With the first day of spring right around the corner, you’ve probably thought “how will I take care of my lawn this spring” or “what is the best lawn fertilizer for early spring?”
If you are asking these questions and you want a healthy, beautiful lawn to enjoy by yourself, or with friends and family, then you need to decide how you will maintain your lawn and what kind of fertilizer you will use to keep it healthy and green.
In this post, we’ll help jumpstart your search for the lawn care strategies and the best lawn fertilizer for early spring.
What Fertilizer Does
Fertilizer makes your grass green and strong, helping your grass to grow, stay lush, and look great.
Lawn fertilizer is essentially composed of 3 main parts: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Same as protein for an athlete’s body, this combination of elements helps to strengthen the weak parts of your soil & grass and nurture your lawn.
Each of these elements serves a different purpose in improving the health of your lawn:
- Nitrogen helps with the production of chlorophyll, a chemical needed for photosynthesis. (This element often requires the highest volume for your lawn.)
- Phosphorus helps your lawn develop healthy roots and stems. (This element is often needed in low volumes, but it may be the most critical element for the health of your lawn.)
- Potassium helps your lawn resist drought and disease. (Potassium helps your grass grow big and strong, protecting it from weather and use.)
What we do here at Hambleton, however, is a little different.
We use Holganix, which is an all-natural product which predisposes the grass’ roots to the Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium that is already there. You won’t find us over applying your lawn with products that are potentially harmful. We try to use as much of the natural Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium that is already on the lawn to keep your lawn healthy and looking beautiful.
What Should You Do For Your Lawn in the Spring?
With the warmer weather of spring, your grass will grow. This makes it a good time of the year to apply fertilizer to your lawn to keep it healthy and green.
Pre-Emergent Weed Control
This is also a great time of the year to apply a pre-emergent weed control on your lawn, which helps keep weed seeds (especially crabgrass) from growing in the summer months.
We also recommend using a slow-release fertilizer because they require fewer applications and because they lower the risk of too much nitrogen releasing into your lawn, which could hurt your grass.
This is the process of creating holes in your soil, which allow water, fertilizer, and oxygen to penetrate the roots beneath your grass. This will help rejuvenate the roots and the grass, giving your lawn a fresh look.
Fertilizer & Water
After applying fertilizer, it’s smart to water your lawn. Liberally water your grass the first time and then only lightly water it in the second round. This will help the fertilizer sink into the roots and also keep the fertilizer from being washed away from overwatering.
While lime application can happen at any point during the year, spring is a natural time to test your soil and see if your soil is alkaline (if you live in a dry climate) or acidic (if you live in a wet climate). Lime will help balance your pH levels.
Top-Dress With Compost
While fertilizer is used to increase nutrients in your soil, compost is used to strengthen the structure of your soil. This method helps reduce the need for fertilizer and pesticide and allows for the natural development of your soil. It also helps create a cycle of sustainability within the life cycle of your lawn care.
Best Lawn Fertilizer for Early Spring
We Recommend Holganix.
Here at Hambleton Lawn & Landscape, our flagship product is Holganix. Holganix is a plant probiotic that contains living microorganisms built to restore your soil back to the way Mother Nature intended. This product helps make your lawn resistant to traffic, diseases, insects, and weather; it also helps to grow deeper root systems which will give longevity to your lawn. We believe Holganix is the best lawn fertilizer for early spring.
But, don’t just take our word for it. Here is what others are saying about Holganix:
Holganix is a 100% organic fertilizer specially formulated to naturally promote healthy plant growth. Similar to how humans can benefit from probiotics, Holganix functions as a plant probiotic, supplying key nutrients to the soil to build healthy root systems and more resilient plants and grasses.
Other Top Lawn Fertilizer Products
If you prefer to use something other than Holganix and are still searching for the best lawn fertilizer for early spring, you can read about some of the other top fertilizer products in 2018:
- Miracle Gro All Purpose Lawn Food (Synthetic)
- Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food (Synthetic)
- Safer Brand 9333 Ringer Lawn Fertilizer (Organic)
- Milorganite 0636 Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer (Organic)
- Espoma ELF20 Organic All Season Lawn Food (Organic)
- Diatomaceous Earth Food (Organic)
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