Choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn can be a confusing proposition. The Turf Expert, Dr. Trey Rogers, tells us it doesn’t actually have to be that way. According to Trey, your local garden center usually selects only what you need in your area for that given time of year. The numbers that you see on the packaging give you an indication of what you are getting. They represent the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

In the fall you want a product with all three numbers roughly equal. In spring you’ll want the first number (nitrogen) to be larger in comparison because your lawn will need more nitrogen to put on new growth and green up. Often products with identical percentages have different prices. In these cases the cost difference is usually about longevity. The more expensive product should last longer in the lawn.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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