Fertilizing Turf with Austin's Lawn Care

How Fertilizer Feeds Turf

It’s no secret that homeowners across the Kansas City area all crave one thing this time of year – a lush, beautiful lawn. However, there’s a lot of work that goes into achieving such a monumental feat – including the use of fertilizer.

Fertilizer is a great tool that helps to give your lawn turf the nutrients and care it needs to thrive. Turf feeds mainly on fertilizer’s nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K) formula. However, other secondary nutrients like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and chlorine are necessary for a healthy lawn and can be found in most granular fertilizers.

Fertilizer feeds your turf through the nutrient release of the particles it is made up of. Natural release mechanisms during the feeding process release minerals into the soil where they can be absorbed by the plant, and consist of:

Microbial Action
In microbial action, natural microorganisms break down fertilizer elements into basic compounds that can easily be absorbed by turf. The temperature of the soil greatly affects this process (warmer temperatures increase activity and breakdown), which is why it is recommended homeowners fertilize in the spring for optimal results.

Naturally, chemical elements move from levels of high concentration to low, evening out nutrients over time. When this happens, the high level of nutrients in your fertilizer will move to soil and turf that needs it the most.

When water interacts with fertilizer, the compounds will break down into smaller elements, making them easy for your turf to absorb. This is why it is recommended for homeowners to water regularly post fertilization.

Physical Breakdown
Any type of activity such as mowing, foot traffic, and more will quickly and effectively break down fertilizer particles for absorption in the soil, helping your turf to get the most out of the nutrients.

Make sure your lawn is being fed and cared for by scheduling a fertilizing appointment with Austin’s Lawn Care. Our experts will ensure your turf is fertilized at the right time, with the best care possible, giving you a lawn you can enjoy all season long.

To learn more or to schedule your fertilizer treatment visit Austin’s Lawn Care today.