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This week's Turf Talk we will be discussing fertilizing and important nutrients for healthy turgrass!
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Fertilizing is something that is important in sustaining a healthy field. Just like we need to eat our fruits and vegetables, turfgrass needs to have its nutrients as well! The most important nutrient for a healthy, beautiful field (or lawn) is nitrogen. Nitrogen can influence the color, growth and density in the turfgrass itself. The proper amount of nitrogen varies based on the soil composition and the grass type itself, and also it is important to remember that in Maryland, there are strict regulations on the amount of fertilizer you can apply for single applications and also yearly totals. Those regulations and much more info on home-lawn fertilizer topics can be found here: (Link here) Two other important nutrients are phosphorus and potassium, however in the state of Maryland you are not allowed to spread phosphorus unless you have a soil test that specifically calls for it, or you are doing a complete renovation. Potassium is a vital nutrient, especially for new growth and winter preparation, and again, rates and regulations can be found at the above-referenced website.