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Macro vs Micro Nutrients in Your Lawn

Macronutrients and micronutrients are essential for the growth and health of your lawn. Here's how they differ and their impact on your yard:

Macronutrients: Macronutrients are nutrients that are required in larger quantities by plants. They include nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), commonly known as NPK.

  1. Nitrogen (N): Nitrogen is essential for the growth and green color of your lawn. It helps promote leaf growth and photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants produce their own food.

  2. Phosphorus (P): Phosphorus is crucial for root growth, seed production, and flower development. It also helps with energy storage and transfer within the plant.

  3. Potassium (K): Potassium is important for overall plant health, helping to regulate water uptake, improve drought tolerance, and enhance disease resistance.

Micronutrients: Micronutrients are nutrients that are required in smaller quantities by plants, but are still important for their growth and health. These include iron, zinc, copper, and others.

  1. Iron: Iron helps with photosynthesis, producing chlorophyll and giving plants their green color.

  2. Zinc: Zinc helps with root growth and the production of hormones that regulate growth and development.

  3. Copper: Copper helps with enzyme production and the development of roots and stems.

Having the right balance of macronutrients and micronutrients is important for the overall health and growth of your lawn. If your soil is lacking in any of these essential nutrients, you can add them through fertilization or by using organic matter like compost.

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