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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.

Premium vs. Professional Comparison Chart

  Premium Professional
Polymer Sulfur Coated Urea PSCU slow-release nitrogen:  

     > Controlled release up to 8 weeks

 

     > Contains sulfur for additional turf greening

 
Grassy and broadleaf weed control available with or without fertilizer  
Select products contain Dimension®:  

     > Post and pre-emergent control of grassy and broadleaf weeds

 
Combination summer lawn food with insect control available  
Lawn Starter Fertilizer is formulated to Professional Line standards  
All Southern States Brand Lawn Fertilizers    
Formulated and manufactured above industry standards
Uniform flow through applicators
Uniform coverage during application
Contain iron for additional turf greening
Contain sulfur for additional turf greening
Will not burn turf when applied as directed
Professional Line    
Methylene Urea slow-release nitrogen:  

     > Controlled release up to 12 weeks

 

     > Uniform feeding during broad range of environmental conditions

 
Select products contain Avail®:  

     > Enhanced phosphorous nutrient release

 
Select products contain Wolf Trax®:  

     > Micronutrients are distributed evenly and consistently

 
Select products contain Barricade®:  

> Pre-emergent control of grassy and broadleaf weeds

 

     > Longer lasting control

 
More environmentally friendly:  

     > Less run-off and less leaching

 
Contains higher sulfur content for additional turf greening  
Select products contain magnesium for additional turf greening  
Select products contain potassium to promote summer and winter hardiness  
Low chlorine (salt) content to minimize turf burn potential  
Fewer fertilizer applications necessary to maintain healthy turf  
Select products are also recommended for flowers and ornamentals  
Dimension® is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences, LLC. Wolf Trax® is a registered trademark of Wolf Trax, Incorporated. Barricade® is a registered trademark of Syngenta Group Company.

Southern States® Premium Fertilizers

 
Lawn Starter Fertilizer 10-20-15/Avail

Lawn Starter Fertilizer 10-20-15 with AVAIL®
Apply in February-Early April or whenever you seed or reseed

  • Promotes increased root development of new seedlings
  • Lower chlorine content for less burn potential
  • Ideal for landscape and ornamental plants
  • Contains magnesium to maintain green color
  • AVAIL® phosphate enhancer makes the applied phosphorous more available to the turfgrass, thus making the fertilizer more environmentally favorable
    40 lb. covers 5,300 sq. ft. (600-20456)  
Early Spring Lawn Food with Crabgrass ControlEarly Spring Lawn Food With Crabgrass Control 32-0-4
Apply in February-Late March
  • Formulated with Dimension® for post-emergent crabgrass control
  • Contains iron for deeper green color
  • One application controls crabgrass for up to 4 months
  • Stops crabgrass before it starts
  • Contains slow release nitrogen (poly coated/sulfur coated urea-PCSCU)
  • Not for use on or around ornamentals and flowers
    15 lb. covers 5,000 sq. ft. (102-011784)
    45 lb. covers 15,000 sq. ft. (102-11785)

Crabgrass Control with Dimension®Crabgrass Control with Dimension
Apply in February-Late March for season-long control

  • Formulated with Dimension®  
  • Stops crabgrass before it starts
  • Provides post-emergence control up to the 3rd tiller development stage 
  • Dimension® can be applied up to 4 weeks later than other crabgrass preventers
  • Provides up to 4 months of control
    15 lb. covers 5,500 sq. ft. (102-05859)
    45 lb. covers 16,600 sq. ft. (102-05858)


Dimension® is a registered trademark of Dow Agrosciences, LLC.


Late Spring Lawn Food with Broadleaf Weed Control, 32-3-4

Late Spring Lawn Food With Broadleaf Weed Control 32-0-4
Apply in Late March-Late April

  • Controls 250 Broadleaf weeds
  • Contains slow release nitrogen (poly coated/sulfur coated urea–PCSCU)
  • Formulated with iron for deeper green color
  • Weeds controlled include: dandelions, chickweed, knotweed, plantains, henbit, spurge and others
  • Safe for use on Bahia, common Bermuda, Bluegrass, Centipede, Fescue, Rye, St. Augustine and Zoyia grasses
    5,000 sq. ft. coverage (102-11786)
    15,000 sq. ft. coverage (102-11787)


Note: Late Spring Lawn Food with Broadleaf Weed Control can also be used as a fall application to control weeds the following spring.

Broadleaf Weed Control with TrimecBroadleaf Weed Control with Trimec®
Apply in March-May and September-October

  • Controls 190 broadleaf weedsincluding dandelion, chickweed, knotweed, plantains, henbit, spurge and many others  
  • Safe for use on established turf of Kentucky Bluegrass, bent grass, Bahia grass, Centipede grass, fescues, Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass and perennial ryegrass
    10 lb. covers 5,000 sq. ft. (102-05328)
    30 lb. covers 15,000 sq. ft. (102-05857)

Dimension® is a registered trademark of Dow Agrosciences, LLC.


