On the front of every fertilizer bottle, you may notice three numbers listed, with dashes between, like this: 16-8-4. These numbers each stand for an essential nutrient your lawn needs to stay healthy, green and growing. The first number listed represents the concentration of nitrogen, one of the most beneficial nutrients in your lawn care routine!
Nitrogen is a vital element that plants use in their amino acids, which form proteins and build structures, leading to visible grass growth. Nitrogen also contributes to the overall wellness of your grass, which can improve absorption. If your grass is not healthy enough for its roots to absorb anything, then it won’t matter the amount of water or nutrients you lay on your lawn, your grass won’t be able to get them from your soil! That means with an absence of nitrogen in your liquid lawn care, the rest of your routine will not be effective at all!
Below ground, nitrogen provides benefits on a cellular level. Above ground, you will see changes in your lawn, especially if nitrogen becomes an integral part of your lawn care. Your lawn will look greener, and even if you think your lawn is already green, the color will intensify. Nitrogen helps your plants produce more chlorophyll, which creates that green glow! Most fertilizer has quick-release nitrogen, which definitely enhances growth. At Simple Lawn Solutions, we pair quick-release nitrogen with slow-release nitrogen, so your lawn grows, but the grass that comes in will be dense, with solid blades. Slow-release nitrogen also keeps your lawn fed between fertilizing sessions in your lawn care routine.
If you’re not sure if your lawn is lacking nitrogen, here are some signs to look for:
These symptoms are pointing you in one direction – you need a high nitrogen fertilizer for your lawn!
Choosing the right concentration of nitrogen in your fertilizer depends on your lawn’s weaknesses and your overall lawn care goals. If you’re focusing on growth and green and you’re fertilizing far from the dormant season, then use our 28-0-0 Liquid Lawn Food. For pet owners, your lawn may have been damaged by your pet’s use of your yard, so you want to pair the nitrogen with phosphorous and potassium in a balanced formula. Our 16-4-8 Balanced Liquid Lawn Food brings the green and growth, while providing nutrients that enhance root development, and help your lawn withstand harsh weathers and disease. This balance prevents your lawn from more “burning” damage, but still delivers an effective dose of nitrogen. Strength might be the main goal in your lawn care, so your lawn can withstand more foot traffic and environmental factors. Our 15-0-15 Phosphorous-free Liquid Lawn Food puts the focus on creating a stronger turf above ground.
Your lawn has been fertilized, but you want to take your lawn care to the next level! If you see signs of nitrogen deficiency, follow up a high nitrogen fertilizer with Liquid Lawn Energizer, intensified with nitrogen. Fit for any grass type, any time of year, Lawn Energizer will boost health, growth, and color without overwhelming your lawn with too much of the same nutrients from the fertilizer. Nitrogen plays a major role in delivering energy to your lawn, as it works quickly to bring the nutrients in your soil to optimum levels and helps soil freely move those nutrients to plant roots.
The importance of nitrogen in your lawn care regimen should not be overlooked. With a little help from Simple Lawn Solutions, we can help you be more confident in choosing the right fertilizer with the best nutrients!
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