Nitrogen is considered the most important component for supporting plant growth. While nitrogen is a natural element, plants cannot absorb it in this natural form. The nitrogen in the environment is synthesized into fertilizers which are readily available to plants. A proper application of balanced fertilizer promotes a thick, green and sustainable lawn.
Too much nitrogen however, can cause stability issues, leaching nutrients and over-stimulating top growth. Such fertilizers generally use a “quick release” formulation that allow for fast greening, but provide for no long term health. Nourishing your lawn strictly from fertilizers like this sends the lawn into a high-stress “starvation cycle.” It would be like eating candy for every meal – probably not the best choice for your lawn! Unfortunately, many commercially sold fertilizers contain too little slow release nitrogen, if any, or are applied in too large a quantity. The best result for your lawn and the environment are achieved by applying the correct type of nitrogen, in the proper amount, at optimal times throughout the year.
As stewards of the environment, SavaLawn provides treatments that are sustainable and agronomically effective by not wasting or over-using nitrogen in fertilizer treatments. Our balanced blends provide the best high performance diet for you lawn throughout the seasons. SavaLawn applications consist primarily of organically blended slow-release nitrogen fertilizers to promote a healthy, uniform and lasting lawn. Though slow-release nitrogen is slightly more expensive than other less-effective treatments, it will inevitably lead to a better performing lawn due to its controlled release method. Some soluble (quick release) nitrogen is necessary during cooler months and for immediate plant nutrition.
Proper fertilization, especially in the fall, affects how well the lawn will perform the following year by increasing vigor and reducing stress. Nitrogen is used as part of a balanced fertilizer to develop roots and store essential nutrients to be used by the plant over the winter months leading to early “green-up” in the spring. This is also an economical choice because you will enter a new season with a stronger lawn, reducing the likelihood of weed, insect and disease treatments. Nitrogen is the main nutrient and regulator of plant growth – it supplements and promotes all of a plant’s growth processes. A slow-release nitrogen fertilizer eliminates sporadic growth surges and reduces runoff because less fertilizer is used. It is important to enlist the help of a certified arborist/lawn consultant to diagnose your property’s fertility needs and develop a custom program that will give you the results you desire.
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