Taking proper care of your lawn has many benefits. There’s nothing like driving up to your house after a long day at work and seeing your perfectly manicured lawn out front. Your neighbors and guests will appreciate how much work you’ve put into making your house look welcoming, and the property value of your house will increase. However, if you’re a new homeowner, or have only recently decided to invest some time and money into your lawn, you might not know where to start.
Fertilizing your lawn is the answer. Providing your lawn with the nutrient that it needs to grow will make a world of difference in how healthy it looks and feels. This might seem like it’s an easy thing to do, but before you break out the fertilizer and attempt to handle this project on your own, consider a few factors.
Fertilizing your lawn isn’t just a one and done job. Typically, lawn fertilization is done 3-5 times a year. You’ll have to use a spreader to scatter the granules of the fertilizer evenly throughout your entire lawn, or you might end up with brown spots. Consider the time you’ll be putting into this task. If you already have a fairly busy schedule, you should think about hiring a professional to do it for you.
The best thing about hiring a professional to handle your lawn care is that you’re guaranteed to be happy with the results. Experienced landscape experts have fertilized a ton of lawns, so they know what they’re doing. If you do enough research, take your time and use the right tools, you might be able to achieve your desired results, but there are no guarantees. Especially if you’ve never done something like this before, bringing in a landscaper might be a good idea the first time around.
DIY projects are usually designed to save you money. Although it can be a great feeling to accomplish something on your own, the point of a DIY project is usually that you’ll be saving money do for yourself what you’d usually hire a professional to do. Fertilizing your lawn might be the exception to that rule. The supplies you’ll need to purchase include the fertilizer itself, which costs about $40 for a 14 lb. bag and an applicator that runs around $30. For a year, this will end up costing you around $200. The cost of hiring a professional varies depending on the size of your lawn and what it needs, but it typically only costs around $50 per application.
We’re not saying that no one is capable of fertilizing their own lawn. Many people have done this with decent results in the past. Just consider all of the factors we’ve just listed before deciding, and call your local landscaping company to get an estimate before you begin.