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The Importance of Fertilizer

By Root Plus on May 1, 2015 in Lawn Care, Ottawa

Spring is the time of year that lawn care is the focus of many homeowners. The application of fertilizer is an important step in spring lawn care. Here is everything you want to know about fertilizer and the role it plays in the care of nurturing your lush, green lawn:

Food for Thought

First and foremost fertilizer is food for plants and lawns. Using the right fertilizer will provide much needed nutrients to your lawn to help it grow. There are a number of fertilizers that provide the right “diet” for your lawn. The right nutrients can vary based on where you live, the type of soil and even the type of grass on your lawn.

The Diet

Your lawn will have a specific diet that can be difficult to determine. That is why many homeowners opt to hire a lawn care service. A lawn’s diet must consist of a number of “nutrients” to stay healthy including:

  • Nitrogen: Nitrogen is found in the air we breathe and can be made into a soluble nutrient that plants use to stay healthy. When combined with hydrogen it creates ammonia, which is often used directly on crops. It can also be added to a fertilizer composition in different forms such as ammonium nitrate and sulphate granules. Nitrogen is also added to liquid fertilizers.
  • Phosphorus: Phosphorus is found in every living cell on the planet. All life forms, from a single cell amoeba to plants and humans contain phosphorous. Phosphorous is even found in rocks and soil. It appears in fertilizer as phosphate rock found in the earth’s crust. However, it can be found in fertilizer in both non-granular and granular form, including liquid fertilizers. Phosphorous is also treated with ammonia.
  • Potassium: This is another essential nutrient found in living form including humans, animals and plants. It is used in potash fertilizers. Potassium is arguably the most important nutrient of the three common fertilizer ingredients, as plants require it for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process of turning sunlight into energy and powers much of our world. Potassium also assists with the way plants process water and form protein. It is found in seawater which is collected and removed as the water evaporates, the same process used to produce salt. As with salt, it is granular and it plays an important role in your lawn care.


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