Understanding the Types of Fertilizers

Apr 10, 2021 | Lawn Fertilization

If you want to have a lush, green lawn you have probably been told you need to fertilize your lawn regularly.  Yet, when you visit a home and garden store you may find that there are many different types of fertilizer.  How do you know which one is the right one for your needs?  Understanding the basic types of fertilizer will help you choose the product that is going to benefit your yard the best.


Ammonium Sulfate

This type of fertilizer is best for highly alkaline soil.  Ammonium sulfate fertilizers help to provide sulfur to the soil, effectively lowering the pH of the soil. Chemicals in ammonium sulfate are easily absorbed by the roots.  This type of fertilizer is generally diluted in water or applied as a top dressing.

Chemical Fertilizer

Chemical products are manufactured from petroleum, animal, or rock-derived products.  These products are refined to allow for super concentration of the nutrients to allow for fast absorption rates.  This is a great option for spring applications.

Organic Fertilizers

Organic products are composed of animal, plant, and other natural minerals including rock phosphate, manure, blood meal, fish by-products, and cottonseed meal.  Organic fertilizers have a slower release rate, making them ideal for fall applications.


Urea is processed from ammonia and a cost-effective solution for a nitrogen-rich and quick-release fertilizer. It’s important if you use urea that it is mixed with soil to prevent loss of other gasses during conversion to nitrogen.  Urea is a great fertilizing option for grass that prefers more acidic soil.

Archer Services Can Help Provide Insight Into Your Landscaping Needs

Want to improve the fullness and color of your grass? The right fertilizer can make all the difference.  Properly fertilized, your lawn can become lush and be the deep green color you have always wanted it to be.  With years of experience, Archer Services has the knowledge needed to determine what type of fertilizer will best suit the unique needs of your lawn.  Contact us today to schedule a consultation!  We look forward to exceeding your expectations and beautifying your lawn.



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