(FOX 2) - Not interested in purchasing fertilizer for your yard this year? Fox 2 has you covered.
Or rather, the brooding thunderstorm clouds anticipated this spring have you covered. But it's going to require a little precision. Position your yard under a swelling storm system and have lightning strike the grass. That bolt of light will cause your grass to grow.
Here's how it works:
Nitrogen, the most abundant element in Earth's atmosphere, can't be used by vegetation in its current state. Considered "raw," it needs a catalyst that will change its form.
The electrical process infused in lightning is that catalyst. When a strike occurs, the energy breaks apart nitrogen and converts it into nitrogen dioxide. From there, it's carried on rain drops to the ground where it soaks into the lawn growing below.
Why? Because nitrogen dioxide is a nitrate - the same ingredient in fertilizer that promotes growth.