to cause damage to your lawn.

Another way to get the fertilizer integrated into the soil in time is to combine the fertilizing and watering processes. With a sophisticated in-ground irrigation system like the ones installed everyday by Nutri-Lawn Burlington, you can let the automatic sprinklers do the hard work. Fertilizers are now being created that are designed to be administered through your irrigation system. Because your lawn only requires fertilizing every few months, it makes sense to use your irrigation system. At Nutri-Lawn, we install an irrigation system that reaches even the farthest, most inconvenient corners of your lawn. By incorporating this very same irrigation system to distribute the fertilizer, you can be confident that your lawn is getting the nutrients it needs.

The Three Types of Lawn Fertilizers
There are three kinds of fertilizers: natural organic fertilizers, slow-release chemical fertilizers, and fast-release fertilizers. Natural fertilizers include ingredients like manure, compost, and agricultural byproducts. They have relatively low nutrient levels, but they are released slowly over a long period of time. Slow-release chemical fertilizers are more concentrated and offer more consistent results. This style usually includes water-insoluble nitrogen (or WIN). They work by slowly releasing nitrogen into the soil. Lastly, fast-release fertilizers work by quickly infusing nitrogen into the soil. Be careful though, because using too much, or spreading it overtop of a damp lawn in warm weather can burn the lawn!