Lawn Fertilization Tips and Suggestions

Lawn Fertilization Tips

At least twice a year, it is a good idea to fertilize your lawn. The best way to do this is to use a drop spreader. You just pour the fertilizer into the top and then it drops out of the bottom. You can then alter the settings to adjust the amount of fertilizer that is dropped onto your lawn.

To get started, measure your lawn to estimate the amount of fertilizer that you will need to buy. The bag will include instructions that are specific to the brand of fertilizer that you will be spreading. Something that you will need to remember is that the more about of nitrogen that is in the fertilizer, the more you will need to mow your lawn. Below are some helpful pointers when it comes to fertilizing your lawn:

  • Cool season lawns such as bluegrass and tall fescue should be fertilized in late fall or late spring.
  • Warm season lawns like Bermudagrass and St. Augustine should be fertilized in late spring or early summer, and then again in late summer.
  • Fertilize around the edges of the lawn, and the edging is a good place to keep the wheel.
  • Walk at your average normal pace while doing so.
  • When you get to the end, shut off the spreader.
  • Never fertilize a dry lawn. An exception to this is if your lawn has been turned brown by drought, then it is a good time to fertilize.
  • Always water your lawn after fertilizing.
  • Wait until cool weather until fertilizing.
  • Nitrogen is a very important ingredient in lawn fertilization, however every lawn requires a different amount to ensure it looks the best it can look.

Not only does the frequency in which you fertilize determine the appearance of your lawn, but it also determines the amount of maintenance you will have to keep up with with your lawn. The more often your fertilize, the more maintenance and mowing you will have to do regularly. Make sure to decide on a fertilizing schedule that will not only meet your aesthetic expectations, but your maintenance expectations as well.