There are so many types of fertilizer. Shopping for grass fertilizer can be a very confusing task. The ingredients come in many different forms and formulations. This is especially true of nitrogen.
Nitrogen is one of the primary elements your lawn requires. Generally, a lawn requires more nitrogen than any other element.
Let’s break down each type to help you determine the best lawn fertilizer for your lawn.
There are 3 basic types:
Your lawn will green up immediately after the application. The nitrogen is water soluble, so it passes through the soil and disappears quickly.
It works well in cold soil. It can be used with your first fertilizer application in early Spring.
It is the least expensive of the different types of fertilizer per application. However, this can be deceiving. Your lawn may require more frequent applications. This throws the front-end savings right out the window.
There are several disadvantages:
Solubles typically contain ingredients such as:
The nitrogen in the fertilizer has a coating around it that releases it slowly. The coatings dissolve at different rates which releases the nitrogen into the soil over an extended period of time. It spoon fees nutrients which allows the grass to have steady, controlled growth.
This is the type I use on my own lawn as well as my customers.
Slow release types more expensive per application than it’s counterpart. However, in the long run it may save you time and money because less applications are required.
Slow-release types fall into 3 main categories:
Many fertilizers today are a combination of both types (soluble and slow-release). This helps your lawn green up quickly, stay green longer, less chance of fertilizer burn and the price is right.
Any fertilizer that is made of dried or composted plant or animal waste is considered natural lawn fertilizer.
There are many benefits:
There are also several disadvantages:
Learn more about using organic lawn fertilizer.
Pushcart for collection of fertilizer in Japan. Picture taken prior to 1922.
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Label of Fertilizer Bag showing Levels of the 3 major nutrients: Nitrogen (N)-Phosphate(P)-Potassium/Potash(K)
Hand Held Spreader (good for small fertilizing and seeding jobs)
Fertilizer Cart or Fertilizer Spreader
When using any sort of chemical, always read the instructions on the back of the bag/container.