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3 Benefits of Fertilizing your Lawn

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3 Benefits of Fertilizing your Lawn

A beautiful, healthy lawn can be an incredible asset to your home. Not only does a good-looking lawn improve your curb appeal, it makes being outdoors more satisfying. If you're trying to sell your home, a well-kept lawn gives prospective buyers an excellent first impression, and if you're having houseguests, a healthy lawn is a big part of making your home feel inviting. Proper lawn care is a must if your yard is to live up to its full potential, and along with regular mowing, watering, and pest control, fertilizing can play an important role in keeping the grass greener on your side of the fence. Here are three major benefits of fertilizing your lawn that every homeowner should be aware of:

  1. 1.Fertilizing Reduces the Chances of Weed Growth

    A beautiful, healthy lawn can be an incredible asset to your home. Not only does a good-looking lawn improve your curb appeal, it makes being outdoors more satisfying.

    If you go into any home improvement or garden center, you'll undoubtedly find a section of products specifically designed to kill weeds in your lawn. The truth is, though: Thick, healthy grass is naturally resistant to weed growth. Obviously, weeds are very resilient and hardy organisms; they have a much harder time taking root, however, when your lawn is thick and healthy.


    Persistent weed issues may require specific weed-killing measures, but using a fertilizer to make the grass in your yard as healthy and thick as possible will go a long way in reducing weed activity without using additional products or taking additional measures.

  2. 2.Fertilization Protects your Investment in New Turf

    There are a number of reasons to install new turf and plenty of different varieties of grass to choose from. There is one constant in this equation that every homeowner who's ever taken on this project can attest to: New turf isn't cheap.


    A beautiful new turf installation will lose its luster pretty quickly if it isn't installed and cared for properly, and part of proper installation and maintenance is using fertilizer. Before it is installed, a starter application of fertilizer should be put down to help the new sod thrive in its new environment. After the sod takes root (give it about a month), a normal fertilization schedule can then be employed. Doing this will help to ensure your investment is protected, and that your new lawn will continue to look great well after its installation.

  3. 3.Fertilization = Less Mess

    Soggy puddles and muddy patches after a very heavy shower are not necessarily the end of the world, but they can be an issue if they occur regularly after a moderate or even light rain. Fertilizer strengthens the roots of your grass, and one of the many benefits of strong grass roots is that they are able to absorb water more quickly; this, in turn, reduces the chances of muddy spots forming (and can even eliminate muddy patches that have already formed).

  4. 4.Fertilizer and the Environment

    Some folks who are extremely dedicated to mowing and watering their lawns may have reservations about using fertilizers because they have heard that such products can leech into ground water. However, the dense, extensive root system of a lawn does an excellent job of preventing fertilizer from flowing into areas it shouldn't. As the Professional Landcare Network puts it: "Current research indicates that the potential is quite low for fertilizers and pesticides applied to turf to leach downward to ground water or to run off into storm drains or other non-target areas." Studies conducted by Cornell University, Penn State, Ohio State, and the University of Rhode Island back up this statement, concluding that residential lawn fertilization and pest control "…is not a major concern." It is important to remember, however, that many products--including fertilizer--can have adverse effects if they are not used properly. Read the directions on packaging thoroughly and discuss the products you buy with someone in the know; this will ensure that your happy, healthy lawn is as eco-friendly as it is nice to look at.

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