Teaching you everything you need to know about fertilizing your lawn in one blog post is a tall order! The area in which you live and the type of grass you have both impact what you need to do in order to properly fertilize your lawn. But, there are some basics about fertilizing your lawn that apply to all areas of the country and will help you get started with the process.
- Timing matters
You need to fertilize your lawn on a schedule that considers your geographical location and the type of grass growing in your yard. In general, the best time to fertilize your yard is immediately before it enters the peak growing season. For warm-season grasses, which are typically found in the southwest, late spring and early summer are good times to fertilize. The northern two-thirds of the United States typically contains cool-season grasses that need to be fertilized in the early fall. Check with an expert in your area to confirm which type of grass you have.
- Preparation is essential
If you realized this morning that it is time to fertilize your lawn, you should not be putting on the fertilizer by this afternoon. There are some steps 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.
- Proper tools will make the job easier
Fertilizing your lawn can be a big task, especially if you have a large yard. Thankfully, there are a variety of tools available to help you quickly and thoroughly fertilize your lawn. For small yards, a handheld broadcast spreader may do the trick. Larger lawns will require a spreader that can cover more area such as a drop spreader or rotary spreader. If you have a very large area to cover, you may want to consider buying an attachment for your mower to save time and energy.
Keep these three tips in mind as you make a lawn fertilization schedule. If you do not have time for the task or have questions, reach out to a professional lawn care company. They will know the best timing for fertilizing in your area and can even complete the whole process for you!