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Lawn Fertilization


Well there is some green grass left around, and if it is and you've let it start growing again you need to fertilize. We need to feed it to make sure the grass we've got alive stays healthy.

The best thing that you can fertilize, and really the safest thing to use on your lawn at this time of the year, is the slow release fertilizer types. Now, how do you know if they're slow release? First of all you look on the bag and you see sulfur coated urea or it may even say slow release on the bag. What that means is that the fertilizer has these little bitty granules in that release fertilizer over a long period of time rather than all at once when you apply it. So it will release fertilizer over a ten-week period and keep your grass growing and green slowly so you won't have to mow it as much but still keep it looking nice.

Now as you look around some of your grass, you've got living grass, but some of it may not be green. It may be yellow like we're talking about here and if that's the case the fertilizer alone probably won't green it up like you would like for it to. You need use some of these green-up products that you either spray on as a liquid or you can put out as a granule, and that will make the yellow grass green and the fertilizer will make it grow. Then maybe we can have some pretty lawns in San Antonio and in this area after all.

This has been Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service the Weekend Gardener.

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