Figuring out everything you need to know about fertilizing your lawn in one blog post is a lot to expect, but we're up for the challenge. The city in which you're gardening and the type of grass you have both impact what you need to do in order to fertilize your lawn correctly. However, there are some basics about fertilizing your lawn that apply as a general rule for lawn care in any city and will help you get started with the process.
Timing is important
You need to fertilize your lawn on a timeline that considers your specific location and the type of grass growing in your yard. In general, the best time to fertilize your yard is right before the peak growing season starts. For warm-season grasses, which are usually found in the southwest, late spring and early summer are good times to fertilize. The northern parts of the United States usually contains cool-season grasses that need to be fertilized in the early fall. If you're not sure what type of grass you have, ask a landscaping expert to let you know.
Preparation is necessary
If you're just realizing that it is time to fertilize your lawn, you should not be applying the fertilizer by this afternoon. There are some preparations you need to take in order to prepare your yard for fertilization. First, you need to aerate your soil. Soil aeration is a process that can improve the results you get from fertilizing your yard. When you aerate your soil, it creates holes in the yard that allow water, fertilizer, and other nutrients to quickly reach the root system of the grass. You can aerate your yard by using an aerating attachment on your mower for a larger yard or a handheld tool for a smaller yard. After aerating, you need to thoroughly water your lawn then allow it to dry for a day or two. After you have completed those two steps you are ready to fertilize your lawn.
Using the correct tools will make the job easier
Fertilizing your lawn can be a little overwhelming, especially if you have a large yard. Thankfully, there are a bunch of tools out there that are designed to help you quickly and thoroughly fertilize your lawn. For small yards, a handheld broadcast spreader may do the trick. Larger lawns will need a spreader that can cover more area such as a drop spreader or rotary spreader. If you have a really big yard to cover, you may want to consider getting an attachment for your mower because it will help you reduce the time and energy it takes to finish the job.
Keep these three ideas in mind as you make a lawn fertilization schedule. If you do not have time for the task or have questions, call a professional lawn care company. They will know the best schedule for fertilizing in your area and can even finish the entire job for you.