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Tips On Applying Liquid Lawn Fertilizer

Summary: Applying liquid lawn fertilizer can assist in building stronger grass and a better lawn. However, as easy as using liquid fertilizer is and the quick results it can produce, it is important to use liquid lawn fertilizer at the proper times on the year.

Lawn grasses must grow vigorously to crowd out weeds and maintain a solid turf. They make their best growth from applied fertilizer if the soil on which they are growing contains a good supply of nutrients such as magnesium limestone or liquid lime.

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Tips On Applying Liquid Lawn Fertilizer

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Apart from proper lawn care, make sure your grass receives enough amount of nutrients for it to grow healthy and attractive.

Use Fertilizer Sprayers

Liquid fertilizers lend themselves to application by hose-end sprayers or spreaders, using regular products for spraying or by using organic or synthetic fertilizer attachments which are placed between the faucet and the hose when sprinkling or irrigating. These attachments suck in small quantities of the nutrients from a container and no mixing is necessary. They apply the plant food or water-soluble fertilizer, gradually giving the grass an opportunity to absorb some of the nutrients through the leaves.

Use A Sprinkler System

If such equipment is not available, a sprinkling can may be used. For this purpose it is necessary to dilute the home liquid fertilizer with water so one pound covers 1000 square feet. In other words, an area 25 X 40 feet needs one pound or one pint of 5-10-5 or its equivalent in some other mixture.

If you buy a liquid which has a 5-10-5, 6-12-6, or 7-14-7 NPK ratio (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), one pint is equal to one pound of dry organic matter. If you use a higher analysis, which may be several times as strong as 5-10-5 N-P-K ratio, you must use it in proportionate amounts.

Know When To Apply Fertilizers

Liquid fertilizers should be applied after the first flush of grass has been mowed from the soil. During July and August, no organic fertilizer should be applied at the soil and plants. Then about September 1 and October 1, fertilizer should be given to build up grass which will withstand winter conditions.

By following this method of fertilizer application, you avoid the rapid succulent growth which often develops when you apply fertilizer in early spring. Growth is more uniform and grass plants have strong healthy crowns that can withstand crowding from weeds and maintain a good cover to prevent crabgrass seed from germinating.

Water And Fertilizer

Water the lawn thoroughly a day or two before applying the fertilizer product. When the grass becomes dry, apply the slow-release fertilizer. You can also wait for rainfall before application. These will wash the chemical fertilizer from the grass blades off to the soil.