Landscape Maintenance: Fertilization

by TimQ

Ever wonder why someone else's lawn is so much thicker and greener? Why their flowers are so much fuller with larger Blume? Everyone knows to water their lawn, plants, etc. during dry periods, but the key to lush healthy plants is in the fertilization. The type of plant determines the rate and frequency at which fertilization should be applied. The following describes how often to fertilize each type.

Flowers: Flowers should be feed every two to three weeks with a soluble fertilizer. Some companies offer specialized fertilizer for individual plants (for instance roses).

Shrubs: Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall with a granular fertilizer. You can use a water soluble fertilizer once a month throughout the summer months as needed.

Trees: Trees should be fed once at the first of spring and once in mid to late fall. Use either a granular fertilizer or fertilizer spikes. During the summer months, trees also should be fed once a month with a water soluble fertilizer.

Lawns: Different manufacturers of lawn fertilizer will have different recommendations for applying their brand of fertilizer. The following is a popular recommended four step program for fertilizing your lawn.

1) Early Spring: Use a fertilizer recommended for lawn pre-emergence. This will give your grass that initial boost to start the season.

2) Spring: Use a mixture that is both a fertilizer and a weed killer. This is when you should attack any weeds before they get to much of a strong hold.

3) Summer: Use a mixture that is both a fertilizer and an insecticide. This is the time of the year you want to take care of those pest problems.

4) Fall: Use a fertilizer recommended for fall. This will help strengthen the root system and prepare them for winter.

Fertilization is really not that much of a chore. With proper and consistent feeding, you can have a thick dark green lawn, beautiful flowers, and heathy trees and shrubs that are the envy of the neighborhood.

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