Summer Lawn Food with Insect Control, 9-15-20Summer Lawn Food With Insect Control 9-15-20

  • Contains slow release nitrogen for long lasting green
  • Controls fleas, ticks, ants, and other insects
  • A unique combination of insecticide & fertilizer to
    control insects while replenishing essential nutrients in the turf
    15 lb. covers 5,000 sq. ft. (102-05324) 


Lawn Food 32-0-4
Apply Early April-Late April
 Lawn Food 32-4-4
  • Contains slow release nitrogen (PCSCU) for long lasting greening
  • Formulated with iron for deeper green color
  • Will not burn when applied as directed
  • Apply anytime during the growing season (when grass is actively growing or every 6 weeks) 
  • Creates a greener, thicker lawn
    16 lb. covers 5,000 sq. ft. (102-11790)
    48 lb. covers 15,000 sq. ft. (102-11791)
Fall Lawn Food 25-0-13
Apply Early September and Mid-November (after grass stops growing)Fall Lawn Food 25-3-13
 
  • Contains slow release nitrogen for long lasting greening
  • Contains iron for deeper green color
  • Will not burn when applied as directed
  • Creates a greener, thicker lawn in the spring
    16 lb. covers 5,000 sq. ft. (102-11788)
    48 lb. covers 15,000 sq. ft. (102-11789)

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 invarious 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 offertilizer. In addition, because of its unique slow-release formulation.

CarpetMaker® is more environmentally friendly, with less leaching into the soil or run-off intothe 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 lostin 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.


Application

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 beapplied 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.
 


CarpetMaker® Turf Fertilizer 16-4-8 with 16-4-8CarpetMaker® Turf Fertilizer 16-4-8
Apply in February-Late April and Fall

  • High-quality, all purpose fertilizer with added iron and magnesium for greener and healthier lawns
  • Blended with AVAIL® phosphate fertilizer enhancer making more phosphorus available to the turf and Wolf Trax® micronutrient iron for consistent nutrition
  • 25% slow-release nitrogen from methylene urea
  • Recommended when a pre-emergence herbicide is applied separately.
    40 lb. covers 7,000 sq. ft. (102-37291)

 

AVAIL®

A polymer coating for phosphorus fertilizer helpsincrease phosphorus use efficiency. AVAIL® absorbs aluminum, iron and other cations in the soil to help keep the phosphorus more available. It works with all phosphate fertilizers.

Wolf Trax DDP® Micro-Nutrient Dry Fertilizer Coating

Physically and chemically formulated to coat dry fertilizers. It will not come off. Spreads evenly throughout the fertilizer blend. This ensures micronutrient is spread throughout your turf and plant uptake is more consistent. Granular micronutrients are often unevenly spread throughout a blend, leading to inconsisten tapplication across your lawn. Each fertilizer prill is thoroughly coated with this micro-nutrient. Every time the plant root intercepts a prill of nitrogen, potassium or phosphorus, it is also finding the micro-nutrient. Root to nutrient contact is virtually assured.


Wolf Trax® and DDP® are registered trademarks of Wolf Trax, Incorporated.


CarpetMaker® Turf Fertilizer 16-4-8 with 0.43% Barricade®


CarpetMaker® Professional Quality Turf Fertilizer 16-4-8 with 0.43% Barricade®
Apply in February–Late March for season long control

  • Barricade stops crabgrass and broadleaf weeds before they start with season long protection
  • Barricade is safe for flowers and ornamentals
  • 25% slow-release nitrogen from methylene urea
  • Blended with AVAIL® phosphate fertilizer enhancer making more phosphorus available to the turf and Wolf Trax® micronutrient iron for consistent nutrition
    40 lb. covers 7,400 sq. ft. (641-03456) 

 

CarpetMaker® Turf Fertilizer 6-0-18 with 0.43% Barricade®

CarpetMaker® Turf Fertilizer 6-0-18 with 0.43% Barricade®
Apply in February–Late March for season long control

  • Environmentally friendly with phosphorus free formula
  • Barricade® stops crabgrass and broadleaf weeds before they start with season long protection
  • Barricade® is safe for flowers and ornamentals
  • 100% slow-release nitrogen from methylene urea
  • Blended with Wolf Trax micronutrient for consistent nutrition
  • Non-leaching formula provides uniform feeding even after heavy rain
    40 lb. covers 7,400 sq. ft. (600-20556)

Barricade Length of Crabgrass Control Chart & Pesticide Leaching Potential Chart
Barricade® is a registered trademark of The Andersons, Incorporated. Treflan® is aregistered trademark of Dow AgroSciences, LLC. Ronstar® is a registered trademark of Bayer. Surflan® is a registered trademark of United Phosphoroous, Incorporated.

CarpetMaker® 10-0-20 All SeasonCarpetMaker® 10-0-20 All Season
Apply All Season
  

  • Environmentally friendly with phosphorus free formula
  • Blended with Wolf Trax®micronutrient for consistent nutrition
  • 75% slow-release nitrogen from methylene urea
  • Formulated with magnesium and potassium for summer and winter hardiness
  • Strengthens turf without excessive shoot growth
  • Non-leaching formula provides unifrom feeding even after heavy rain
    40 lb. covers 8,000 sq. ft. (600-20856)

 

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Some states may regulate the use of phosphorus in fertilizers. Please check with your local Southern States dealer for additional information on which fertilizer is right for your task and local region.

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