Fertilize in moderation to grow a lush, healthy lawn
Fertilizer is often touted as the secret behind lush lawns that flourish throughout the year. However, pouring granules into your spreader and fertilizing your entire lawn isn’t guaranteed to produce great results. In fact, over-fertilization causes a variety of problems, including insect damage, diseases, decreased drought resistance, and fertilizer burn. Excess fertilizer is also a major cause of water pollution in Texas and the Dallas area. If you’re interested in growing a greener, healthier lawn, here’s what you need to know.
Mowing, edging, aeration and power raking are the cornerstones of lawn care. Most of these tasks are fairly simple, but fertilization requires greater precision. If you’ve ever seen a lawn with snaking streaks, you’ve seen the effects of over-fertilization. As a general rule, warm-season grasses, including Bermuda and St. Augustine, require 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
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