Fertilizer is fertilizer, right? Well, not exactly.
It’s true that most fertilizers contain a combination of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N, P and K), but that’s where the similarities end.
While phosphorus and potassium are important and have their place, today we are going to focus on nitrogen, because let’s face it, when we think about applying fertilizer we’re looking for a greener lawn.
Nitrogen is the nutrient most responsible for the green color that is so important to homeowners. But not all nitrogen sources in fertilizer are made equal or provide the same level of performance.
There are quick release, slow release, controlled release and even stabilized nitrogen products.
Many companies will stick mainly with the quick release products like urea, primarily because it’s a less expensive alternative to the various slow release products. Urea usually releases all of the available nitrogen to the plant and is gone over the course of two-four weeks.
At LawnAmerica though we take a different approach. We still utilize urea, but as a component of a more balanced nitrogen source. Our current blend of fertilizer, 36-1-3 contains 70% controlled, slow and stabilized
release nitrogen and only 30% quick release nitrogen.
Our fertilizer is custom blended just for us (much of it right here in Oklahoma) utilizing products like Polyon and Duration CR, which are controlled release nitrogen sources designed to last 12 weeks or longer. We also utilize UFLEXX and UMAXX, which are stabilized nitrogen fertilizers. Basically, that means they are less likely to be volatized into the atmosphere. This allows more time for the product to be properly absorbed into the soil where it can be utilized by the plant. XCU is another slow release nitrogen, which achieves longer release times through polymer-coated sulfur coated urea.
The combination of these products allows us to apply fertilizers now as many of the warm season grasses are coming out of dormancy. We still have plenty of nitrogen in reserve in the soil to maintain a healthy green color, without creating an unnecessary surge of growth over the coming months.
It does cost more to be able to use the advanced nitrogen sources, but in our opinion it is the right thing to do.
There is one other thing that makes our fertilizer better than most.
When you partner with LawnAmerica to take care of your lawn, you not only get the best products available on the market, you get the best staff as well. Contact us today to make sure you are giving your lawn the best!