There are several times throughout the year that property owners should fertilize their lawns. Spring is considered the optimal time to fertilize your lawn, this is because the soil temperature will reach approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the soil will encourage most lawn plants will begin to grow again. Here is when you should fertilize:
Early Spring– This is the beginning of the growing season. Feed your hungry lawn! Weather permitting, February to April is actually a good time to consider fertilizing.
Late Spring– From April to June, your grass will have used up its energy reserves, so you should reinforce it with a round of fertilizer application. If you already applied fertilizer in early spring, you should wait 6-8 weeks before applying the second round.
What Kind of Fertilizer Should I Use?
Conventional fertilizer available at retail stores will typically be labeled as “pre-emergent” or spring fertilizer. While this is a good indicator of what to look for, there are specific numbers you should keep an eye out for, 20, 5, and 10. Lawn fertilizer should contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These three nutrients are vital for the health of your lawn. Each nutrient should have a number labeled above them to indicate its content percentage. A good spring mix should contain 20% nitrogen, 5% phosphorus, and 10% potassium.
Use Slow-Release Fertilizer
As their name implies, slow-release fertilizer releases nutrients slowly over time, making them last longer, depending on how much you water. The trick is to find the balance between keeping your grass green and healthy without causing it to grow too fast. Faster growing grass means more mowing.
Use Granular Fertilizer
For homeowners, granules can help make spreading fertilizer more even. Build up of fertilizer in one area could burn and kill your grass, effectively doing the opposite of your intentions. Granular fertilizer can be easily spread with a spreader. Professionals have the perfect fertilizers and equipment to distribute an even application of fertilizer every time.
What Should I Do After I Fertilize My Lawn?
After application, the next steps should be clean up. Fertilizer that has been left behind could cause health risks to people, pets, and the natural environment. It is important that you take precautions to prevent mishaps. Fertilizer that has been left behind could potentially burn your grass, or runoff into storm drains. When loading your spreader, try laying down a tarp underneath to catch wayward granules.
Water Your Lawn
Watering is still important to keep your lawn growing strong. However, don’t overwater, as your grass will use up more nutrients faster to keep up with its growing habits. You may need to wet your lawn prior to applying fertilizer to break down the granules. Be sure to follow instructions on the fertilizer label.
Hire a Professional Lawn Care Services
If you are not sure how to go about fertilizing your lawn or simply do not have the time, hiring a professional lawn care service could really save you. Lush Lawn has been serving the Southeast Michigan area for nearly 15 years. Our technicians have the equipment and experience to take care of all of your lawn application needs. We will work around your schedule to ensure your grass is at its healthiest and your yard is at its most beautiful. Contact us today for a free estimate on services!