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A healthier lawn gives you a healthier home

(NC) A thick, healthy lawn is lot more than nice looking green space.

Well-maintained turf, for example, cools our atmosphere, reduces erosion and is better able to withstand the extreme heat and drought conditions of late summer. Like all living things, plants, including grass, need food for optimal health. Thicker, healthier lawns with deeper root structures make a bigger contribution to the environment around your home.

Spring and fall are the best times to feed your lawn, say advisors in this field. Do it in early- and late-spring, and then avoid applying fertilizer when the temperatures are above 30°C. Feed again in the fall to provide nutrition that will help see your lawn through the long, cold winter.

If you have leftover fertilizer from last season, you can still use it. Break up any clumps before placing it in the spreader, and store any remaining fertilizer in the original package, sealed, and stored in a cool dry place.

It's important to use the right fertilizer on your type of lawn, so always read the bag for information that includes the amount of nutrients, such as the NPK for Nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). The bag will also tell you how much area it will cover and how to apply it properly. Newly established lawns require phosphorous for root growth. Older lawns that have the clippings left on after cutting gain nutrients back as the clippings decompose. Established lawns can usually use a phosphorous-free formula.

Additional information to produce the healthiest lawn is available at GreenerWorld.ca.

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Seven Important Reasons to Feed Your Lawn

Here's why from the pros at GreenerWorld.ca:

1. Healthy turf acts as a water filtration system.

2. Thick lawns with deeper roots absorb water, reducing water run-off.

3. Lawns hold the soil particles to help prevent soil from water and wind erosion.

4. Grass acts as an air purifier by trapping and removing pollutants from the air that are then broken down by the root system (especially important in urban areas with more vehicles).

5. Healthy lawns, trees and shrubs can cool the air temperature around a home cool by 4°C to 8°C (compared to hard surfaces).

6. Lawns produce an amazing amount of oxygen. A 50-by-50-foot lawn releases enough oxygen for a family of four every day.

7. A thick healthy green carpet of grass provides a soft, safe outdoor space for people and pets to rest and play.

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