Lawn Care Guide: Fertilizing Your Lawn
The 3 major nutrients your lawn needs to thrive are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium(K).
Nitrogen (N): Promotes vigorous blade, leaf and stem growth encouraging a dark green color. It improves overall plant health, quality and density and aids in tolerance to heat, cold and drought stress. However, too much nitrogen can cause quick blade growth at the expense of strong root development. The best type of nitrogen for your lawn is slow-release, because it offers a consistent supply of nitrogen, has less chance of burning the grass and reduces nutrient loss due to leaching from the soil. Slow-release nitrogen also reduces pollution caused by fertilizer run off from over watering or heavy rain.
Phosphorus (P): This nutrient promotes early plant development, hastens plant maturity and stimulates bloom and root development.
Potassium(K): Acting like a vitamin, potassium helps strengthen the grass plant. It also works to make your lawn more disease resistant and hardy.
Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) are always listed in this order on fertilizer bags. The numbers correspond to the amount of each in the formula.
Southern States® Premium Fertilizers
Southern States Carpetmaker Lawn Starter 20-27-5
Great for new lawns or overseeding. This
product can be applied in both the Spring and Fall and contains phosphorus for strong
- Covers 5,000 sq. ft. (102-16449)
Southern States Carpetmaker Lawn Food with Crabgrass Control 28-0-4
Contains a premium slow release fertilizer plus
Dimension® crabgrass control. Controls crabgrass all season long while feeding your lawn
to give it a deep, greener color.
5,000 sq. ft. (102-16726)
- 15,000 sq. ft. (102-16727)
Southern States Crabgrass Control
Contains Dimension crabgrass control. Stops crabgrass before it starts in established turf.
Provides post-emergent control to 3-tiller stage. Apply February through April for seasonlong
- 5,000 sq. ft. (102-16731)
Southern States Carpetmaker Lawn Food With Broadleaf Weed Control 28-0-4
Contains a premium slow release fertilizer plus
Dissolve for a broadleaf weed control that controls over 250 weeds. Can be applied in
both Spring and Fall, whenever weeds are actively growing
- 5,000 sq. ft. coverage (102-16728)
- 15,000 sq. ft. coverage (102-16729)
Southern States Broadleaf Weed Control
Contains Trimec weed control. Controls 190 broadleaf weeds in home lawnsincluding
Dandelion, Chickweed, Knotweed, Plantains, Henbit, Spurge and many others found in
home lawns. Established turf of Kentucky Bluegrass, Bentgrass, Bahiagrass, Centipedegrass,
Fescues, Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, and Perennial Ryegrass may be treated.
- 5,000 sq. ft. (102-16732)
Southern States Carpetmaker Lawn Food 25-0-13
Contains a premium slow-release fertilizer plus Iron provides long-lasting, deep greening.
Able to apply in both the Spring or Fall depending on your application needs.
- 5,000 sq. ft. (102-16450)
- 15,000 sq. ft. (102-16451)
Southern States Carpetmaker® Professional Quality Turf Fertilizers
Southern States Carpetmaker® Professional Quality Turf Fertilizers are high-quality fertilizers with aminimum amount of filler, delivering more nutrients in various forms to both turf and ornamentals
Carpetmaker®'s consistent, timed release of nitrogen throughout the season means less maintenance, mowing and watering, and fewer applications of fertilizer. In addition, because of its unique slow-release formulation.
Carpetmaker® is more environmentally friendly, with less leaching into the soil or run-off into the environment, especially where the potential is high,like slopes, compacted soil or sparsely covered lawns.
What the Professionals Use
Carpetmaker® Professional Quality Fertilizers use methylene urea as their source of slow-release nitrogen. Used by professional golf course superintendents and turf landscapers, methylene urea assures efficient and sustained release of nitrogen under a broad range of environmental conditions, consistently feeding the plant over time. It even provides uniform feeding in heavy rains or when used in equipment that can cause particle fracturing. Less expensive fertilizers use a water soluble form of nitrogen that is released immediately to the grass, causing it to be consumed rapidly and/or lost in run-off.
Carpetmaker®'s unique triple-action release uses both hydrolysis and microbial activity, providing quick, immediate and long-lasting results. And, because Carpetmaker products are formulated with low chlorine content, there is less build-up of salts in the lawn and less burn potential when conditions are dry.
To apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet, divide the first number on the fertilizer bag into 100. For example, Carpetmaker® 16-4-8 fertilizer should be applied at a rate of 6.25 pounds per 1,000 square feet (100/16 = 6.25 pounds).
Or, divide 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet by the nitrogen percentage (1/0.16 = 6.25 pounds).
Carpetmaker® is a registered trademark of Southern States Cooperative, Incorporated.