In recent years, with the increase in cyanobacteria-blue-green algae outbreaks in Quebec lakes in the summer, the fertilization of lawns has often been singled out. Are so-called chemical fertilizers applied to lawns a major source of pollution in waterways? Studies show the opposite!
Lawn care vs. no lawn care
conducted by researchers at Laval University clearly shows that fertilized lawns retain water better than untended lawns and significantly reduce runoff, thus reducing nutrient losses to waterways – especially phosphorus, which is the main cause of blue-green algae blooms. Thus, a properly fertilized lawn, with the right fertilizers, releases a negligible amount of nutrients, while a lawn that is not properly maintained lets in many more nutrients, including those naturally present in the soil.
Why a 3-step fertilization?
The Experts Network Nutrite works with a proven fertilizer recipe that is designed to meet your lawn’s needs at the right time. The total amount of nutrients needed to keep your lawn healthy is divided into 3 fertilizations-spring, summer and fall-to provide your lawn with what it needs at the right time of the year. Like humans, plants can only take in a certain amount of food at a time. Giving them more than they are able to absorb will not do them any favors. Anything that is not absorbed by the plant will be released into the environment, potentially burning your lawn and contaminating the water.
Slow-release and phosphorus-free fertilizers
Mineral fertilizers are often called “chemical fertilizers” because they are created in a laboratory. It is important to know that the plant does not make a distinction on the source, whether it is of natural or mineral origin, it is just as comfortable with it, as long as it is given the right dosage at the right time. Both types of fertilizers have advantages and disadvantages. When used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, mineral fertilizers are no more dangerous for the environment and can even remove phosphorus from its composition. Since most Quebec soils contain sufficient amounts of phosphorus, it is not necessary to add more to ensure the health of plants. Furthermore, technology allows us to create fertilizers with biodegradable coatings that control the release of nutrients into the soil over a defined period of time. This good practice allows us to feed the plant little by little rather than all at once for better absorption. The most important thing is to split the amount of fertilizer you use at different times of the year and always follow the product label.
Entrusting your lawn care to a Nutrite Expert ensures that your lawn will be long-lasting and healthy and will contribute positively to improving your carbon footprint. Your ally works with quality lawn fertilizers, a well-defined dosage and makes sure to apply the products according to the rules of the art for an optimal effect on the plant, without danger for the environment. Ask for your free evaluation today.