When it comes to the different products that lawn care companies use to take care of your lawn, there can be a wide range…not only in quality but in quantities used, how they are applied, how they function as a system, etc.
Let’s start with fertilizer, after all, it could be considered the core of any comprehensive turf health program. There are many standard “off the shelf” options, that utilize common industry analyses of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Some may contain a form of granular iron (Fe), and others perhaps a little calcium (Ca). Depending on the intended use, some may also have their prills impregnated with certain control products. While not inherently bad products, they live up to their name of “common fertilizer products.” They don’t allow the lawn care company to truly dial in the nutrients they are applying, thus a relatively cookie-cutter type program emerges from their use.
On the other hand, custom-blended fertilizer products that some companies utilize allow the exact desired nutrients to be delivered to the lawn. Once a comprehensive nutrient schedule has been created, fertilizer products are custom blended so that the exact nutrients can be delivered in the amount and frequency desired. This results in a much more tailored approach, without much or any of the fertilizer bag contents going to waste via fertilizer bag filler.