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Advice from Yukon Experts Regarding Fertilization

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

A lush green lawn takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and most of all patience. Those who are blessed with green fingers may enjoy the idea of not ever having to spoil their garden with mistakes, however, some of us who don’t necessarily have that advantage need a bit of an extra helping hand from garden stores that sell all types of aids in helping us to keep our backyards well maintained throughout the year.

So, what are these things that one needs to do when striving to keep their green lawns, green?  Well, there’s de-weeding it, then there is improving the drainage, getting rid of thatch and moss, aerating the lawn, seeding it, mowing it, feeding and watering it constantly, to mention a few things. Others can be found here. But nothing works as well as one thing that is a necessity in every garden – Fertilization. Without a good fertilizer, you could go wrong in so many ways and every effort you put into this space will be in vain. 

There is a reason why this one element when added to any type of garden or grass will help it to thrive. We look at everything you need to know about it below. 


What Is Fertilizer?

As human beings, it’s important that we take supplements to make sure that we get all the vitamins that our body needs. Much in the same way when soil is lacking in nutrients. Fertilizers are used to take extra care of the grass and as well as plants to grow properly and healthily. 

Most brands on the market include three main minerals in them, one of them is Potassium, which helps the plants and grass to use more nitrogen from the soil. There is also Phosphorous which is a useful substance in helping and encouraging the growth of roots and plants. Lastly, there is Nitrogen which acts as a foliar to promote growth and enhance the color of everything.

If you are not sure which of the three is lacking in your lawn, doing a soil test is a quick and easy way to figure it out, so you can choose the right type of additive for your garden. There are four easy ways to do this, which can be found here: https://www.thespruce.com/easy-diy-soil-tests-2539856



When Is Fertilization Needed and Things to Consider

There are many formats of fertilizer, for instance, one could acquire granules for their lawn, or a foliar spray, stakes, or even time-release formats, whichever one you choose to add to your backyard, timing is the most important element to take into consideration. 

For most professional gardeners they would already know that the general rule of thumb is to apply this during early spring time. This is especially great if you’ve got plants that bear fruits or flowers, however, in some regions, this may not be the case, especially where there is snow, which will freeze the plants and as such one should consider doing this application during the date of the final frost, one the snow season is over. 

The most effective time, in general, is during the peak growing cycle. When the plant leaves are starting to pop out, which is usually during springtime. This however will differ with indoor plants, where if they are pot bound, they may need a liquid format and fed every month. 

The advice from C Green Lawns – Fertilization in Yukon, is to use a slow-release type of fertilizer and only during the spring, summer, and fall seasons, but not during winter as they do not have an active growth period at this time, especially if your growing vegetables in your garden as well. Other application times will be found on the manufacturer’s instructions on the bag you buy or you can seek the advice of a professional gardening service.     

Another thing to consider is how much to use. The general estimation is for 3 pounds nitrogen per 1000 square feet should be enough for “woody” plants, sometimes people prefer to add half that, especially to flowering or ornamental types of plants. For instance, if your growing “Perennials”, they would only need 1 pound per 1000 square feet.

In any type of application, the fertilizer needs to be watered thoroughly as well, this helps to get it where it is most needed in the roots. 




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