Spring weather breaks according to Mother Nature – not a calendar. And while the start of spring is somewhat uncertain, lawn care becomes predictable once the season officially settles in. One of the first steps to cultivating lush, green grass is applying starter fertilizer and watering your lawn as soon as warmer temperatures become more consistent.
Three common types of fertilizers are natural organic, inorganic and synthetic organic. Natural organic lawn fertilizer, such as manure, does not dissolve in water and converts to usable forms with the help of microorganisms in the soil. Inorganic fertilizers (ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate) dissolve easily in water, becoming readily available for plants to absorb. They can cause fast growth for a few weeks, but can also cause foliage to burn if improperly applied. Synthetic organic fertilizers (ureafoam, methylene urea) provide a combination of slow and fast release of nitrogen, combining the best features of natural organic and inorganic fertilizer.
Whatever type of lawn fertilizer or lawn food you decide to apply, it’s important to follow the packaging instructions closely to ensure the best opportunity for growth. For more information on the right fertilizer to suit your lawn care needs, speak to an expert at your local Ace or check out our fertilizer guide.