Home Landscaping: The Impact of Grass Type, Nitrogen & Earthworms

Whether you are selling real estate or simply want to create a more pleasing curb appeal to your home, the foundation for that curb appeal will lie, primarily, in techniques used to care for the lawn. Being familiar with your grass type and what insects and worms are beneficial to your yard are all important aspects of creating that beautiful luscious green landscape.

Many aspects of your lawn care will evolve around the type of grass in your yard. Hopefully, your yard is limited to just one type of grass however, in many cases, the yard may be experiencing a culmination or variety of grass types. For this reason, be sure you check across the entire lawn to confirm the grass types. For assistance with typing your grass, visit a local home improvement store as they, generally, provide guides and information on grass types.

Once your grass type is determined, the next step to creating a luscious yard will be to determine what level of nitrogen your grass requires. Again, this can be determined through assistance with the staff at your local home improvement store. But, as a general rule, two pounds of nitrogen rich fertilizer should be used, one pound for Spring and one pound for Fall, for every 1,000 square feet of yard. If your grass is a more northern, turf-like grass, your fertilizer will need to be more nitrogen rich.

As an added source of nitrogen, consider leaving your grass clippings in the yard after you have mowed. In doing so, you are providing your grass, on average, about one pound of fertilizer rich in nitrogen. By removing the grass clippings, that natural source of nitrogen fertilizer is removed, thus requiring the manual re-application with store bought fertilizer.

In addition to nitrogen based fertilizer, your grass will also receive great benefit from worms found growing and living in your grass. Earthworms provide a naturally based nutrient fertilizer with the removal of their casings and even with the decay as they die. As they live and work under the ground, they provide great fertilization to your ground and grass, adding to the natural fertilization of the landscape. If you want to capitalize upon the use of earthworms in your yard, then, consider using a fertilizer that is less acidic as an abundance of acid in the fertilizer can lead to deterioration in earthworm population.

As with any landscape or lawn care needs, the first step is to know your yard. Know what type of grass you have in the yard and be sure to look at all facets of the yard as the type of grass may vary from one area to another. Once this is known, you are on your way to creating both a manual application of fertilizer and creating a habitat for natural fertilization using these simple guidelines and the assistance of your local home improvement store.