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Pumping Iron: Strengthen Your Lawn

Olvin White - Monday, March 13, 2017
Pumping Iron: Strengthen Your Lawn

Well, it is that time of year… The time of year where at any given moment you notice that the neighbors are out working in their yards. Flowers are blooming, bushes and trees are beginning to thicken and fill out. The grass is greener. Or is it?

If you notice, some lawns turn greener, darker and more plush than others (and at a faster pace also). Of course there’s always the routine of watering and springtime weed & feed. Perhaps you have done that, but your lawn still looks more yellowish and pale than it should. Maybe it just doesn’t have that full green, plush carpet type look that you desire. What else can you do?

Well here is a little secret of lawn care and landscaping professionals that isn’t really a secret… Iron! It could very well be that your lawn needs a little dose of iron. If you live in Houston, for example, where we experienced above average rainfall in certain areas, your lawn may be struggling. The additional rain could have washed some of the iron out of your soil, thus reducing the iron levels of your grass.

Now is a great time, particularly if you have not done your spring weed & feed, to add a little iron to your lawn. Most over the counter lawn fertilizer has little to no iron in it, but they are very high in nitrogen. You can visit your favorite home improvement store and find a wide variety of options. Iron supplements for your lawn can be purchased in liquid or granulated form, similar to fertilizer. Most professionals prefer the granules, because it is easier to get even coverage across the entire lawn.

It is important to note that iron should be applied with extreme care. The ideal temperature would be in the 60-70 degree range. Applying iron to grass in temperatures of 80 or more could cause undue stress to the grass plant, making it weaker and more susceptible to disease. Also, be mindful to keep the iron off of the concrete areas such as driveways and walkways. Iron pellets can cause immediate and permanent staining once they get wet.

Lastly, it is not necessary to add iron to flower beds, but if you get a little in there, don’t worry. Flowers need iron just like grass does, and a little extra won’t hurt. If you are concerned about the proper application of or need for an iron supplement, but you just aren’t sure what to do, we suggest contacting a professional such as On The Job Services.

 

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    This blog is presented for informational purposes only. Nothing shared in this blog constitutes specific professional advise, as it is impossible to address your landscaping and lawn care concerns without a proper assessment.