The Benefits of Laying Potassium Fertilizer in the Fall

October 19th, 2018

Potassium deficiency, commonly referred to as potash deficiency, is a plant disorder that is often seen in light, sandy soils, because potassium ions (K+) are highly soluble and will, therefore, leach from soils without colloids.

Texas communities are entering the thick of the autumn season, which, as many know is the prime time for laying high-potassium fertilizer on your lawn. In addition to providing fall pre-emergent fertilizer for weed prevention, GreenYard also offers potassium-rich fertilization services for our local communities. Read on to learn more about the numerous advantages of administering high-potassium fertilizer on your lawn during the fall season.

  1. Boost Your Lawn’s Metabolism 

In N-P-K fertilizers, potassium (K) is a key nutrient that influences plants’ metabolism. This makes it highly useful for any lawn or garden, as it acts to support the nutrients nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). In particular, potassium helps grasses and other plants retain water, regulates their internal cation-anion balance, and facilitates protein synthesis to invigorate plants for healthier growth.

  1. Assists Root Development

Potassium is also a necessity for root development, which is one of the reasons it’s so helpful for young plants and grass shoots that are putting down new root systems.

Phosphorus aids root growth as well. If your lawn’s plants need help developing a stronger root system, try applying both potassium and phosphorus to the soil and let them work together.

  1. Promote Resistance to Disease

Potassium also strengthens plants’ immune-defense systems, making them less susceptible to disease. Specifically, adding potassium will thicken cell walls and strengthen stalks, stems, and roots, making plants more resistant to various diseases and better able to withstand stress. In lawns that already have insect infestations or diseases, potassium can reduce the severity of the current problem. Take caution, though: dosing a lawn with potassium at the neglect of other nutrients can create a nutritional imbalance in your plants and damage their health. When you apply high-potassium fertilizer, you should remember to apply nitrogen as well, which will support green growth.

Recognizing Potassium Deficiency

If you suspect that your lawn may already be suffering from a potassium deficiency, there are signs and symptoms that you can keep an eye out for. Check out our video below for tips on identifying low-potash grasses and plants.

Besides potassium treatment, GreenYard also provides fire ant pest control for the Katy, TX community. Whether you’re seeking fertilizer treatment or fire ant treatments for your lawn in Katy, TX, give our team here at GreenYard a call today at 281-937-8774.