They say that the grass is greener on the other side. While metaphorically this might not always be true, in some cases, it can be literally true. We’ve all seen it. We drive down a road only to be captivated by the verdant, emerald green lawn that lays gracefully outside of a home in Orange County. You think back to your own lawn, with grass that still looks nice, but could look better. What are they doing that you’re not? They’re probably taking the time to fertilize their lawn. But does your lawn really need it? Orange County’s premier lawn service, Lawn By Twins, will dive into this topic in today’s post.

What Does Fertilizer Do?

Fertilizers help your grass grow by pumping the soil full of helpful nutrients. In particular, fertilizers often use a specific blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to promote grass growth. These nutrients are needed by your grass all year long, and so you have to strategically add fertilizer to your lawn throughout the year.

When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?

Thanks to the unique climate of Southern California, you can grow both warm and cool weather grass varieties, including those like Marathon grass. That means you’ll need to fertilize your yard about four times a year. Generally, you’ll want to fertilize at the end of spring, the end of summer, the middle of fall and the end of winter. This ensures that your particular kind of grass gets the nutrients it needs to thrive. You can get in touch with your lawn care specialist to determine what kind of grass you have and how often you’ll need to fertilize it.

How Much Fertilizer Should I use?

There is a delicate balance between quality and quantity when it comes to fertilizer. You’ll want enough to provide your entire yard with the nutrients it needs, but putting out too much fertilizer in one go or even over the course of a year can result in crispy, thin grass. We typically recommend that Southern California grasses get about four to six pounds of actual nitrogen fertilizer per year for every 1,000 square feet. You should also be careful in where you’re placing the fertilizer. Areas that get more direct sunlight will need more fertilizer than those in shady areas. Over-fertilizing grass in shady areas will only result in burned out grass.

Which Fertilizer Is Best?

Despite what the ads tell you, no one fertilizer is the best. There are a variety of fertilizers for a variety of lawns and grasses. You’ll need to identify the grass variety that is in your yard, and then consult with a lawn care specialist to figure out which fertilizer formula will lead to the best results for your lawn.

Is Fertilizing Really A Miracle Product?

Yes and no. Yes, it can help your grass grow tall and lush, but it can’t do it on its own. To ensure that the fertilizer actually works its way into the ground and you get the best results, you’ll need to aerate your lawn too. California as a whole is notorious for it’s hard packed and dense soil, this is especially true in Southern California. This means that fertilizer can just sit on top of the soil if the earth hasn’t been aerated. Aeration allows the grassroots to get air and water that it wouldn’t otherwise. Essentially, aerating your lawn acts as a way to sort of refresh your soil and your lawn. It also helps to save you water, as your soil can absorb moisture more effectively, preventing runoff and water waste. Unlike fertilizing which needs to be done throughout the year, aeration is best carried out during the grass’s “active summer,” basically from late spring to mid-summer. You can aerate your lawn using motorized or hand tools, but to get the best results, you’ll want to work with a professional lawn service.

Orange County’s Favorite Lawn Service

Does fertilizing your lawn sound like a lot of work? Let us take care of it! Lawn By Twins is a Top Rated Local® lawn care service for a reason. With years of experience and a passion for our craft, we can offer you spectacular results. We offer three levels of lawn care, designed for every yard and every budget. Connect with us today to start your lawn care service!

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