Why should I fertilize my lawn?

Your lawn needs food (nutrients), water, air, and light to flourish. In nature, decaying plant and animal matter complete the nourishment cycle, but in most of our gardens, this process doesn’t happen.

Dead leaves and other plant matter are considered unsightly and removed, so the nutrient cycle is interrupted. And over time your soil will become nutrient-deficient. This is when a lawn fertilizer service plays an important role.

Lawn Fertilizer Service - YardDoc - Austin, TX - Green lawn with white fence and landscape design 300Most homeowners want a lush green lawn, that enhances their curb appeal, with no weeds. The best way to achieve this is to fertilize. A healthy lawn crowds out weeds, depriving their seeds of necessary sunlight, and making it harder for weeds to get established.

If you want a full, thick, healthy lawn, you need a number of factors – adequate light, water, air, and nutrient-rich soil. YardDoc can help with each of these essential lawn care elements, including all the major nutrients for basic plant nutrition.

Options to improve the quality of your soil include composting, top dressing, aerating, and de-thatching, among others. But the most cost-effective approach is a regular lawn fertilizer service.

Does grass mulching or grasscycling help with soil quality?

Generally, yes, it does! Grasscycling or grass clipping mulching is the name for letting the grass clippings remain on your lawn after cutting, instead of bagging them. This adds organic matter to your lawn that is a natural fertilizer. This saves mowing time, saves on lawn fertilization expense, and is environmentally friendly.

Lawn Fertilization - Mulching - YardDoc - Austin, TX - Lawn with too much mulchThe only caveat is, to do this, you need to maintain the grass regularly, as the clippings shouldn’t be too long.

Also, you don’t want too big a load of clippings going back into your grass at one time, or you end up with excessive thatching, which can cause water and air movement problems.

This can lead to fungal problems, like Brown Patch or Take-All Patch that can kill your lawn.

How often should I fertilize my lawn?

This depends on many factors, such as:

  • The existing condition
  • The type of grass
  • Climate
  • Any fungal issues
  • Watering regimen
  • How often you maintain your lawn

Typically, the healthier a lawn is, the faster it grows and needs cutting. YardDoc recommends fertilizing twice annually, and in special instances, adding another one to two 100% organic lawn fertilization programs, as needed.

YardDoc recommends watering your lawn after applying fertilizer to wash the fertilizer off the leaf blades and get it into the soil. Water, as usual, to dissolve the fertilizer and let the soil absorb it, but don’t overwater or you risk washing the product away. Do not fertilize before heavy rains for this same reason.

A good way to get the fertilizer into a lawn is to combine fertilization with aeration, where plugs of grass and soil are pulled out creating spaces in the lawn for air, water, and nutrients to get into the soil.

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