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When to use fertilizers

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Know When to Apply Fertilizer

To prevent fertilizer from washing into water bodies, it’s important to

know the right time to fertilize. Follow these tips before fertilizing:

• Consider the time of year, climate, soil type and, most important,

type of grass and health or condition of the lawn before applying

fertilizer.

• Fertilize only when the grass is actively growing. For instance,

during the winter, grass is dormant in many areas of Florida;

therefore, fertilizer is not necessary. Fertilizer applied when grass

is not growing wastes your money and time, since it will not be

beneficially used by the grass. Instead, it will leach through the soil

or run off and pollute nearby water bodies.

Use caution when using fertilizers

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Recent studies have shown that nitrate levels are rising in many local

water bodies. Nitrate is a form of nitrogen that is found in inorganic

fertilizers. Nitrogen is needed to help lawns stay healthy. When fertilizer

is applied correctly, the grass will use all the nitrogen. If applied

incorrectly, nitrogen can leach into our groundwater or wash off the land

and into lakes, rivers and the gulf. Once in our water bodies, nutrients

from fertilizer may cause algae to grow. Algae can form large blooms

that shade out beneficial aquatic plants and use oxygen that fish need to

survive. 


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