Canada is the world’s top lawn-fertilizer producer, with some areas having more than double the average of the US.
But while the US planted nearly twice as many lawns as Canada in the summer, Canada had only twice as much annual output.
Here are some of the key reasons for the discrepancy:1.
In the summer of 2012, US soil is a little more acidic than Canadian soil, which makes it more susceptible to bacterial and fungal growths.2.
The soil in the US is much more fertile in summer, which leads to more weeds, and therefore less fertilizer.3.
US lawns are often planted in high-use areas, so if they are not irrigated well, they can’t be grown outdoors and they lose their nutrients.4.
US farmers tend to farm more in the winter, when soil conditions are drier.5.
Because Canada is in the southern hemisphere, summers tend to be longer and the soil tends to be slightly more acidic.
This article was originally published on July 30, 2016.