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When Should I Fertilize My Lawn?

Fertilizer is a vital step in growing and maintaining a healthy and vibrant lawn. The truth is that most homeowners do not understand fertilizer, how to use it, or how frequently fertilizer should be applied. It is common to mistakenly believe that once your lawn is green, it will more or less take care of itself with watering and mowing. Remember that when it comes to fertilizer, you can do more harm than good it if it is not applied and the right time or in the correct way. Below are some general advice and lawn care tips to help you understand more about lawn fertilization and what may work best for your home or business.  

Understanding lawn fertilizer and when to use it.

One of the first steps is to determine what your goals are with your lawn and property. This means answering questions about how healthy you want your yard to be, and if you are able to keep up with fertilization on your own. For older homeowners, busy parents, business people, or those who own a larger property, it can be challenging to find time for their lawns and yards in general. People in these situations may find it is well worth the investment to hire a professional lawn maintenance company that can keep up with fertilizing and mowing, and maintaining their lawn.  

When should I fertilize my lawn? 

The ideal situation is to spread out fertilization when lawn typically needs the nutrients the most. Professionals will usually recommend fertilizing at the beginning and end of spring, mid-summer, and the beginning and end of fall. In some situations, a winter application may also be recommended depending on how the lawn is holding up to winter’s cold and dryness.  

The beginning of spring is the most important time to get your lawn properly fertilized. In many ways, this will set up your property for success throughout the rest of the year. Spring is a time to kill weeds that have germinated and jumpstart the growth of your turf. 

A mid-summer fertilization can be used to promote color and growth. This is generally lighter fertilization that can be used to give your lawn a little extra support through tough summer months.  

Finally, fall fertilization will help to ensure that your lawn stays healthy before winter while tackling weeds that may pop up during the fall.  

Considerations to make before fertilizing.

One aspect that homeowners may not be aware of is that when you factor in travel, time, and the overall cost of quality product, hiring a professional is more or less equal to doing it yourself. It is also important to purchase proper materials from local supply companies or garden shops. This is because the staff is generally more knowledgeable than big-box realtors. We are going to be covering other common pitfalls people can face with lawn fertilization in future articles. Check our website in the future to learn more about how homeowners can avoid common problems with their lawn.