Grass has been around for a long time, and it has done pretty well on its own. For example, think of a meadow where the grass looks great. But, it only looks great from afar. A closer inspection reveals bare spots, weeds and unsightly “scars.”
We expect more from the grass in our yards. It’s not a meadow. It’s part of our home, and the grasses growing in a meadow often are not ideal for a home lawn. When we mow, we cut off a great deal of the plant, and grasses compensate for this loss by growing new shoots. This comes at a cost to the plant, and fertilizing can help provide the necessary nutrients the grass needs to develop a thick, green turf.
Lawn owners can also help grass combat heat, insects, dry weather, foot traffic and constant mowing by giving the grass what it requires — a generous supply of the proper nutrients. And, in order to achieve optimum results — and have that thick, green lawn we expect to have surrounding our homes — it is important to provide those nutrients year round.