If you are planning to plant grass on your Colorado plot of land or you are already the proud owner of a lawn, but you think that your lawn could be even more beautiful, you might want to consider using a different fertilizer to nourish your grass. The choice of the best product will be far from easy – there are so many great and efficient fertilizers available in the stores, not to mention making your own fertilizer, that making the best decision is not easy. To help you make your way among all those products and options, here are a few things to have in mind and to know about.
Know Your Environment
Colorado has a variety of climate areas and its geography is also very complex, as can be expected of a state dominated by the Rocky Mountains. The climate and the terrain are two aspects that make Colorado soil special and difficult in many ways. In most areas, the soil is rocky or contains high amounts of sand or clay, which means that the soil in many Colorado areas needs serious help to be fertile. While soil that has rocky, clammy and cloggy texture is easy to recognize, you should also know how acid or alkaline your soil to be able to pick the best lawn fertilizer for your turf. The best way to find that out is to take a sample of your soil and to have that sample analyzed in a laboratory – choosing the best fertilizer will be much easier when you know what your soil needs.
Be Aware of Available Options
Lawn fertilizers contain a combination of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium – the three most important macro-nutrients that plants need to thrive. The actual composition of a fertilizer is displayed on the packaging in the form of NPK (nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium) numbers – if you see, for example, that a product formula consists of 10-8-10, it means that the product 10% nitrogen, 8% phosphorous and 10% potassium. When picking your product, you should rely on the results of the soil test and choose an option that help balance the nutrient contents of your soil.
Another feature to make up your mind about is whether you want a synthetic or an organic product. Synthetic products give your grass a quick boost of energy, but that is about all that you can expect of them. Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, contain components that improve the texture of your soil, enabling it to retain water more efficiently and encouraging the activity of fungi and bacteria that make your soil more fertile on the long run. Organic products are also slow-acting, which means that the interval between two fertilization sessions can be around 6 weeks, compared to the intervals of around 4 weeks required with synthetic products. When it comes to organic fertilizers, you can choose to buy your products in a store or you can make your own, by collecting the household waste produced around your home and the grass clippings from your lawn and letting the matter ferment for about a year to produce an excellent fertilizer.