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When to fertilize your lawn

When to fertilize your lawn

There’s no doubt that lawns need fertilizer, but it’s easy to make mistakes, like applying the wrong nutrients or fertilizing at the wrong time. If you fertilize your lawn when it doesn’t need it, you’re essentially throwing money away, so it’s essential to apply fertilizers at the right time, and use no more than necessary.

The last thing your lawn needs is constant overfeeding. It does nothing to benefit your turf grass, and can be damaging to the environment. For most lawns, applying fertilizer once or twice a year is enough to keep your grass green and healthy. Precisely when you apply fertilizer depends partly on your climate, but mostly on the type of grass you have. The key is to fertilize during the season when your grass is doing the most growing.

Warm season grasses including varieties like Bermuda grass, St. Augustine, zoysia, centipede and buffalo grass, warm-season grasses go partially dormant in winter, doing most of their growing during the summer. Warm-season grasses should be fertilized in early summer so they have plenty of nutrients for their active period. If necessary, they can be fertilized again in August.

It is also important to choose the right day. The best time to fertilize is the day after a hard rain or a significant watering. Check the weather forecast and avoid applying fertilizer right before a rainstorm, as a heavy downpour can cause many of the nutrients to leach out of the soil before the grass can use them. For best results, use a slow-release fertilizer, which provides better nutrition in the long run. After applying fertilizer, gently water your lawn just enough to wash the fertilizer off the leaves and into the soil.

As always, give us a call and we will help coordinate getting all of this done for you. The right way and at the right price.

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One Response to “When to fertilize your lawn”

  1. Tuokol says:

    Try watering the lawn early in the mniorng or late at nite so the sun is not beaming down on it. If all else fails, call a lawn treatment service. Maybe they could give you some tips or come for a visit to check the lawn out.

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