Besides carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, all plants need mineral nutrient elements. These are found in the soil and absorbed by the plant’s root system. The three main nutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).
Nitrogen promotes rapid growth, leaf development, chlorophyll formation and protein synthesis. Phosphorus plays a key role in early root growth, hastens maturity, stimulates blooming and aids seed formation. Potassium increases resistance to drought and disease and also plays a part in root growth as well as in stem development.
You will find the NPK content printed on the front of bags of fertilizer. The bags may not say “NPK”, but you see a series of three numbers, which correspond, respectively, to the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content of the fertilizer. They are always listed in that order.
At Red Maple we apply the right mixture of fertilizer nutrients at the right time of year. This may be up to seven fertilizer applications approximately 4-6 weeks apart that contain fertilizer and broadleaf weed control.
If you’re undecided about hiring a professional lawn fertilizer service, call Red Maple Lawn to see how our services can help. When we arrive at your property we will:
- Analyze your grass species and soil to find the right combination of fertilizer ingredients.
- Apply it to prevent over-saturated or nutrient-deficient sections of grass.
- Maintain a healthy application schedule that matches your lawn’s nitrogen release rate.