Our 6-Treatment Lawn Fertilizing Program

At Alternative EarthCare, we offer a 6 treatment program for the fertilization of your lawn. We apply a fertilizer/soil conditioner every 4-6 weeks, 6 times beginning in early to mid- April through to the November and December months.

Our Lawn Fertilization Services

These 6 applications consist of a well-balanced nutrient concentration. The key to our fertilizer is the balance of nutrients, as we all know too much of anything is not good, the same is true for your long island lawn. Too much nitrogen, for instance, can cause excessive top growth, reduce root storage, and increase winterkill. Lawn fertilizers also can be slow-releasing or fast-releasing, which will effect your landscape as well.

All of our products are of the highest quality available, and are applied at the proper rates to promote a healthier, greener lawn, with far deeper roots than conventional fertilizers. Depending on whether you choose the Organic Program and products, or a Synthetic Program, these products may be a liquid or a granular product.

Fertilizing increases growth, color, vigor, hardiness, thickens the grass and is the mainstay of having a rich dark lawn. While fertilizing alone will not provide a perfect lawn, it is one of the most important parts of lawn care.

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Lime Application Services

Lime is applied to soil to increase pH, or increase acidity, as grass likes to be on the acidic side. However, over applying lime is just as detrimental as needing it and going without. It is that balance of pH that is at stake with over-application, causing the soil to become to base or alkali.

When the soil is too base or too acidic, it cannot grow beautifully green and healthy. Balancing the soil’s pH is paramount in establishing a healthy root system and green foliage.

Lime is composed of ground limestone, which contains the minerals calcium and magnesium. It commonly comes in a concentrated powder, which when dusted is absorbed into the soil.

The Importance of a Proper pH

pH is a measure of acidity, with numbers ranging from 0 to 14. For example, vinegar and lemon juice are common acids, which therefore have a pH rating lower than 7. By contrast, substances with a pH above 7 are considered alkali, or base substances, such as bleach or ammonia.

For a healthy lawn, your soil should be balanced as slightly acidic, with a pH between 6 and 7. We at Alternative EarthCare understand lawn care, and can provide professional soil testing to make sure your lawn has the proper pH.

A proper pH balance in the lawn will also allow the lawn to properly absorb applied fertilizer & nutrients in the soil.