Lawn Care Acronyms NPK

Lawn Care Acronyms (The Definitive Guide to Lawn Care Terms)

Photo of author

Written By: Mark Marino, a Massachusetts Core Applicator License holder
and owner/operator of Lawn Phix,

No AI pledge. Authored and reviewed by Mark, not robots. Learn more.

Updated on

No comments

No matter the level of lawn care enthusiast, things can get tricky. Whether it be mother nature throwing us a curveball, irrigation issues, or simple human error, there’s a lot to learn.

Nothing can be more confusing for the beginner DIY lawn care fanatic than scrolling through Facebook and seeing posts and comments with a bunch of acronyms.

These tables of lawn care acronyms should help clear things up. Here is the ultimate guide to the ever-growing list of lawn care acronyms.

Grass Acronyms

ACRONYMMEANING
KBGKentucky Bluegrass
PRGPerennial Ryegrass
TTTFTurf Type Tall Fescue
POAPoa Annua
JG BBUJonathan Green Black Beauty Ultra (grass seed)

Fertilizer Acronyms

ACRONYMMEANING
AMAmmonium Nitrate
CaCalcium
NPKNitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium
MOPMurate of Potash
FASFerrous Ammonium Sulfate
FeIron
MgMagnesium
CXCarbonX
MiloMilorganite
SOPSulfate of Potash
PCSCUPolymer-Coated Sulfur-Coated Urea 
XCU®A new form of PCSCU (from Agrium Advanced Technologies)
RGSRoot Growth Stimulant (from N-Ext)

Herbicide Acronyms

ACRONYMMEANING
2-WayHerbicide containing 2 components/active ingredients (e.g. 2, 4-D and Dicamba)
3-WayHerbicide containing 3 components/active ingredients (e.g. 2, 4-D, Mecoprop-p and Dicamba)
4-WayHerbicide containing 4 components/active ingredients (e.g. 2, 4-D, triclopyr, dicamba and pyraflufen-ethyl)
BLWBroadleaf Weeds
DFDry Flowable
DGDispersible Granules
MesoMesotrione (Tenacity)
MSOMethylated Seed Oil
NISNon-Ionic Surfactant
PGRPlant Growth Regulator
Pre-MPre-emergent
WDGWettable Dispersible Granule
WSGWettable Soluble Granule

Other Acronyms

ACRONYMSMEANING
AIActive Ingredient
DIYDo It Yourself
DMODo My Own
HOCHeight of Cut
IPMIntegrated Pest Management
LCNLawn Care Nut (Allyn Hane)
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment
Prop (14.3)Propiconazole
SCSuspended Concentrate

Was the information on this page helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!
Author's Note: this piece has been updated for accuracy since its first publication on

If you buy something from one of our affiliate links, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I've used these products and provided an honest opinion on every product I review. This helps support our site and its free content, lawn care guides, and calendars. Learn more.

Photo of author
Author: Mark Marino
My name is Mark Marino, and I am the founder, owner, and operator of Lawn Phix. With a passion for lawn care and turf nutrition for over a decade, I've dedicated countless hours to correcting soil and perfecting lawns. Today, my expertise, backed by formal courses at UMass Extension Pesticide Education, allows me to offer top-tier lawn care services and advice. I am a fully licensed and insured lawn care applicator in Massachusetts, specializing in comprehensive turf nutrition, weed control, and lawn pest control. My license number is AL-0053865. Contact me at [email protected] or +1 (508) 500-8402.

Leave a Comment