Lawn fertilizers are often implicated as a major source of phosphate pollution. When improperly applied, spilled onto streets, sidewalks and driveways both organic or manufactured fertilizer will pollute our groundwater, lakes and streams. Research shows with proper application, lawn fertilizer does not pollute. When phosphates are applied to soils, they quickly bind to soil particles, much like a magnet picks up paper clips. Soil-bound phosphates contribute to pollution when
Mowing is defined as the mechanical removal of leaf tissue. A general rule of thumb is to cut no more than one third (1/3) of the leaf blade at each mowing. I like to mow the lawn shorter the first cut of spring and I keep it a bit longer before winter dormancy. A shorter cut in spring will help stimulate growth and a longer cut in fall before winter will help protect the plant from cold and dryness winter brings We live and grow our lawns in a cool season (C3) growing zone.
Organic fertilizers, are commonly processed from various animal, plant and human by-products. Organic fertilizers are comparatively low in nutrient content so they require significantly larger volumes. Organics also have slower nutrient release rates than Manufactured fertilizers. It takes time for nutrients to be broken down then taken up by the plants. An advantage of organic fertilizer is improvement in soil organic content due the increased amount needed when compared to
Plants need essential nutrients for optimal growth and recovery. Turf grass fertilization is a key component for ideal growth and performance of the lawn. Nitrogen (N) often gets the most attention. Nitrogen release gives the grass a vigorous growth flush when applied. Phosphorus (P) is naturally abundant in soil. Applications are needed for new shoots to gain nutrients that increase growth quickly. New shoots cannot unlock what phosphorus is already prevalent in soils. Potas
Thatch is a natural occurring layer of accumulated grass clippings, stems, roots and other decomposing matter found between growing grass and the soil under it often creating the spongy feel when walking on a thatchy lawn. Thatch develops when high maintenance lawns produce organic waste matter quicker than it can be broken down. A high-maintenance lawn tends to develop thatch more quickly than a low-maintenance one. Compaction, unbalanced fertilization, overuse of chemical s