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Lawncare Tips to Green Up for Special Occasions

by Marcia Passos Duffy, All About Lawns Columnist

Having guests over for a special event such as a graduation, a backyard wedding, or family reunion? Need your lawn to look green and lush in a hurry?

Here's a safe and ecologically-friendly trick to quickly green up your lawn--one used by lawncare professionals for movie sets, sports fields, and golf courses. Give your lawn an iron supplement.

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Iron Supplements Healthy for Lawncare

Adding iron to your lawn--either in a granular or liquid supplement--gets pretty incredible results, as your lawn turns a rich, dark green color in less than four hours. The iron causes a chemical reaction with the chlorophyll in the plant. An iron treatment is perfectly safe for the lawn and the environment: The grass fades back to its lighter color about a month after treatment.

In addition to the cosmetic improvement, iron is also healthy for the soil and the grass, and is considered a good ecologically-friendly alternative to synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture's comprehensive report on fertilizing your lawn, adding iron to your lawncare routine results in a deep green, lush turf that doesn't stimulate excessive growth and mowing.

Chelated Iron Best for Lawncare

If you apply the iron yourself, make sure you get "chelated" iron specifically created for lawns. This iron is formulated in a way that the grass plants can easily take up and use. Make sure you read the package carefully for application instructions; over-application of iron can temporarily turn grass orange or grey. Avoid applying iron to your lawn when temperatures are too hot, which can cause stress to the grass.

For more tips, read the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension's advice and information on applying iron to your lawn.

About the Author

Marcia Passos Duffy is a freelance writer and a member of the Garden Writers Association. She is a frequent contributor to Turf Magazine and Growing Magazine. Visit her site at www.backporchpublishing.com

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