Aug 4, 2016

When Should You Fertilize?

Maintaining your front lawn green and healthy is no easy task. Aside from investing in money-saving lawn mowers and water hoses, you also need to invest in a good fertilizer.

However, feeding your lawn with fertilizer is another challenging task that you would have to face. All of the effort that you have done to keep your lawn healthy would be in vain if you oversaturate your lawn with fertilizer. But don’t fret - here are some tips on when to apply fertilizer for your lawn from our experts themselves.
     Know the type of grass you grow.
Before applying fertilizer, you should know what type of grass you have for your lawn. If your fertilizer does not work on your lawn, then the money you spent for fertilizer will be put to waste.

For starters, there are warm-season and cool-season types of grass. It is best to give fertilizer to cool-season types twice during fall and once in spring, but not too early in spring. For warm-season types, it is best to fertilize your lawn in early spring, when the grass is starting to turn green, in late spring, and in early fall. 

The growth of grass normally slows down during especially warmer temperatures, so do not be tempted to put fertilizer in summer.

However, these are just general guidelines. Make sure to do your research and know the appropriate fertilizer for your lawn.

     Fertilize when the soil is not frozen.
Do not fertilize when the grass is dormant. When fertilizing in early spring, make sure that the soil is already thawed. If you fertilize while the soil is still frozen, the fertilizer might be washed away by rain. You would not want your fertilizer to flow to the streams and rivers and pollute your water source.

     Aim for balance.
Nutrients for the lawn should all be in their required levels. Nitrogen should be provided during their active-growth stage, but other nutrients should also be present.

Fertilizers have three numbers to indicate the percentage level of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in them. Research the correct amount of these elements for the type of grass that you have. 

Make sure that the other nutrients for the lawn are not forgotten so that you will get a greener lawn. For instance, if there is too much nitrogen, the plant will grow too fast and you would have to mow the lawn too often.

Using fertilizer for your lawn takes patience and a little bit of research. To avoid losing the money that you spent for your lawn, start to follow the proper timing for fertilizing and take note of these tips today.

Written by Boulder Creek Lawn & Landscape, the best service for landscaping in Jefferson City, MO.

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