With several seasons throughout the year and different opinions on the topic, you may be asking yourself “when should I fertilize my lawn to produce the healthiest and longest-lasting grass?” Truthfully, there is no singular answer, as different climates across the United States produce different grass types and results in growth. In this blog, we will be going over a general estimate on when you should fertilize your grass for the best results. It is best to take this guide and apply it in a tailored manner to your specific climate for the best results!
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Timing Is Key
Long story short, the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the springtime when the soil has just started consistently staying at 55 degrees for the majority of the time. An easy indicator of knowing that you have arrived at this point without busting the thermometer is by noticing your surroundings. Are the lilacs beginning to blossom? Is the grass uncovered and growing? If this is the case, that means that it is just about time to begin the fertilization process. If you live in a climate where a second wind of winter may strike in the upcoming days, it is okay to delay the fertilization process as to not waste your time and money. For most parts of the country, the soil will consistently stay at 55 degrees by April of May.
This Isn’t a One-and-Done Deal
To achieve proper fertilization of your lawn, it is important to note that you will need more than one application. While you will not be fertilizing every week, you will have to schedule out some time to give your lawn the attention and nutrients it needs to properly thrive. Again, we recommend the first round of fertilization to happen when your soil reaches a temperature of 55 degrees (generally Mid-April to Early-May).
After the first round of fertilization has been applied, take a few weeks to analyze your lawn’s growth and durability, and then move onto the next round. This second round of feeding should take place about four weeks after your first (May-June). This ensures that the lawn is getting the nutrients that it needs, without becoming smothered.
After this second feeding, we recommend feeding every 6-8 weeks through October. This helps regulate a healthy “diet” for your lawn in between the varying weather that summers and falls can produce. The weather generally begins to get cold starting in October, so getting at least one more fertilization round before the temperature drops is essential in your lawn growing properly the following year. Alternating granule fertilizer with organic material (such as manure) is also important at this stage to not overdo some of the elements.
Fall feeding for your lawn is essential too, so make sure to get at least one round of fertilizer (heavy on root promoting elements) down before the weather takes a dive for the winter. This will promote root strength and durability to survive the cold months.
Don’t Forget the Water
We hope that this is self-explanatory, but life as we know it is not possible without water. All lawns need water, and this is especially true with lawns that are being fertilized. The more fertilizer you use, the more water you will need to properly spread the fertilizer and maintain the grass conditions.
With an automatic watering system, you will need to fertilize every six weeks. You can add an additional two weeks in between the fertilizations if you do not use a sprinkler system.
One last reminder, make sure you read the instructions on your fertilizer before you fertilize the lawn. Some fertilizers need to be applied to wet surfaces, while others do not.
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