You wake up on a beautiful Saturday morning, walk downstairs, grab a cup of coffee, and take your first mid-summer step out the back door to that fresh warm air over your backyard. It smells like heaven as you see those perfect lines still in the grass from yesterday’s mow. It’s the American Dream; it’s as ingrained as baseball and apple pie!
There is no question we love our lawns, but why? Well, we grabbed a few Lawn Serv employees and headed outside to discuss our favorite reasons for why we here at Lawn Serv love our lawns:
Let’s play! At the sight of a nice day we all look to run outside ASAP. Nobody wants to hangout in a messy house, same goes for outside the house.
It’s a work of art! We take pride in cultivating and nurturing a beautiful lawn … but also in still being able to kick off our shoes to enjoy it!
The juice is worth the squeeze! Lets be honest, lawn care isn’t always the easiest. It’s hot. It’s dry. You’d much rather be in the AC. But, when you get it right–whether your friends and family see it or not–you sleep a little better at night!
A great workout. Many of our customers share their stories of enjoying the peaceful exercise they get when taking care of their lawns. Getting outside, enjoying the warm summer air–taking care of our lawns is mentally and physically fulfilling!
Whatever your reason, we can all agree that having a few friends and family over, with a couple of lawn games and a fired-up grill is even more enjoyable with a lush green lawn!
Nitrogen (N): nitrogen is the food that aids a lawn to grow quickly, taller, and develop a darker green color.
Phosphorus (P): phosphorus is responsible for root growth and helps aid new lawn development
Potassium (K): potassium is a nutrient responsible guards the plant against diseases and aids in drought protection and cold tolerance.
These are three of the core nutrients used to amend soil to grow a lush green lawn. Itâs what you see on the front of a fertilizer bag when you see for example 20-10-10. That is the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients required for healthy grass growth, always in the same order nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K). In our example that would be 20 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorus and 10 percent potassium.
The N which stands for Nitrogen provides plants with the ability to produce more chlorophyll, which then allows plants to grow quickly. With each additional nitrogen application, your lawn will grow taller and develop a darker green color. The P which stands for Phosphorus is good for root growth, helps resist against disease, and is good for seed and young growth. If you are putting in a new lawn, look for Phosphorus. Lastly, we have K or Potassium which helps in the process of photosynthesis and with the growth of roots while aiding in the resistance to droughts. You might consider using a high-potassium fertilizer at the start of winter and summer to protect crops from temperature extremes or when insects and disease have caused damage to your plants
The NPK theory was created by a scientist (Justus von Liebig) who wanted to inform people about healthy plant growth. An NPK fertilizer can be produced to specifications when it comes to the nutrient ratio.
Why donât the the percentages equal 100 percent? That is because there are other nutrients and filler product in fertilizer mixtures. This filler helps to apply the nutrients evenly over an area.
NPK Organic Fertilizers (plant-based):
If you are looking for an organic option, your best bet is to find a plant-based, manure-based, or blended version of the NPK fertilizer. This allows for a balanced fertilizer that stimulates through beneficial soil microorganisms and improves the structure of the soil providing long term benefits. Some plant-based NPK fertilizer are developed with alfalfa meal, soy meal, seaweed based, and cottonseed meal. These organic plant based fertilizers break down easier and have faster absorption than most at aiding in the soil..
THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR LAWN NEEDS ARE BY PERFORMING A SOIL TEST.
Soil can be tested at any time of the year, but for optimal results get your soil tested in fall or early spring this gives you ample time to make adjustments before you start planting.
Use a soil composition (soil from around your yard combined) as most amendments are going to be deployed broadly around the yard and there are not likely huge swings in nutrient levels to warrant super specific small tailoring of amendments.
Test every couple years to see how the amendments you have made are affecting the soil.
Testing your soil is incredibly beneficial to the everyday home-owner with a lawn. Testing your soil allows you to understand the fertility of the lawn and its specific nutrient levels and what it needs in order to prosper. You can then tailor your applications to target the specific needs of your lawn. This should save you time and money while being more effective and better for the environment.
How to test your soil:
Hands down the best way to test your soil is through either an extension school/university or through a private lab. The prices can range from $15 if you drop it off to $100 if you ship it in. The biggest problem is knowing what to do with the results. They will provide you with a lot of language such as 3 lbs of nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft. If that doesnât make a lot of sense to you it might make sense to use Lawn Serv.
Things you will test for:
There are many different types of nutrients or lack thereof in a yard, and they can differ city to city or state to state based on a lot of different factors. Some of the main lawn related items you should see in a soil test result are:
You will see recommendations regarding nitrogen levels based on these factors and where you are located in the country also.
How to with Lawn Serv:
With Lawn Serv it is as simple as clicking a button.