Three Elements to Fertilizer 1 Nitrogen 2 Phosphate 3 Potash
Each element has a particular purpose as to what it does to a grass plant. Let’s be simple here and just say that your lawn needs all of the above, but in different amounts.
Nitrogen is the most used of the elements. It produces fast growth, dark color and helps thicken the grass. But a Fertilizer that is high in Nitrogen and low in Phosphate and Potash will create too much top growth and not enough root growth or energy storage for recovery. A balanced fertilizing program for your lawn will include all three main elements.
The level of maintenance you want to give your lawn will determine your fertilizing schedule. Some people will only fertilize in the fall, some fall and spring, and others follow a strict 4 or 6 application schedule for each year. The time to start Fertilizing is 30 days prior to the start of the growing season. In our area that is the beginning of March to the beginning of April. A four application program will be spread out approximately 60 days apart through the growing season.