Feeding and Fertilizing

A lawn is actually a dense gathering of many plants, clamoring for nutrition. Even if your yard is blessed with wonderful, organically rich soil (you've put in a lawn over a former farm field or barnyard, say), over time, it won't be enough. The lawn will grow thinner with each passing year.

A well-fed lawn grows densely and is healthy. And a healthy lawn, like a healthy person or a healthy pet, is strong enough to resist disease and pests as well as environmental stresses. If you don't want your lawn to cause you trouble, don't neglect fertilizer. Fertilizing your lawn is pretty straightforward, really, and the following sections explain how to do it.

Never apply fertilizer without water. Water dilutes it appropriately and helps deliver it to the roots, where the grass can put it to good use.

Many common weeds adore infertile soil. Indeed, that preference may lend itself to a good definition of a weed: an opportunistic plant that grabs and dominates this niche. If you underfertilize your lawn, the secret will get out, and weeds will run right over the top of it to colonize the area.

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