Nitrogen, the primary component of most fertilizers, has long been lauded as the element responsible for the dark green color that homeowners are hoping to achieve with fertilizer applications. Numerous studies show that in fact, Nitrogen is only one component and that there are many other components that impact the color and overall health of the plant, but we will save that conversation for another day.
Today we are going to look at the two primary ways that fertilizer can be applied. One is through liquid or “spray” applications. The other is through granular applications. Each option is effective in providing the necessary nutrients for the lawn.
Liquid applications do tend to be more uniform due to being able to keep the product in solution, whereas granular products can clump up in the spreader or separate in the bag creating a less than uniform application if you are not careful.
Granular is definitely easier to work with. All you have to do is open the bag, make sure your spreader is calibrated, and walk in a consistent pattern. Liquid applications, on the other hand, require larger tanks, mixing of the product, and more expensive equipment. Most homeowners are limited to granular options due to the equipment needed for successful liquid applications.
What about the plant though? Does it really care? The answer is no. The liquid fertilizers are sprayed and absorbed by the plant. Granular products have to be watered in to convert them to a liquid in the soil in order to be utilized by the plant. Either way, fertilizer is absorbed, and the plant is happy.
At LawnAmerica, we utilize both liquid and granular fertilizers in our programs. Currently, we are working on our Round 2 Fertilization and Weed Control application, which consists of liquid fertilizer and soil amendments, along with a broadleaf herbicide to control the dandelions and other flowering broadleaf weeds. As the year progresses and the weed pressure subsides, we will utilize granular fertilizers to keep your lawn looking great.
With Winter finally waning and Spring starting to bloom, make sure your lawn is properly fertilized and ready to perform at its best. It’s also not too late for the Spring crabgrass pre-emergent. Give us a call for a special offer and to get signed up today!