How To Choose A Spring Lawn Fertilizer
April 3, 2014
Choosing a spring fertilizer can be tricky because a lot of fertilizers have a similar NPK. In this FAQ, Christina Burton, Horizon's Maintenance Channel Manager, will show you what key ingredients to look for on the label so you can choose the right fertilizer for your lawn.
Choosing The Right Spring Fertilizer - Video Transcript
When choosing the spring fertilizer, it's really important to note that there are a lot of products that can look really similar in the NPK, in the 3 numbers on the bag ratio. But you really have to take a closer look at the label and figure out what is in that bag specifically and what that's going to make your turf do.
So there are some products that are really for a quick green-up and that could be a good thing in the spring. Maybe it's been a little cool out and you really wanna get that pop. And those are products that are going to contain things like Ammonium Sulfate and Urea. Very fast acting sources of Nitrogen.
And what happens is at that application time, those release very quickly. You get that good green-up, but then they run out pretty quickly. These products don't last a long time. Usually in the realm of 4-6 weeks.
Whereas products that contain slow release, and by looking at the bag, they'll typically have an asterisk listing "Slowly Available Nitrogen From" things like Polymer Coated Urea, Sulfur Coated Urea, sometimes organic inputs, Methylene Urea.
And those products, they release less quickly at the time of application for a nice steady green-up. And they last a lot longer.
So again, it's just important to take a closer look and figure out what is the product that is going to get you the results you want.