Extra care should be taken when applying any fertilizer or pesticide to the lawn. The lawn is like a sponge and is very good at trapping water and reducing runoff, but it does no good if lawn care products are spread onto hard surfaces like sidewalks and driveways and then washed into the storm water drainage system. Do your part to sweep or blow granular products back into the lawn where they stay put.
As the growing season gears up, it is also a great time to start fertilizing plants for a healthy garden. But figuring out how and when to use fertilizers can be confusing and improper fertilization can be harmful to plants. Here are a few commonly asked questions about fertilizers.
Although my forsythia shrubs are vigorous and healthy, they don’t bloom well. Why?
Should I fertilize my June-bearing strawberries in spring?
When is the best time to divide hostas?
Fall is a busy time for gardeners. With so much to do, lawn care is sometimes neglected. However, proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. Important fall lawn care practices include mowing, fertilizing, controlling broadleaf weeds and raking.
To explain how to take good soil samples, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication, "Take a Good Soil Sample to Help Make Good Fertilization Decisions."
Planting small fruits in gardens is a popular part of spring. But some need more support than others. When is it right to fertilize small fruits? Or should it be done at all?
The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. Having adequate nitrogen available is critical for corn production, but given the high prices for fertilizer it is important farmers determine the right amount that is needed on their crops.
The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance, including the mowing, watering, fertilizing and grub control.