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Fertilizing Plants vs. Grass

Fertilizing isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Different types of plants each have their own nutrient requirements and should be fertilized at varying times, and in different quantities. Some fertilizers promote root growth, while others encourage flowering.

Additionally, standard recommendations for other parts of the U.S. are often inappropriate for South Florida’s unique climate. It’s one of the primary reasons that many homeowners prefer to hire a professional landscaper that has in-depth experience and knowledge of South Florida weather conditions and plant species.

It’s important to understand the composition of fertilizers. They will feature three numbers, such as 12-12-12, that indicates the primary nutrients and the quantity. The first number indicates the amount of nitrogen, the second is the amount of phosphate, and the third is the amount of potash/potassium. Fertilize is typically needed more during the warm, wet growing season and less in the cool, drier months.

Nitrogen promotes photosynthesis, rapid growth, lush foliage and fruit. Phosphate is required for respiration, energy, root growth, and strong, robust plants from seedling to maturity. Potash aids plants in absorbing moisture, utilizing a range of nutrients, boosting disease resistance and hardiness, and producing abundant blooms.

Bushes and Trees

In general, established bushes and trees do well with two or three applications of fertilizer each year. Typically it’s applied about February and October, with another during the summer if needed. Fertilizer for trees and shrubs should be applied at the drip line, not around the trunks or base.

Grass

Fertilizer should be applied to lawn grass in the spring, but only when it’s actively growing and creating new shoots. That typically happens about mid-April. Use a time-release formula before any fertilizer restrictions go into effect and applications should take place approximately every 6-8 weeks during the summer. It’s better to err on the side of caution when fertilizing the lawn and take into account the type of grass and its needs.

Flowers

Perennial flowers and bulbs can benefit from occasional fertilizing, but be careful when applying it near newly planted flowers. It can be a good idea to give them a little time after planting to acclimate and become established before fertilizing.

Native Plants

Native plants, grasses, and flowers have adapted to the prevailing conditions and generally require little fertilizer – if any. Fertilizing native species can actually do more harm than good.

 

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How Often Should My Lawn be Fertilized?

As a local landscaper in Boca Raton, how often should I fertilize my lawn is one of the most frequently asked questions we get from property owners and there’s no easy answer. The need to fertilize a lawn relies on a variety of factors ranging from the soil and type of lawn grass used to weather conditions and time of the year. It’s easy to make a mistake that can result in damage that will be costly to repair, and you’ll have to live with an unsightly lawn until it regrows.

Lawns typically need to be fertilized once or twice a year, but it should be done when the grass is experiencing the greatest rate of growth. Applying fertilizer when it isn’t needed is a waste of money, doesn’t benefit the lawn, and is damaging to the environment.

It’s important to determine what type of grass is growing in your lawn. What’s known as cool-season grasses experience vigorous growth throughout winter months and need fertilizer in the autumn. Other types need fertilizer in the spring or early summer and the process can be performed again in the fall.

The time of day for applying fertilizer is equally important. The optimal time is following a hard rain. If you have an irrigation system, fertilize after a significant watering. Don’t fertilize ahead of a heavy rainstorm. The fertilizer may wash away and nutrients will leach out and run off in the rain rather than going into the soil where it will feed grassroots.

Each fertilizer label has three numbers that you need to know, for example, 12-12-12. The first number is the nitrogen content, the second refers to phosphate, and the third is the amount of potash it contains.

It’s essential that the right combination of nutrients be applied for the type of grass you have and the specific needs of the lawn according to the soil. It’s easy to “burn” a lawn by over fertilizing or using one that’s too potent.

If you’re unsure about any aspect of fertilizing your lawn, it’s best to call in the professionals. They have the in-depth knowledge and training required to assess your lawn, understand its unique needs, and identify any potential problems.

RCH Landscaping is a full service landscape company based in Boca Raton, Florida. We design, install, and maintain Commercial and Residential landscapes all around Boca Raton, Delray Beach and The Palm Beach areas. Our team of highly skilled landscape technicians have an undisputed track record of creating and maintaining beautiful commercial and residential landscapes all over South Florida.

Contact RCH Landscaping Today for a Free Estimate

561-779-9760

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