What is the Best Fertilizer for My Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn is an important part of keeping it healthy and green. Spring and fall fertilization can help ensure that your lawn is healthy and vibrant all season long. We’ll show you how to pick the right fertilizer for your lawn, and how to fertilize properly.

Types of Fertilizers

Starter Lawn Fertilizer

Starter lawn fertilizers are specially formulated to really help your grass roots take hold in the soil, giving you the foundation you need to grow a healthy, green lawn. You’ll need to apply it every 6-8 weeks during the first growing season.

Liquid Lawn Fertilizer

Liquid lawn fertilizer usually comes in a concentrated form, and remember, a little goes a long way. Liquid fertilizers tend to absorb more rapidly into the grass, while normal fertilizer may take a bit longer to take effect.

Granular Lawn Fertilizer

Granular fertilizers are applied with a spreader, giving you an even amount over your entire lawn. Once you’ve spread it, you’ll need to water your lawn for the fertilizer to start working. Granular fertilizers are good because you can see how much you’re laying down, giving you complete control of how much you’re using in specific areas.

Slow-release Lawn Repair

While normal fertilizers last for about 6-8 weeks after application, slow-release fertilizers can last up to 12 weeks – meaning you won’t have to reapply as often, making it a great spring lawn fertilizer. There is also a less concern about burning your lawn with a slow-release fertilizer.

How to Read Fertilizer Numbers

The three numbers found on fertilizer packaging represent NPK ratios. NPK stands for nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. The numbers represent the percentages of each nutrient in the fertilizer. An NPK value of 10-5-5 means that the fertilizer contains 10% nitrogen, 5% phosphorus and 5% potassium.

NPK ratios will be different for every lawn depending on the climate. Nitrogen makes your lawn green and helps it grow, potassium makes your grass hardier and more drought resistant and phosphorous is responsible for stimulating root growth while helping your seeds sprout.

When and Why to Use Lawn Fertilizer

The best time to fertilize your lawn is during the fall and spring. In the fall, your grass is growing and storing nutrients, making it an ideal time to feed it. In the spring, your grass has just awoken from the winter and is hungry for nutrients to help it grow. Before you fertilize, make sure to check your local forecast, if there’s rain in the next day or so, it will save you water and really feed your lawn well. Avoid fertilizing a lawn that is already wet, but rather fertilize a dry lawn and then water it for maximum effectiveness.

How to Prepare Grass for Lawn Fertilizer

How to Prepare Grass for Lawn Fertilizer

When preparing your lawn for fertilizer, make sure to rake it through – removing any debris or clumped up grass that may have accumulated. Be sure to repair any bald or dead spots prior to fertilizing.

How to Apply Lawn Fertilizer

First, you’ll need to figure out the square footage of your lawn. Once you’ve got that, fill a spreader with the appropriate amount of fertilizer – your fertilizer bag will have the recommended spreading setting that you should set it to. Make sure that your spreader hole is closed before pouring fertilizer in the hopper. Push the spreader while walking forward, never pull it backwards. The fertilizer should spray out in a fan shape. Continue to spread your fertilizer until you’ve achieved the appropriate coverage. Once complete, water your lawn to finish the fertilizing process.

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