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How to Fertilize Your Lawn

Whether you have a small or large lawn, I’m sure what it looks like is important to you and maybe even to your neighbors. In last week’s post I talked about the importance of lawn treatment and a couple of ways to take care of your lawn, so this week I’m going to go into more detail on fertilizing such as how and when to fertilize your lawn.


lawn aerator


Why You Should Fertilize Your Lawn

First of all, you need to understand that fertilizer is food for your lawn and there are many advantages to having a well-fertilized yard:


  • Fertilizing builds dense grass which crowds out weeds
  • Fertilizing develops a strong root system and improves the color of your lawn
  • Using a lawn aerator will create holes in the soil and allow fertilizer and water to have a direct path to the roots


How to Choose a Fertilizer

This is where fertilizing can become confusing…there are so many different blends of fertilizer to choose from and each lawn is different.


To accurately fertilize your lawn, collect a soil sample and send it to a local laboratory for analysis. When the results come back they will more than likely send fertilizer recommendations, but that is not the only kind you can use IF you understand the numbers on the report.


If you have ever bought fertilizer before then you may have seen three separate numbers on the bag. Those numbers show the percentage nitrogen, phosphate and potassium that are in that particular soil which is important when feeding your lawn. 


When You Should Fertilize

This may vary for some parts of the country, but for the most part the first feeding should typically happen around early to mid-April when the temperature has begun to rise.


Some may suggest waiting a month and repeating the process, but others might say to wait until mid-summer as you get your lawn ready for fall. So it’s up to you how often you want to fertilize your lawn, but keep in mind…the more you feed it, the more it will grow and that means using the lawn mower more often. 


How to Fertilize Your Lawn

There are many different types of fertilizer spreaders, but choosing a method will depend on the size of your yard.


For smaller lawns a handheld broadcast spreader would do the job. All you have to do is walk slowly and make sure that the fertilizer is evenly distributed.


If the handheld doesn’t do the job for you, then the drop spreader might. It has two wheels so you can push it throughout your lawn and as long as you follow a good path, it will be consistent when distributing the fertilizer.


As far as larger lawns go, I suggest using a broadcast or rotary spreader. It will cover a larger area at a time and will speed up the process.


Each time of year means a different type of lawn care, but summer can be one of the roughest seasons for lawn care. Summer can scorch your grass, but you can plan ahead to make sure your lawn looks great all summer long. 


Beat the Summer Heat


Topics Lawn and Garden