Oregon Lawn Fertilization
Want to have a fabulous, lush, and green lawn? Well, it takes work, and fertilization is a key aspect of a healthy and beautiful lawn. Today we will discuss the basics of lawn fertilization in western Oregon. It is true that most lawns in Oregon are not fertilized and still manage to be functional, but the best looking lawns are always a product of great care. Unfertilized lawns have a tendency to be light green or even brown and contain a high weed population. Perennial ryegrass is the most commonly planted grass throughout Oregon and is especially prone to diseases like red thread, rust, and brown blight. This is more apt to happen when lawns are not fertilized. Oregon lawns that are fertilized withstand a lot more wear and tear, compete stronger against weeds, and are able to recover from damage more quickly. The fact is, lawn fertilization will keep your lawn both healthy and beautiful.
When to Fertilize in Oregon?
Dark, lush looking lawns need food to continue to thrive. How often to fertilize your lawn depends on many factors. To maintain high quality grass in Oregon, lawns should be fertilized three times per season. Once in April, again in late may to early June, and one more time in late August to early September. It is important to have soil tested before fertilizing. All golf courses and specialty lawns have soil tests done each year to help determine the proper formula of food for that grass and soil combination. Soil tests help to determine the pH and chemical makeup of your soil to see what food will be best in helping your lawn to thrive.
What Exactly Is Fertilizer?
Fertilizer is made up of elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Nitrogen is perhaps the most important nutrient in fertilizer, it is what stimulates grass growth, improves density, and makes grass that dark green color. By stimulating growth, nitrogen also helps to prevent diseases like red thread, rust, and brown blight. Potassium helps grass develop hardiness to heat and cold and increase wear tolerance. The fertilizer you or your lawn caretaker choose should incorporate the above elements in a fashion to produce the optimal pH level for your type of grass. For example, if too much sulfur is added to a lawn, it can create overly acidic soil. Finding the proper blend is imperative to good lawn fertilization.
Optimal Soil pH level for Common Grasses in Oregon
Perennial Ryegrass: 5.5-6.5
Fine Fescues: 5.5-6.5
Tall Fescue: 5.5-6.5
Annual Bluegrass: 6.0-7.0
Kentucky Bluegrass: 6.0-7.0
All of this science sounding a little complicated? It is. But All Oregon Landscaping is experienced and trained in dealing with all types of grasses and soil in western Oregon. Let us help you find the right fertilization program for your lawn to keep it looking healthy, lush, and green all season long. We can handle the science behind creating a vibrant green lawn as well as the application and other maintenance aspects of lawn care such as mowing, dethatching, aeration, and seeding. We work all over western Oregon and Washington, including Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Happy Valley, Oregon City, West Linn, Sherwood, and more. Call us today, before you miss the first round of optimal fertilizing in May!