Time To Fertilize: Choosing the Right Fertilzer

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 For those of you who will test your soil this spring, and for those who won’t, it’s time to pick the proper fertilizer for the lawn. The most important component of the fertilizer is nitrogen (the first number in fertilizer). We all need to apply nitrogen a couple of times a year. Nitrogen is used for plant growth and it can also evaporate and be washed off. Phosphate and potash (second and third numbers) can be anywhere from too much to non-existent.

After fertilizer is applied, be sure and apply a measured amount of water. Not enough water can cause burning (mainly from salt) and too much will cause run off.  If you use the correct amount of fertilizer less water will be needed to get your lawn in tip top shape. Because water restrictions are the new normal, it is tempting to apply fertilizer before the rain. It may be tempting, but controlled water amounts are best to prevent run off and uneven distribution. It is, however, a very good idea to apply your fertilizer after a rain when the ground is wet. You still need to put some water on it but it will only take a small amount.   To calculate the correct amount of fertilizer for your lawn click here.

Mansfield Feed Mill carries APF Crop Formulas. These are top of the line plant food fertilizers made to fit the needs of crops in specific soil areas. Mansfield Feed Mill carries the correct Crop Formula for this North Texas area.  

This customized plant food can be made to your exacting specifications and designed to fit your own soil testing.  Mansfield Feed Mill offers this service.  If your soil needs magnesium, boron, manganese or molybdenum, you need a customized APF Custom Formula. Come by today to speak with our garden experts or give us a call at (817) 473-1137.