Plants use the nutrients absorbed from the ground to grow green and strong. As spring and summer get into full swing, you may find yourself frustrated with your lawn's lack of lush green grass and abundance of weeds and insects. Take a few moments to consider how fertilizer can be a one-two punch for your yards problems.

To fertilize or not to fertilize?

Fertilizer is used to add nutrients to soil to help plants grow. It would not be wrong to assume that if your grass is not growing the way you prefer, there may be a nutrient deficiency with the soil. Before applying fertilizer, you can determine what minerals and nutrients the soil may be missing by picking up a soil test kit from your local garden supply shop. Too much fertilizer can cause rapid growth of your grass but cause it to have weakened root systems. The result of this is the creation of excess runoff that may be harmful for the environment. If you find that fertilizer is the best choice for your lawn, it can help to control some of the most common problems such as the following:

Weeds

Weeds can ruin the presentation of your lawn and take precious nutrients from the grass you are trying to grow. There are many varieties of weeds all over the country that change with the season and soil conditions. You can check with your state's Cooperative Extension Office for the types of grasses and weeds that grow in your area. They can also tell you when the weed is more likely to grow so as to best time for their treatment. Fertilizer can be blended with an herbicide to target certain unwanted plants. For others, such as the Dutch Clover, the presence of more nutrient dense soil is enough to stop their growth.

Insects

Insects such as lawn grubs, the larvae for the Japanese beetle, live in the in the ground and munch on the root systems of your grass. Along with many other chewing insects, they can cause large sections of your grass to die, leaving you clueless as to the issue. Specially formulated fertilizer can help to prevent these dastardly little things from snacking on your yard by repelling them and killing off larvae that wants to make a home. Contacting your local extension office can also help you find information on how to deal with yard bugs.

If you find yourself with a weed or insect problem that wont go away, or the task seems overwhelming, don't hesitate to hire a professional lawn care or pest control service like Collins Lawn/Insect Control. They will have knowledge of your area and all the common plants and insects that can be problematic. With an application service of once or twice a year, they can help you enjoy a beautiful lawn through the best months of the warm seasons and give you practical information on how to care for it.  

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