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When Should I Have My Lawn Fertilized

When it comes to caring for your lawn, fertilization is a crucial component. Proper fertilization can prevent the spread of unwanted insects in your yard and keep weed growth under control. However, it can be difficult to know the right time for you to fertilize. Lawn care in Florida often differs from the usual rules. A humid climate and year-round sunshine are factors to take into consideration. Read these tips to help you determine when to break out the fertilizer.

Grass Type

While it may seem straightforward, it’s important to make sure you know what kind of grass you are working with. There are two main categories: warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses. In southern regions of the United States, like Florida, it is safe to assume that you have a warm-season grass. These lawns are used to high heat and frequent rain.

Growth Period

Fertilizer should always be applied during the growth period of your grass. Warm-season grasses will start to grow when temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Look for signs that your lawn is beginning to turn green. In most cases, this will be in the late spring or the summer. It’s important not to fertilize too early or too late. Wait until temperatures are consistent, but not too hot. High heat mixed with chemical fertilizer can burn your grass.

Soil Test

Understanding the pH level of your lawn can be a useful tool in maintaining its health. It will prevent you from adding too much or too little of the nutrients your grass needs. Most grasses should be at a neutral level, between 6.0 and 7.0.

Nutritional Deficiency

Aside from the basics of yearly fertilization, watch for signs that the health of your lawn is deteriorating. Yellow or yellow-green grass could mean that your yard is in need of nitrogen. Dull grass with a purple hue might indicate a phosphorous deficiency. If you look closely, your grass will often give you signals that will tell you when and what to fertilize with.

Venice Pest

An excellent solution to keeping up with your lawn care is to contact a professional. Venice Pest Control is a family-owned and operated business in Florida that specializes in services like weed control, fertilization, insecticide, and more. We’d love to help you take care of your lawn needs in a professional, safe, and friendly way. Contact us today for more information about our services.

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