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Choosing the Best Grass Fertilizer for Your Lawn

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

With the dizzying array of grass fertilizer available today, how do you know which one you need? The fertilizer you want depends upon many factors, including the composition of your soil, the kind of grass growing in your lawn, when you are applying the fertilizer, and what kind you want to use.

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Lawn Fertilizer Basics

All lawns need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to stay healthy. The three numbers you find on a bag of fertilizer, such as 12-8-6, are the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, respectively.

The condition of your soil and the kind of grass you are growing matters, too. A simple pH test purchased at your local gardening center can reveal the composition of your soil. If you aren't sure of the kind of grass in your lawn, ask a lawn expert to take a look at a sample.

Other factors include climate, the time of year, and whether your lawn is new or established. Consulting with a lawn care expert can help you determine which grass fertilizers are best for your lawn.

Grass Fertilizer Types

There are four types of grass fertilizer, so you can decide which type may best fit your needs. Granular fertilizer comes in dry pellets that are spread over your lawn, and can be either quick-release or long-release. Liquid fertilizer mixes with water and begins to work on your lawn from the moment it is applied.

Synthetic fertilizers are entirely man-made and penetrate the grass much faster than other types. Organic fertilizers are all-natural and take more time than the other methods, but any concerns about chemicals are alleviated.

Your healthy lawn depends on the right fertilizer. Get the answers you need now and count on a beautiful, green lawn for years to come!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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