Tips for Fertilizing Your Lawn



Getting sick and tired of looking at your brown, post-winter lawn? Well now is the perfect time to remedy it and fertilize! Studies have shown that the amount of time spent fertilizing affects not only lawn appearance, but its maintenance levels as well. Like most things, putting in some hard work now can save you more time later. Here are a few quick fertilizing tips that will help make your lawn look like the best one in the neighborhood:

  • Use a Broadcast/Rotary Spreader: For larger lawn areas, a broadcast/rotary spreader will work very well. Make sure to fill the hopper over a tarp so you can easily gather any fertilizer that spills. Also, apply the fertilizer around the perimeter of the lawn first before moving inwards to cover the rest.

  • Drop Spreader: Looking for more controlled fertilizer distribution? Try using a drop spreader! While they do cost a bit more, if you’re tending a typical suburban sized lawn, it’s well worth the investment.

  • Fertilizer/Water: About a day or two after applying the fertilizer, you’ll need to thoroughly water your lawn. After the grass dries, apply more fertilizer before lightly watering one more time. The second watering is important because it will wash the fertilizer off the grass blades to better allow it to absorb into the soil beneath. Also try not to fertilize right before an expected downpour of rain since that much water can wash away all the fertilizer, rendering it useless.

  • Grasscycling: This refers to the practice of letting grass clippings lie on the lawn after cutting. Grasscycling can provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs all on it’s own, which of course saves you time and money. It’s not required for you to have a specialized mulching mower in order to grasscycle, but you might want to replace your current mower blade with a mulching blade which will cut the grass into smaller pieces that will decompose quickly.