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Fertilization landscaping tips for St. Augustine grass

by on September 10, 2014

Choosing the right kind of fertilizer and making sure your Long Island lawn is fertilized at the right times and at the correct rate is paramount to a healthy, green Long Island lawn that is resistant to disease, insect infestations and fungus. Most landscaping professionals recommend nitrogen fertilizer for St. Augustine Long Island lawns to acquire a rich, green color and a steady rate of growth.

Landscaping experts recommend one pound of high-quality nitrogen fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet. This amount should be applied each month during the active growing season for optimal results. This rate of fertilization will guarantee the desired thickness and color that makes St. Augustine a preferable turf grass. If the applied fertilizer exceeds this amount, the growth may be lush, but the Long Island lawn is also more prone to insect infestations and disease. Additionally, thatch becomes a problem if the nitrogen is too high, blocking vital nutrients, air and moisture from reaching the roots of the Long Island lawn.

Fall fertilization serves to help St. Augustine grass preserve its existing thickness and color throughout the winter months and also encourage quick spring green-up. Your landscaping provider should administer one pound of high-quality nitrogen every 30 to 60 days.

One drawback of St. Augustine grass is its sensitivity to iron deficiency; however, this can be easily corrected with foliar applications or iron sulfate treatments. Potassium applications are also utilized in St. Augustine grass to encourage root growth, tolerance to cooler or cold weather and the ability to withstand periods of drought.

If you want the best for your St. Augustine Long Island lawn, call your local landscaping service and ask about their fertilization program.

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